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[BBL] Smithsonian Global Using Culture for Resilience and Sustainability

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May 2, 2018 | 12:30 AM | MC 3 – 850


Smithsonian Global:

Using Culture for Resilience and Sustainability

Iraq, Armenia and Tunisia Case Studies

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm | Room: MC 3 – 850

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The Smithsonian as the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities is shaping the future by preserving our shared global heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. Molly Fannon, Director of the Office of International Relations, and Jessica Johnson, Head of Conservation at the Museum Conservation Institute, will discuss the Smithsonian’s work in the international sector by highlighting case studies of cultural heritage tourism and research as well as preservation and recovery efforts in Iraq, Armenia and Tunisia.


Molly Fannon, Director, Office of International Relations, Smithsonian

Jessica Johnson, Head of Conservation, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian



Laura E. Bailey, Lead Social Development Specialist, Fragility Conflict & Violence, SURR GP, World Bank


About the Presenters:


Molly Fannon is the Director of the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs. As the Institution’s lead representative for all international programs, her portfolio spans the entire Institution, from biodiversity conservation, to climate change research, to cultural heritage preservation and recovery, to cultural tourism and education. Ms. Fannon leads the Smithsonian’s museum advisory and training programs, and regularly speaks on behalf of the Smithsonian, with recent keynote addresses and major speeches to organizations such as the World Customs Organization, UNESCO, and USAID. Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Fannon led global engagement programs at the Smithsonian focused on building the capacity of emerging cultural sectors in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. With a background in the private sector, she also worked on large-scale international economic development programs, funded by institutions such as USAID, the World Bank, and the InterAmerican Bank.



Jessica Johnson is the Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute specializing in archaeological materials. She received an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a B.Sc. in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Before coming to MCI, she worked with the University of Delaware, Institute for Global Studies, and helped to establish the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, Iraq, where she worked from 2009-2014. At the IICAH, she served as Program Director and most recently as the Academic Director. Ms. Johnson is very familiar with the Smithsonian, as she was a senior conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian from 2000-2009. In addition to her recent 5-year stint in Iraq, Ms. Johnson has had extensive experience in field conservation working with archaeologists in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Cyprus. She has developed curricula and taught extensively on conservation in the US and abroad.

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