Saving Our Cultural Heritage - Dr. Jonathan Bell

By Geographical Society of Philadelphia (other events)

Wednesday, October 26 2022 6:30 PM 8:30 PM EST

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 6:30-8:30 PM | The Racquet Club of Philadelphia

Discover fascinating images and hear inside stories of the World Monuments Fund's (WMF) accomplishments in saving our cultural heritage.  

The World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to the preservation of the world’s most treasured places. It has conserved over 700 cultural heritage sites internationally since its founding in 1965.

Our speaker, Dr. Jonathan S. Bell who oversees the organization’s entire portfolio of cultural heritage preservation projects around the globe will provide a brief overview of the organization and how it works.

Previously, Bell has worked as the director of the National Geographic Society’s Human Journey Initiative, as well as a management specialist for the County of Los Angeles, a lecturer at the University of California, a project specialist at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and a program director at the Kham Aid Foundation. Bell also serves on multiple ICOMOS scientific committees, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Conservation, and lectures at schools and universities.

Since 1965, WMF has partnered with local stakeholders to safeguard more than six hundred sites worldwide, including Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia; the Forbidden City’s Qianlong Garden in Beijing; and multiple sites across Alabama that are significant to the civil rights movement.

Dr. Bell will share extraordinary photographs of sites, including traditional communities in Benin, a widespread community of earthen builders in West Africa, the Mosul Cultural Museum in Iraq, and historic water management systems in India. He will illustrate places that are at the center of local identity, economic viability, and community resilience.

Enjoy a buffet dinner and networking session as part of this exclusive program. 

The Racquet Club’s dress code is Smart Casual Attire. This means slacks and a dress shirt for men and comparable attire for women. At no time are athletic shoes or baseball hats allowed in the Clubhouse.

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