Echoes of the
Ottoman Empire

featuring documentary maker Tim Slade in person

A documentary (as well as a feature film) about Gertrude Bell—the British explorer, archeologist & diplomat—who helped draw the borders of Iraq after World War I & established the Iraq Museum; another about cultural destruction in Syria and Iraq at the hands of ISIS (as well as other historical examples of cultural genocide in places like Armenia and the Balkans); and a fourth about the ongoing civil war in Syria, particularly in Raqqa. Documentary maker Tim Slade will be here in person to discuss his film based on Robert Bevan’s book The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War. In addition to addressing what cultural destruction has wrought, the film explores whether victims of it have any legal recourse and the kinds of work being done to protect, salvage and rebuild.

Cosponsored with the Dept of Near Eastern Studies.