Where: UMass Amherst Campus, United States
As a result, our shared heritage of historic buildings and archaeological sites, regional food ways, traditions, and folklore are all too often seen by political leaders and budget cutters as valuable perhaps, but not among the most pressing public priorities. And in times of economic contraction—like the present recession—budgets for historic preservation, public heritage activities and historical commemoration are among the first to be cut.
The goal of this conference is to bring together a wide range of academics, public officials, heritage professionals, and community leaders to examine the practical value of the past—by means of a serious humanities and social science re-examination through four distinct thematic lenses. The aim of each is to assess the contemporary social impacts of the study and communication of heritage.
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