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What Price Culture? Destruction and Cultural Preservation in Afghanistan since 2001

Since 2001, the Taliban has illegally excavated sites like the Buddhas of Bamiyan and plundered antiquities to sell on the black market. Urban development and general neglect has also led to the decline of the nation’s heritage sites. In the last 15 years the U.S. has contributed more than $25 million towards preservation of the region’s culture, documenting cultural sites and artifacts and recording traditional poetry, music and other arts, like calligraphy and woodworking. Dr. Laura Tedesco comes to Spokane Wednesday to discuss the destruction and preservation of culture in Afghanistan. Tedesco oversaw and guided these preservation efforts while posted in Kabul for 16 months. She currently serves as the Cultural Heritage Program Manager for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. The lecture is the last of a series of six Archaeological Institute of America talks for the 2017-18 season.

Wed, May 2 from 6:30-8 pm • Free • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • • 456-3931

— Eric Schucht

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