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Heritage Speaks 2024 


(c) Pierre Buttin

(c) Pierre Buttin

Villa Albertine Headquarters
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, US 10075


In partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF) and with the support of Albertine Foundation, Villa Albertine presents Heritage Speaks, a public discussion series exploring the diverse threats facing cultural heritage across the globe. 

From climate change to the damage inflicted by armed conflicts and terrorism as well as the repercussions of mass tourism, heritage sites are facing unprecedented crises.

Going beyond simply acknowledging these dangers, the Heritage Speaks series aims to unpack the challenges facing historic sites and the best preservation solutions emerging among experts and local communities. Scheduled throughout the year, the talks are open to the public and provide attendees with an expansive forum to learn how we approach global heritage in a changing world. 

Starting in March, the inaugural event will take an in-depth look at the rapid climate-induced erosion destroying the Nunalleq archaeological site in Alaska, crucially important for the Indigenous Yup’ik community. In April, as part of the WMF’s annual Paul Mellon Lecture, a panel of specialists, art historians, firefighters, and craftspeople, will come together to discuss the five-year reconstruction of Notre-Dame of Paris and the advancement of fire protection for similar cultural heritage sites. In May, the series will direct its focus towards Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park and the cutting-edge efforts undertaken to preserve and restore this iconic UNESCO World Heritage site.  

The series will return in the fall with a lineup of discussions centered on heritage issues in conflict areas.  

Each conversation will take place in person in English at Villa Albertine’s Fifth Avenue headquarters and will be live streamed on Villa Albertine’s YouTube Channel.

Heritage Speaks events will be added as details are made available.

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World Monuments Fund (WMF)

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is the leading independent organization devoted to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places to enrich people’s lives and build mutual understanding across cultures and communities. The organization is headquartered in New York City with offices and affiliates in Cambodia, France, India, Peru, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Since 1965, our global team of experts has preserved the world’s diverse cultural heritage using the highest international standards at more than 700 sites in 112 countries. Partnering with local communities, funders, and governments, WMF draws on heritage to address some of today’s most pressing challenges: climate adaptation, inclusive heritage, balanced tourism, and post-crisis recovery. With a commitment to the people who bring places to life, WMF embraces the potential of the past to create a more resilient and inclusive society.

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Albertine Foundation

Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In close partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and its arts institution Villa Albertine, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries thanks to corporate, foundation, and individual support.

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