ASOR Launches Syrian Heritage Initiative with State Department
On August 4, 2014, the US Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) signed a $600,000 cooperative agreement to document comprehensively the current condition of cultural heritage sites in Syria and assess future restoration, preservation, and protection needs. ASOR’s documentation and planning will raise global awareness of the threats to Syria’s cultural heritage and identify immediate or future projects and assistance that can be carried out and provided inside Syria.
"ASOR’s collaboration with the State Department in Syria illustrates just how indispensable humanities research is to civil society, and especially so in times of crisis," said ACLS President Pauline Yu. "This effort to safeguard the heritage of our world’s cultures is one glimmer of hope in this shattering conflict. I commend the ASOR’s leadership for exemplifying scholarship’s commitment to public values."
For more information on the Syrian Heritage Initiative, see ASOR's press release.
ASOR was admitted to ACLS in 1998. During World War II, ACLS and its member societies helped mobilize scholarly expertise to preserve European and East Asian cultural heritage, efforts that culminated in the work of the Monuments Men.