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Conference presentations span diverse topics as we've grown from a primarily security-focused conference to one that addresses a myriad of issues facing collections, and cultural, scientific, and historical preservation. Consistently, presentations are thought-provoking, relevant, and stimulating. Some such topics:

2015 Conference

Approximately 150 participants convened in Washington, DC including participants from South Korea, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Global participants also tuned in online from as far as Belgium and Egypt. While there was no formal theme for the Conference, compelling presentations from Kristina Anderson and chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, Cathy Lanier, provided first-person accounts of the terror of an active shooter scenario and the resilience required to both prepare for, respond to, and recover from such an event.

2014 Conference

Due to a federal government shutdown and other factors, there was no multi-day Conference held in 2014. Instead, in April, a presentation/webinar featured Kinshasha Holman Conwill| and the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), under construction and scheduled to open in 2016. The new museum, the Smithsonian’s 19th, will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. Although, the mission and vision of the museum is one of education and history, the theme brings with it some unique security challenges.
Year Sample of Presentations
2013 Cultural Heritage Vulnerabilities | Business Continuity Planning
2012 Detection of Deviant Behavior | Google Art Project and Google Goggles
2009 And the Curator Did It (Insider Theft) | Threat Assessment and the Active Shooter
2008 Parties and Picassos (The Risks in Special Events) | FBI Art Crime Update
2007 Understanding and Preparing for Avian and Pandemic Influenza | Before Disaster Strikes: Ten Steps to Protecting Cultural Collections
2004 Cultural Property Protection: It's a People Business | Stealing History: The Prosecution of Barry Landau and Jason Savedoff
2003 Tourism and Terrorism | Fire Detection
1998 Murder in the Museum: Lessons Learned | Customer Service Means Better Security
1997 Profiling Letter Bombs | The Use of Students and Museum Guards
1995 Architectural Landscaping with Security in Mind: Construction with Cultural Protection

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