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Portland Harper Lecture with Gil J. Stein: In the Shadow of the Taliban
The director of the Oriental Institute explores the on-going efforts to save Afghanistan's cultural heritage.

Cost: $20 General Admission
Registration Required: Alumni and Friends Event Website

Afghanistan is the quintessential "crossroads of culture" where the civilizations of the Middle East, Central Asia, India, and China came together over millennia in a shifting mixture of trade, migration, and conquest. This history gave rise to some of the most important archaeological and artistic treasures in world cultural heritage. However, as exemplified by the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the looting of their National Museum, Afghanistan faces deep and continuing threats to this cultural patrimony.

During 30 years of continuous warfare, the museum lost more than 140,000 objects and almost all of their object records to looting and vandalism during this conflict. Despite this, the National Museum retains priceless collections of art and artifacts of Afghanistan's heritage. The Oriental Institute is working with the US State Department and the National Museum of Afghanistan to develop a bilingual Dari-English database and conduct the first-ever complete inventory of the museum's collections. Stein's talk will showcase highlights of Afghanistan's ancient cultures and describe the efforts to protect this heritage.

Gil J. Stein is director of the Oriental Institute and professor of Near Eastern archaeology at the University of Chicago. He has excavated and surveyed in Arizona, New Mexico, Turkey, and Syria, and is starting a new project in Iraqi Kurdistan. His publications and research interests focus on the development of early cities and state societies in the Near East, zooarchaeology, economic systems, and the archaeology of ancient colonies. Since 2012 he has travelled to Kabul multiple times as the principal investigator of the Oriental Institute and National Museum partnership.

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Event Information
Sunday, Nov 3 2013 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm [ iCal ]
The Governor Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205