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* 2019 schedule coming soon. This year’s topics include:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the National Museum of Natural History

Time Talk / Speaker
8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.


Albert G. Horvath, Under Secretary for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Smithsonian
Jeanne O'Toole, Director, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian

9:30 a.m.

Year in Review

Robert (Bob) Combs, Director of Security and Visitor Services, The J. Paul Getty Trust

10:00 a.m.

Keynote Lecture: The Psychology of Democracy: The Real Danger of Terrorism

Fathali (Ali) Moghaddam, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science, Georgetown University

11:00 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

PANEL: Social Media: Opportunities and Threats

Sarah Taylor Sulick, Public Affairs Specialist, Smithsonian

Erin Eizenstat, Chief of Staff, MSA Security

Lee (Tip) Wight, Executive Director, Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center

Moderator: Robert (Bob) Combs, The J. Paul Getty Trust

12:30 p.m.


On your own within the Museum. Vouchers provided.
2:00 p.m.

PANEL: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Integration in the Global Security Environment

William Hewitt, Deputy Chief, Technical Capabilities Team, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Angela H. Stubblefield, Dep. Assoc. Adm., Office of Security and Hazardous Safety, Federal Aviation Administration

Robert Griffin, Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology, DHS

Moderator: Charles (Charlie) Guddemi Commander, Technical Services Branch, United States Park Police

3:00 p.m.

Cyber Security for Building Systems

Joe Donovan, Chairperson Touchstone Group and Director, Operational Risk, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC

3:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

On the Ground in Iraq: Smithsonian Activities at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage

Jessica Johnson, Head of Conservation, Smithsonian

4:30 p.m.

The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

Corine Wegener, Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Smithsonian

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Newseum

Time Talk / Speaker
8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.


Jeanne O'Toole, Director, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian


James Thompson, Senior Vice President of Operations, Newseum

9:30 a.m.

Tomb Raiders and Terrorist Financing: Cutting off the Islamic State's Illicit Traffic in "Blood Antiquities"

Tess Davis, Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition and School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

With the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the world rightfully asked how a militant faction too extreme for Al-Qaeda transformed itself into “the world’s richest terror group ever.” ISIS boasts an annual budget worth $2 billion and a war chest of $250 million, which if true surpasses the Taliban’s (and that of many states). Still more troubling, it is now financially self-sufficient, and no longer dependent on foreign donors. How? Like organized criminal enterprises before it: extortion, ransom, robbery, and smuggling. It perhaps comes as no shock that it has been trafficking arms, drugs, and even oil. However, the public reacted with surprise to reports in June 2014 that ISIS jihadists had earned “millions” by looting the region’s archaeological sites, and then selling its ancient treasures to the highest bidder. It shouldn’t have. Archaeologists, criminologists, law enforcement agents, and military officials have long warned that the illicit antiquities trade is funding crime and conflict around the world. However, under ISIS’ black flag, this looting and trafficking has become not just a side enterprise, but a massive illegal industry. In the last year alone, we have lost some of the Cradle of Civilization's most iconic masterpieces and sites, many of which had survived for millennia. This wanton destruction is erasing our shared history chapter by chapter. And it threatens us all: at this moment, ISIS is converting these "blood antiquities" into weapons and troops, which are seizing cities, slaughtering soldiers, and beheading civilians. This lecture will examine this growing threat to our national security and the world's cultural heritage. In doing so, it will trace the past of looted masterpieces from conflict zones to the very height of the global market, and explore how United States and international law is seeking to cut off this key means of criminal financing. Finally, it will discuss recent progress in this fight, as an unprecedented coalition of countries have joined forces to demand action from both governments and the art market.

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Predictive Profiling of the Art's Adversary

Dick Drent, Director/Owner, Omnirisk

How do we manage to leave reactive security behind and find the new way to proactive security. Or: How to prevent incidents from happening by recognizing deviant behaviour as indicators? What is Intelligence-led security? And why don’t we use it?

11:00 a.m.

PANEL: Visitor/Public Screening

Gwainevere (Gwen) Hess, Commercial Facilities Section, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Richard Lareau, TSL Technical Director (Acting) and Chief Scientist, U.S. Dep. of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Transportation Security Laboratory

Mark Grantz, United States Secret Service

Moderator: Doug Hall, Deputy Director, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian

12:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

PANEL: Museum Customer Service, Creating a Wow Experience

Jes Stewart, Director of Operations & Human Resources, Nevada Museum of Art

Russell C. Collett, Associate Vice President, Department of Protection Services, The Art Institute of Chicago

Sgt. Jeff Strong, Directing Supervisor of Museum Security, BYU Museum of Art

Jason Heberlein, The Broad

Moderator: Jeanne O'Toole, Director, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian

1:30 p.m.

Cleaning the Smithsonian: Technical Countermeasures that Make Operational Sense

Frank Sulzer, Security consultant, SEI

Do you have a Security Management System (SMS) that allows you to provide access control, monitor intrusion, manage clearances and integrate with your surveillance system? Do your electronic countermeasures have lists of features and benefits that when implemented provide true force multipliers? All sound and valid questions from an executive management position, however, the qualifying component is and will always be personnel. The questions we should be asking are first and foremost, does our SMS integrate with our culture and do our operational personnel have the capacity to manage and interface with our SMS in a productive way that capitalizes on the benefits of our SMS? Join the discussion and turn your technical countermeasures into a robust operational tool.

2:15 p.m.

Multi-Sensor Cameras

Kim Workman, Senior Security Specialist and Project Manager, Smithsonian

There are many camera options available on the market, with each one bringing a different set of capabilities with them. This session will explore the multi-sensor camera, the pros and cons of its use, and its potential role in cultural properties facilities.

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Panel: Cultural Property Protection Resources

Sheila Palmer, Assistant Vice President, Risk Engineering Services, Chubb

Stevan Layne, Director, International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection

Dick Drent, Director, International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection

Moderator: Gary Miville, Vice-Chairman, Cultural Properties Council, ASIS International

4:15 p.m.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead at the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection

Amy L. Marino, Senior Program Officer, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, Smithsonian

Results of the June 2015 survey

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Private Reception at the Library of Congress

Welcome by David S. Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors. The Smithsonian and the Library of Congress are pleased to co-host this special reception.

Friday, June 3, 2016:  Optional Workshop/s at the National Museum of the American Indian

Time Talk / Speaker
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Workshop 1: Incident Command System (ICS) – Its Relevance for the Museum Professional

Eric Gentry, Associate Director, Office of Emergency Management, Smithsonian

How does your agency manage emergencies? Although ICS is widely used by fire, EMS, and law enforcement personnel it is not as common for museum professionals to use the core principals of ICS when responding to emergencies. This Workshop will provide an overview of the issues that drive the usages of ICS and the misunderstandings of those who currently do not use it.
Why did agencies decide they needed ICS? Does ICS really apply to non-responders? Isn’t it complicated to learn if you don’t use it daily? What ICS training do I need?

11:00 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

Workshop 2: Developing & Implementing Your Own Collections Emergency Plan

Stevan Layne, Director, International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and
Robert (Bob) Sonderman, National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Curator/Director, NCR Museum Resource Center, National Park Service

To help participants to develop a workable plan to protect their collections in crisis situations.

Session leaders will discuss the necessary steps to prepare for dealing with crisis events and describe some of the tools, supplies, and procedures necessary for emergency response. The workshop will cover special preparations for the most vulnerable collections, personnel decisions, interagency and multi-institutional coordination, an active slide show of collections threatened, and of course, audience interactive discussion.

3:00 p.m.

Special Access: Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Special limited access tour available by lottery. Please indicate your interest within registration.

* 2019 Schedule coming soon. This year’s topics include:

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