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Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq (SHOSI)

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Professional Training
Cultural Resilience

In Syria and Iraq, political instability and conflict threaten the integrity and safety of cultural heritage. Smithsonian works with international partners to support Syrian and Iraqi museum and cultural professionals and protect and preserve at risk cultural heritage. 

The Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project (SHOSI) is a consortium of Smithsonian and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Shawnee State UniversityThe Day After Association, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  Through research, trainings for local museum professionals, public outreach, and the use of modern technologies to monitor destruction, SHOSI is responding to the threats against cultural heritage in the Middle East. 


Corine Wegener  

Corine Wegener is Director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), an outreach program dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in crisis situations in the U.S. and abroad. 

Brian I. Daniels  

Brian I. Daniels is the director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution Archives.