Katelynn Averyt, Disaster Response Coordinator
Katelynn Averyt is the disaster response coordinator at the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative where she manages SCRI’s research data related to cultural heritage under threat and coordinates emergency response field work and deployments for domestic and international cultural heritage disaster missions. Prior to her work at the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, Katelynn was the development coordinator at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and deputy director at the Helen Day Art Center in Vermont. She received her M.A. in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University and her B.A. in Classics from The Catholic University of America.
Hayden Bassett, Research Associate
Hayden Bassett is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, the archaeology curator at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the director of the Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab (CHML). The CHML is a collaborative lab operated by the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Through this lab, Dr. Bassett conducts global satellite monitoring and analysis to identify and safeguard cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict and natural disaster. Dr. Bassett is closely involved with the SCRI-supported U.S. Army Monuments Officer Training (AMOT) program, and through the CHML, provides support to U.S. Government agencies and international cultural heritage NGOs. Previously, he served as an archaeologist for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he directed archaeological fieldwork and cultural property protection in East Africa, the Middle East, southern Europe, and throughout the United States. Dr. Bassett received his doctoral degree from the College of William & Mary.
Stacy Bowe, Training Program Manager
Stacy Bowe develops and implements cultural heritage emergency preparedness workshops, trainings, and educational resources in collaboration with many of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative’s partners. This includes assisting with the coordination of the international First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) training and managing the U.S.–focused Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) programs. She completed her master’s program in Managing Archaeological Sites at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and afterwards participated in an internship with the UNESCO Culture Unit in Bangkok, Thailand, where she assisted with processing submissions to the 2014 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Previously, Stacy was the Department Assistant in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the Smithsonian’s Freer | Sackler Gallery, where she oversaw the administrative management of the office as well as assisted conservators on several technical studies. Her bachelor’s degree in Archaeology was obtained from Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.
Brian I. Daniels, Director of Research and Programs, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Brian I. Daniels is the director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Daniels co-directs the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project, which aims to enhance the protection of cultural heritage by supporting professionals and activists in conflict areas, and leads a National Science Foundation-supported study about the intentional destruction of cultural heritage in conflict. He has also worked with local communities on issues surrounding heritage rights and repatriation for over fifteen years. Previously, he served as the manager of the National Endowment for the Humanities regional center initiative at San Francisco State University, where he worked on strategies for community engagement and folklore documentation. Dr. Daniels received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lori Foley, Coordinator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Lori Foley coordinates the functions of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), ensuring that local, state, territorial, and federal cultural stewards and emergency managers work together before and after disasters to protect cultural heritage. Prior to joining FEMA and serving as the HENTF liaison to the Smithsonian, Foley was VP of Emergency Programs at Heritage Preservation, where her responsibilities included creating and supporting cultural heritage emergency networks, including the Alliance for Response and the State Heritage Emergency Partnership. She has lectured widely and conducted numerous workshops on emergency preparedness and response at cultural institutions across the U.S. and internationally.
Nana Kaneko, Specialist, Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Dr. Nana Kaneko supports the coordination of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF). The HENTF, co-sponsored by SCRI and FEMA’s Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (OEHP), is a public-private partnership of 60 national service organizations and federal agencies working to protect cultural heritage in our nation’s states, tribes, territories, and local communities from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. Prior to joining FEMA’s OEHP, Kaneko was the SCRI Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Program Manager for Cultural Disaster Analysis where she monitored, organized, coordinated, and evaluated program implementation, operations, and administration to meet the needs of cultural heritage organizations working on response.
Kaneko completed her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside, in 2017. Her dissertation, entitled “Performing Recovery: Music and Disaster Relief in Post-3.11 Japan,” examines the role of music in recovery efforts following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout that struck Northeast Japan on March 11, 2011. Kaneko conducted two years of fieldwork while based in Sendai as a visiting researcher at Miyagi University of Education.
Elizabeth Kirby, Senior Advisor for Programs and Partnerships
Elizabeth Kirby is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communication for the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. She uses her experience to help SCRI staff engage with organizations dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of cultural heritage through collaborations and external funding. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she was the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at American University. She also worked in the university’s development office in corporate and foundation relations and held a post in continuing education that involved developing customized training and education programs for private and public sector organizations. She received her MA from American University in Linguistics and her BA from the University of Florida in Asian Studies. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals and holds the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credential.
Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large
As a member of the Smithsonian’s senior leadership team, Richard Kurin helps guide the Institution’s national museums, pre-eminent research centers, and educational programs with a staff of 6,500 and annual budget of $1.5 billion. His areas of focus are the Smithsonian’s strategic direction, institutional partnerships, public representation, philanthropic support, and special initiatives. Prior to his current role, Kurin served as Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research from 2015, and from 2007 served as Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. For two decades before that, Kurin directed the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Kurin was appointed by successive Secretaries of State to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and helped draft an international treaty to safeguard living cultural heritage now ratified by 170 nations. He led efforts to save heritage in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and has overseen projects for saving heritage endangered by natural disaster in Nepal and the U.S., and by human conflict in Mali, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. Kurin served as liaison to the U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the White House Historical Association, and chairs a task group for the U.S. Department of State Cultural Heritage Coordinating Committee. He is a board member of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He has been honored by Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the International Council of Museums, the American Anthropological Association, the American Folklore Society, and the Smithsonian, and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
An anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Kurin specialized in the study of South Asia. He has held Fulbright and Social Science Research Council fellowships, taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and authored six books, including the best-selling The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.
Laurie Rush, Research Associate
Dr. Laurie Rush is an Anthropologist and Archaeologist who has served as a U.S. Army civilian for over twenty years managing Cultural Resources at Fort Drum, NY and serving as Native American Affairs Liaison for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum. Dr. Rush was military liaison for the return of the Mesopotamian City of Ur to the Iraqi People in 2009, represented U.S. Central Command at Environmental Shuras in Kabul in 2010 and analyzed cultural property protection lessons learned from the Iraq and Afghan conflicts for the U.S. Central Command Environmental Program. On behalf of CENTCOM she participated in key leader engagements across the Middle East including Jordanian partnership programs, Eagle Resolve and Bright Star exercises. Dr. Rush just completed co-directing an international panel developing cultural property protection policy and doctrine for NATO.
As editor of “Archaeology, Cultural Property, and the Military,” co-author of “The Carabinieri TPC; Saving the World’s Heritage,” and author of numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Rush is internationally recognized as a specialist concerning the importance of military education and operations planning for cultural property protection in crisis areas. Recently she has also been recognized by the media as a modern “Monuments Woman,” is featured in the new book, “Lives in Ruins” and is a Board Member of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.
Corine Wegener, Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer
Corine Wegener is director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), an outreach program dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in crisis situations in the U.S. and abroad. SCRI’s work includes projects in Syria, Iraq, Haiti, Nepal, and around the world. SCRI also co-chairs, with FEMA’s Office of Environmental and Historic Preservation, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, part of the U.S. National Disaster Recovery Framework. Before coming to the Smithsonian in 2012, Wegener was an associate curator in the department of Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. During a concurrent career as a US Army Reserve officer, she served on several military deployments, including as an Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer assigned to assist after the 2003 looting of the Iraq National Museum. Wegener has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha and MA degrees in Political Science and Art History from the University of Kansas.
Ella Weiner, Project Assistant
As part of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative team, Ella Weiner works with the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) and the Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) program, and on special projects, including intergovernmental cultural heritage protection coordination and strategic communications. Previously she worked for the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations on cultural projects and communications. Her research is focused on cultural heritage, international law, and museums. Ella graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University with honors in political science and art history.