Manuscript Collections in Egypt: Past Initiatives and Post-Revolution Challenges

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George and Marie Quinlan Endowed Lecture for Preservation and Conservation
Manuscript Collections in Egypt: Past Initiatives and Post-Revolution Challenges
Monday, June 20, 2011 at 3pm

Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium
Annie May Swift Hall
Northwestern University

Reception to follow in Deering Library, 3rd floor lobby.
Cheryl Porter will discuss her recent work in Eqypt, including her management of a Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation (TIF) project to survey Islamic manuscripts at the National Library and Archives of Egypt and other cultural institutions in Cairo. Porter will discuss the goals of the TIF project, the development of the survey instrument, and provide a status update on the project. She will also discuss recent efforts to address conservation training and education in Eqypt, particularly in light of recent political events.
The lecture will be held in the Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium of the recently renovated Annie May Swift Hall, located next to the University Library. 
Cheryl Porter has been Director of the Montefiascone Project, an international program of conservation training and education located in Montefiascone, Italy, since its inception in 1988. After graduating from Camberwell College (University of the Arts, London), Porter worked at the University College London Paintings Analysis Unit, analyzing the use of pigments in paintings and manuscripts. From 1992-2006, she worked as a freelance conservator, mostly for universities and other cultural institutions. Porter was Manager of Conservation and Preservation at the Dar al-Kutub (National Library and Archives of Egypt) and the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation from 2007-2010. She has published many articles concerning color in manuscripts and has lectured in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.
Registration is required. Please contact Ann Duncan-Gibbs at or 847-491-7599 to register.