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Posted On: 13 November 2011 05:42 am
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Talk on cultural heritage tomorrow

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Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar together with the Qatar Museums Authority and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage presents a lecture by Dr Sohair Wastawy entitled ‘Preserving Cultural Heritage,’ tomorrow. The lecture will be held at Al Tashar Hall at Katara Cultural Village at 7.30pm and is hosted by the Al Gannas Association and is open to the public. The cultural heritage of a nation represents its collective identity – national, regional and local. Our heritage is also the bedrock upon which our countries rely to maintain stability, identity, and, increasingly, sustainable economic livelihood. For a nation to instil pride, inspire civic responsibility, and strengthen social cohesion it must celebrate and preserve its cultural heritage. In the face of globalisation, transition economies, natural disasters, wars, and conflicts many of our cultural artifacts and traditions are threatened by loss or destruction. This lecture will examine the reasons and value of preservation and the role of technology as an enabler in the process. Dr Sohair Wastawy will share some of the methods of achieving global integration while simultaneously preserving cultural heritage. Projects presented will cross a diverse range of topics such as virtual museums, virtual history projects, reconstructing ancient civilizations and personalising content delivery for assisted navigation of information rich physical environments. The majority of projects presented deal with Arab and Islamic heritage and the efforts of many institutions to pay homage to this rich and fascinating history.