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Alesia Koush


Alesia Koush, an expert in heritage protection and cultural values education, is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. Additionally, Alesia is active as a researcher with Research, Assessment and Safeguarding of the Heritage of Iraq in Danger (RASHID) International. Alesia is based in Florence, Italy, where she collaborates with the Centre for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, who grant partial sponsorship toward her Ph.D. research. In Italy, Alesia teaches at master’s programs at Palazzo Spinelli Institute of Art and Restoration and is a tutor of the international campus “Preserving Cultural Heritage” of Rondine Cittadella della Pace in Arezzo. She also collaborates with a number of heritage-related organizations, such as UNESCO Office of the Municipality of Florence, Association MUSE, and Commission for the Protection of Italian and Foreign Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Arts and Drawings. Previously, Alesia acquired three master’s degrees in European Union politics and administration (College of Europe, Belgium), art history (University of Florence, Italy), and human rights, migrations, and development (University of Bologna, Italy). An educationist by background, Alesia develops and conducts interactive value education workshops and laboratories for children and training for education specialists. Alesia works for the promotion of principles of the 1935 Roerich Pact, and is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the International Council of Museums, UNESCO Emergency Safeguarding of Syrian Cultural Heritage Roster of Experts, and the UNESCO Historic Centre of Florence. Alesia is active internationally conducting lectures, training, and speeches, publishing articles, and organizing conferences and events on the themes of her academic and professional expertise. 



Day 2

Meet Your Moderators Nikkia Morgan Bertha Ellis Terrell Wilson

Day 1

Meet Your Moderators Alia Davis Ronald Gaskins Terrell Wilson

11 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Welcome Ron Cortez

11 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Welcome Mark Wallace

11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Introduction by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Museum: A Short History of Crisis and Resilience Samuel J. Redman

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Fire at Notre Dame: A Chronicle of the Restoration Process Francesco Bandarin

12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE): The Smithsonian’s First Central Collections Emergency Response Team Melissa Miller Sam Snell

12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Crime Deterrence and Forensic Traceable Liquids: Impacting Illicit Antiquities Trade Alesia Koush

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Vulnerability Assessment Results and Risk Management Resources Daniel (Dan) Genua Michael Stewart

1:25 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Locked Up With Art. How to Keep Your Visitors, Staff, and Collection Safe During a Lockdown Kim Covent Wesley De Smet

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lightning Round: Innovative Physical Security and Staffing Techniques Kim Beck Yasmine Vatere Ana Muñoz Sonya Barron Kim Hoffman Dan Bailey Rose Soldano

2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Working With a Barrier Model in Our Fight Against Art Crime Ibrahim Bulut Wesley De Smet

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Conservation and Exhibit of Stolen Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” Olivia Miller Ulrich Birkmaier

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Art of the Guardians: Curator Discussion and Employee Panel Maureen Catbagan Lambert Fernando Ervin Hargett Sgt. Rosalind Hubbard Louisa Lam Emilie Lemakis Sgt. Will Palenscar Jevijoe Vitug

3:45 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Case Study: The MoMA Incident and Staff Wellness and Safety Michelle Reugebrink Amanda Jones Tunji Adeniji Danny Platt

4:25 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Year in Review Robert (Bob) Combs

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Mark Wallace

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Mark Wallace

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

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