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Write about Asia — Sites of Meaning: Caring for Asia’s Cultural Heritage

Asian cultural heritage



“Sites of Meaning: Caring for Asia’s Cultural Heritage” investigated current conservation work at important architectural, art, and historical sites in Asia, and how these projects include new technologies, sustainability, and community development. Preserving exceptional architectural, historic and art sites of the past is ever more complex, with pressures from rapid urban development, environmental considerations, and more. Using new approaches, many projects are planned with extensive community involvement and sustainability in mind. Conservation techniques are making significant advances—while digitizing entire sites can help protect them from over-crowding (description taken from the Gardner Center website).


Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., from January 30 to March 19 and April 9
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park

Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop with Mary from 11:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in the art galleries in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvened to share working drafts. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.


Mary Barber Roberts


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours were available for each workshop. Educators earned up to 36 clock hours by attending all of the workshop sessions. The workshop was open to all current K-12 teachers but each session was limited to 15 participants.


This workshop series was facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts, an NCTA seminar leader, and was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. *Additional support for the starred lectures came from the Center for Global Studies.

Lecture topics

*JAN 30 2016
Science & Preserving Cultural Heritage with Stefan Simon, Director, Institute for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Yale University

FEB 6 2016
Experimental Preservation in the Anthropocene with Jorge Otero-Pailos, artist, architect and Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

FEB 13 2016
Conservation of Buddhist Paintings with David Park, Director, Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation, The Courtauld Institute, London

*FEB 20 2016
“Saving Mes Aynak” Afghan Buddhist Site with Brent Huffman, filmmaker and Professor of Journalism, Northwestern University

*FEB 27 2016
Cultural Heritage in Post-Earthquake Nepal with Dina Bangdel, Professor of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University

MAR 5 2016
Buddhist Cave Temples at Dunhuang with Mimi Gardner Gates, Director emerita, Seattle Art Museum

MAR 12 2016
Multiple Lives of a Sacred Site in Bodh Gaya with David Geary, Professor of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

MAR 19 2016
Restoring Historic Gardens from Cairo to Delhi with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva

*APR 9 2016
Dimensions of Conservation at Dunhuang with Neville Agnew, Principal Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute