Past World Heritage Webinar

700 Interns and 100 Countries: the World Heritage USA International Exchange Program

A Recording of this webinar can be found here

This webinar took place Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:30 to 1:30 pm EDT

This webinar presents the impacts of the World Heritage USA International Exchange Program (IEP). Three alumni, each from a different decade of the IEP, talk about their experiences and how the program made a difference in their professional and personal lives. The webinar was moderated by Brian Lione, the outgoing chair of the IEP Committee, who shared some of his own experiences and led a conversation about the lasting impacts of the IEP.



Brian Michael Lione, Outgoing World Heritage USA trustee and Chair, International Exchange Program and International Cultural Heritage Protection Program Manager, Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)

At the MCI, Brian leads the implementation of several Smithsonian projects in Iraq, including as a coordinator and instructor for courses at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil, and on site in Mosul and Nimrud. His current focus at MCI is the sustainability of the IICAH. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian and MCI, he helped establish the IICAH and worked as Director and Executive Director of that organization from 2009-2017. Brian spent the first decade of his professional career managing heritage sites and policy for the Department of Defense, culminating in his position as the DoD’s first Deputy Federal Preservation Officer from 2005-2008. As a trustee of World Heritage USA, Brian served as Co-Chair of the IEP in 2014-15 and as Chair from 2016-21. Brian was a U.S. intern to Jordan in 1999 where he worked for Hashemite University conducting condition assessments on the rock cut facades at Petra.

Cari L. Goetcheus, Professor, Cultural Landscape Lab Director, Founders Memorial Garden Director, University of Georgia

Cari Goetcheus, Professor in the College of Environment + Design, teaches in the graduate Historic Preservation Program. With training in both Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, Cari’s expertise lies in cultural landscape research, documentation and management. Prior to her academic career, Cari worked in both the public and private sectors. In the private sector, Cari had the opportunity to influence the development of the South Carolina National Heritage Area, while as a Historical Landscape Architect with the National Park Service in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C., she worked with the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) program. In Washington, D.C. she further worked with NPS regional colleagues to assist the then 396 national parks with a variety of cultural landscape issues and was instrumental in the development of the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) program. Having taught at both Clemson University and the University of Georgia, emphasizing cultural landscape work, Goetcheus has had the honor of passing on her knowledge to the next generation of students broadly interested in or specializing in cultural landscape conservation. Cari interned in Warsaw, Poland, in 1994, where she worked for the Polish Government’s National Cultural Institute in the Center for the Preservation of Historic Landscapes (Osrodek Ochrony Zabytkowego Krajobrazu).

Dr. Trinidad Rico, Associate Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS); Associate Member of Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology.

Trinidad RicoTrinidad Rico is Associate Professor and Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at Rutgers University, with associate appointments in Anthropology, History, Geography, Landscape Architecture and the School of Planning and Public Policy. She is also Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, and Vice President of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. Her research focuses on ethnographic studies of heritage at risk and expertise, with a focus on post-1950s practices and institutions in Indonesia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Argentina. She is author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City and Global Heritage, Religion, and Secularism; editor of The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents, and co-editor of Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage and Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices. Trinidad was an IEP to the United States from Argentina in 2005.

Ilaria Rosetti, PhD Candidate in Heritage Studies, University of Antwerp

Ilaria Rosetti is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Antwerp, in the Antwerp Cultural Heritage Sciences (ARCHES) research group, and visiting researcher at TUDelft, in the Heritage and Values chair (HEVA). Her research focuses on the role(s) that participation in heritage practices can play in achieving sustainable urban development. Her experience includes projects for public and private institutions, both in the academic and professional sphere, within fields of cultural policy, sustainable tourism, community engagement, and strategies for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As an academic and heritage practitioner, she supports the planning, monitoring and evaluation of participatory heritage practices, with a focus on capacity building and resources generation, for achieving the UN 2030 Agenda. She’s an active member of the ICOMOS SDGs Working Group and ICOMOS Nederland. Ilaria was an IEP from Italy to the United States in 2019, where she interned with the World Heritage Office of the City of San Antonio, Texas. Ilaria’s work project was “San Antonio Sustainable City 2030.”

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