The following events were all sponsored or co-sponsored by TAARII. If you are interested in additional information about any of these events, please email
TAARII and Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC)-sponsored Conference: "Modern Techniques and Archaeological Sites in Iraq"
Date: Saturday 8 December 2012, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Iraqi Cultural Center — 1630 Connecticut Avenue — Washington, D.C. 20009
Description: At this conference, eight papers will be given in two different sessions as well as opening remarks from Mohammad Alturaihi of the ICC and McGuire Gibson of TAARII. The papers will focus on different types of modern techniques and how they have been applied to various sites all over Iraq. Presenters include Mark Altaweel (University College London), Jason Ur (Harvard University), Carrie Hritz (Pennsylvania State University), Zaid Ibraheem (Pennsylvania State University), Abdulamir Hamdani (Stony Brook University), Elizabeth Stone (Stony Brook University), Alexandra Witsell (University of Chicago), and Katharyn Hanson (University of Chicago). For a schedule of the conference, see below. This event will take place at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and is co-sponsored by TAARII and the Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC).
Additional Information: A Conference Schedule is available, as well as the Flyer for the event. Also, please see an article on the conference in the Fall 2012 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 07-02.
TAARII and Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC)-sponsored Lecture: "Gilgamesh in Ancient and Modern Context"
Date: Sunday 9 December 2012, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Freer Gallery Conference Room, Freer Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C.
Description: Christopher Woods (University of Chicago) will give a lecture at 10.30 a.m. called "Understanding Gilgamesh." Following this talk, there will be a screening of the film "The Epic of Gilgamesh" at 11.15 a.m. Following the film, there will be a discussion. This event will take place at the Freer Sackler Galleries and is co-sponsored by TAARII and the Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC).
Additional Information: The address of the Freer Sackler Galleries is 1050 Independence Ave, SW; Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Please see our flyer for more information: Lecture: "Gilgamesh in Ancient and Modern Context". For a copy of the program, see this flyer: "Gilgamesh Program". Also, please see an article on the conference in the Fall 2012 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 07-02.
TAARII Breakfast at ASOR
Date: Thursday 15 November 2012, 7:00–8:15 a.m.
Location: ASOR Annual Meeting in Chicago
Description: General breakfast for individuals interested in TAARII, Iraq, and/or Iraqi/Mesopotamian Studies at the American Schools for Oriental Research Annual Meeting.
TAARII Reception at MESA
Date: Monday 19 November 2012, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Governors Square 9 (Plaza-C)
Description: General reception for individuals interested in TAARII, Iraq, and/or Iraqi/Mesopotamian Studies at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting.
Additional Information: For more information and a photo of the event, please see the Executive Director's Report in the Fall 2012 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 07-02.
TAARII-sponsored Lecture: "The Moral Issue of the Effect of Economic Sanctions: The Case of Iraq"
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Location: International House, University of Chicago
Description: Joy Gordon and Hans von Sponeck will be giving this lecture in the Assembly Hall at the International House at the University of Chicago. It is co-sponsored by TAARII and the International House Global Voices Program. Joy Gordon is in the Department of Philosophy at Fairfield University and is the author of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions. Hans von Sponeck is the former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and the author of A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq. This event is free and open to the public.
Additional Information: The address of the International House is 1414 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL. You can find them online at http://ihouse.uchicago.edu. Please see our flyer for more information: Lecture: "The Moral Issue of the Effect of Economic Sanctions". Also, please see an article on the conference in the Fall 2012 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 07-02.
TAARII-sponsored Lecture Tour: “Modern Art in Iraq: From the Pioneers of the 1930s to the Looting of 2003” by Salam Atta Sabri, founder and director of the Iraqi Pioneers Committee and director of the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad
Date: 27 February, 29 February & 6 March 2012
Location: Portland State University, University of North Texas & Williams College
Description: Salam Atta Sabri is an artist and the Director of the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad. Following the looting of 2003, he published a partial list of the artwork missing from the museum. In addition, he founded a non-governmental organization that works to preserve the history and artwork of the pioneers of modern Iraqi fine art (one of whom was his father). This lecture series was presented with co-sponsorship from TAARII and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York; Portland Community College’s Internationalization Initiative; the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research at the Pacific Northwest College of Art; Portland State University Department of Art; the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design’s Department of Art Education and Art History; The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI); and International Studies, the Department of History, and Department of Art History at Williams College.
Additional Information: For more information on Sabri’s lecture tour, please see the Spring 2012 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 07-01.