Selected Invited Presentations and Papers

Oct 23, 2017 “The Art and Archaeology of Nimrud: An Ancient Capital City” The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, DC

Sep 29, 2017  “Update on the Current Situation of Academics and Cultural Heritage in Iraq” Duke University Middle East Studies Center” 

2017    “Current Conflicts – Updates and Needs” Annual Meeting of the Military Cultural Heritage Action Group, Washington, DC

2017    “Iraqi Cultural Heritage Sites” the 10th Annual Interns and Fellows SI-Conservation Conference, Washington, DC

2017    “Documenting and protecting cultural heritage at risk in Iraq with GIS” with Jessie Johnson and Cori Wegener. The 5th quadrennial Geographic Information Systems at the Smithsonian (GIS@SI) conference, Washington, D

2017    “Cultural Heritage Protection and the Destruction of Sites in Syria and Iraq” and served as invited chair of the “Human Rights: Humanitarian Disaster Response and Protecting Cultural Heritage Panel” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Boston, MA

2017    Current Events and Heritage Protection: Efforts to Protect Culture at Risk Cultural Heritage and Crisis. Archaeological Institute of America, Toronto, CA

2016    “Ethics in remote sensing reports of cultural heritage destruction in Syria” AAAS Workshop on the Ethics of Location-Based Technologies in Crisis, Washington, DC

Jun 28, 2016  Looted Art and Antiquities in the Middle East, Panel. The Art Newspaper and Herrick’s Art Law Group, New York  

May 12, 2015 Testimony in U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing “Ancient Communities Under Attack: ISIS’s War on Religious Minorities”

Feb 24, 2015 “Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crisis: Syria and Iraq" The American University of Rom


Dr. Katharyn Hanson, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Museum's Cultural Heritage Center, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on May 13, 2015. She spoke on the destruction of religious and cultural heritage sites in Syria and Iraq.