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US Embassy Hosts Smithsonian Delegation


The US Embassy in Azerbaijan will host a delegation from the world renowned Smithsonian Institution November 16-20, 2015.  The Embassy is pleased to bring this program to Azerbaijan to highlight cultural cooperation between the United States and Azerbaijan.

On Monday November 16, Ambassador Cekuta hosted a dinner in honor of Dr. Paul Taylor Director of the Asian Cultural History Program and Curator of Asian, European and Middle Eastern Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution and cultural leaders in Azerbaijan.  The guests were treated to a jazz music concert from the Gabrielle Stravelli Band, visiting Azerbaijan from New York City as part of the American Music Abroad program of the Department of State.

In addition to highlighting the rich history of Azerbaijan, three museum specialists from America’s national museum -- the Smithsonian Institution – will conduct workshops with over 100 Azerbaijani academics and museum experts in Baku and Guba to discuss "21st Century Curatorship in Museums, Historical Sites, and Cultural Centers”.  The workshops will be organized by the United States Embassy in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and National Academy of Sciences.  

The Smithsonian experts will also visit the Heydar Aliyev Center, the National Carpet Museum, the Modern Art Museum, the National Art Museum, YARAT, the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography, the Manuscript Institute, and the Gumbezli hamam in Guba. 

The following Smithsonian representatives participated in the program:

Dr. Paul Michael Taylor, Director of the Asian Cultural History Program and Curator of Asian, European and Middle Eastern Ethnology

Jared Koller, Researcher, Asian Cultural History Program

Trevor Loomis Merrion, Researcher, Asian Cultural History Program

Presentations will be held at YARAT, the National Art Museum, The National Academy of Sciences, The Guba History Museum, and the Baku American Center. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan Facebook page



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