United States Army archaeologist Laurie Rush, Ph.D., will visit Hiram College March 1 to present “Preserving World Heritage in Times of Conflict.” Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 4 p.m. at the Hiram College Library Pritchard Room.
Based at Fort Drum in New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, Rush fosters respect among soldiers, both at home and abroad, for archaeological sites, historic buildings and sacred places. A cultural resources protection expert, Rush has helped uncover hundreds of Native American sites on military lands and has been instrumental in leading efforts to save cultural resources in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones.
Rush’s visit will continue to bring attention to an urgent crisis that Hiram students have already been contemplating in their renewed classics program and related seminars, according to archaeologist Matthew Notarian, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of classics.
“It’s wonderful to have such a renowned and experienced archaeologist come to Hiram to speak to students who are presently studying the perilous circumstances of cultural artifacts and archaeological sites caught in the ravages of war,” says Christopher Ryan, MFA, associate professor of art at Hiram.
Rush was the military liaison for the return of the ancient site of Ur to Iraqi stewardship in 2009 and represented the U.S. Department of Defense for heritage issues in Kabul, Afghanistan and across the Middle East. After earning her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Rush received both her master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University. She is a fellow of the National Science Foundation and the American Academy in Rome.