Amir Harrak has recently become the newest member of the Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy. Amir was invited to join the Academys international membership to present a key lecture on November 7, 2016. His paper, “The Syriac Cross-Cultural Heritage in Literature, Art, and Architecture,” centered on the breathtaking art of two major cultural periods in Iraq and Syria, the Atabeg period (13th century) and the Jalili period (18th century), in both of which iconography and architectural designs were shared by all religious and ethnic communities without distinction.
Anne Porter & Monica Hanna presented a highly anticipated discussion, “Preserving the Past to Build a Better Tomorrow,” as a part of ROM Connects. This presentation brought light onto the current state of archaeology and heritage preservation, and addressed what local Canadian communities can do to participate in global solutions.