Texas Tech University

Fahim Rahimi Lecture

Fighting for the Nation's Cultural Heritage: Efforts and Challenges of the National Museum of Afghanistan


Public Lecture by Fahim Rahimi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan

6 PM, Wednesday September 14, 2016
Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Museum of Texas Tech University
Free Admission | Free Parking | Free Reception
Please use the West Entrance (off Indiana Avenue)
(806) 742-2490 | hyojung.cho@ttu.edu

The Museum of Texas Tech University is pleased to present a public lecture by Fahim Rahimi, the Director of The National Museum of Afghanistan. His lecture will address the Museum's efforts and challenges in protecting Afghanistan's heritage. The National Museum of Afghanistan has great responsibility of for preservation and protection of the country's precious treasures that represents Afghanistan's historical and cultural background. Preventing destruction and pillage of cultural property calls for international collaboration and active involvement by governments, cultural organizations including museums, but also demands awareness and advocacy from everyone.

Mr. Rahimi specializes in cultural heritage management and preservation, with particular interest in the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Kabul University and studied heritage preservation and curatorial studies at Vienna University and at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. He was a Fulbright Scholar, and is pursuing a master's degree in Anthropology and Heritage Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. During his previous tenure at the Museum as a Curator, and then later as a Chief Curator of the National Museum, he was responsible for one of the most significant collections of ancient and Islamic art in Central Asia. Mr. Rahimi organized a number of important exhibitions, which includes, "Mes Aynak New Discoveries along the Silk Road," "Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan," and "1000 Cities of Bactria." In addition, he played a major role in organizing the international traveling exhibition, "Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan."

The lecture is free and open to the public at 6 p.m. on Wednesday September 14, 2016, in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Reception with light food and drink will follow. Free parking is available. The lecture is partially funded by the Seed Grant of the International Cultural Center. Questions about the lecture can be directed to (806) 742-2490 or hyojung.cho@ttu.edu.


Originally posted August 25, 2016