Keynote Speaker for the 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture

Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Boston University Art Gallery

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology

The Boston University Art Gallery is pleased to host the keynote address for the 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art and Architecture, presented by Dr. Richard Leventhal, founder and Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Curator in the American Section in the Penn Museum, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Leventhal’s firsthand experience with preserving works of art and architecture in active conflict zones will offer unique perspective on the symposium theme, “Creative Conflict.” In particular, he cofounded the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria initiative, and partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to assess the condition of its monuments using mapping technologies. His current research examines buildings damaged by violence in Mexico.

The symposium will continue on Saturday, February 28, 2015, with graduate presentations in the Riley Seminar Room at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.