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February 6, 2012 - Beyond the Iraq Museum: Protecting our Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

Corine WegenerCorine Wegener is an Associate Curator in the department of Decorative Arts, Textiles and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where she works with the American and European decorative arts collections. A retired U.S. Army Reserve major with 21 years of service, Wegener completed several military deployments as a Civil Affairs Officer, including assisting the Iraq National Museum after the looting of 2003. As a result of that experience, she founded the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, a nonprofit dedicated to U.S. implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. In 2010, Wegener helped create the Smithsonian Haiti Cultural Recovery Project and continues to serve as the International Project Coordinator. She serves on the International Council of Museums Disaster Relief Task Force and on the boards of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, the U.S. Committee of the International Council of Museums, and the U.S. Military Civil Affairs Association. Wegener received her bachelorís degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and holds M.A. degrees in political science and art history from the University of Kansas.

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