Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies
Thursday, November 14, 2013
10:00 am–5:00 pm, Rasmuson Theater
One of civilization’s most impressive engineering achievements, the Inka Road (or Qhapaq ñan, “The Royal Road”) is featured in this gathering of leading scholars of the Inka Empire, which encompassed large territories of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. Insightful presentations will focus on the planning, construction, and sustainability of the magnificent Inka roads that five hundred years ago integrated the rugged, mountainous world of the Andes. Presenters include Crayla Alfaro (City of Cusco Architect), Alejandro Beltrán (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Wayne Clough (Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution), Christine Fiori (Virginia Tech), Ricardo Mar (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), John Ochsendorf (MIT), Clifford Schexnayder (Arizona State University), Gary Urton (Harvard University), Erika Vicente (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru), and Kenneth and Ruth Wright (Wright Water Engineers, Inc.). Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Live webcast at http://nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts/
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National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.
The National Museum of the American Indian operates three facilities. The museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education. The George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research, educational activities, and performing arts programs. The Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging programs, and research facilities. The NMAI's off-site outreach efforts, often referred to as the "fourth museum," include websites, traveling exhibitions, and community programs.
Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.