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Play/back: A Symposium on Preserving Audiovisual Heritage
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When: Friday, September 30, 2016
Where: National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, District of Columbia  20506
United States

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The National Endowment for the Humanities will host Play/back, a symposium on preserving audiovisual heritage. The symposium will take place on September 30, 2016, at the National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20506.

This one-day symposium will bring together scholars, archivists, librarians, curators, educators, students, filmmakers, and audiovisual preservationists for dialogue and collaboration on ensuring access to America’s rich audiovisual heritage of the past century.

Over the past 50 years the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been instrumental in preserving America’s national heritage. NEH’s Play/back symposium seeks to call attention to the vital importance of our audiovisual past, and invites participants to assist in planning for the future of preservation of our vast legacy of audio, video, and film recordings.

Keynote Speakers:

David Isay (Founder, StoryCorps) and Nancy Watrous (Executive Director, Chicago Film Archives)

Panels, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses will explore topics such as the role of sound recordings and moving images in documenting and interpreting society and culture, the challenge of prioritizing and selecting materials for future generations, creative approaches to long-term care and digitization, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration to audiovisual collections stewardship, and how to communicate with a broader public the importance of preserving our recorded heritage.

The Play/back symposium at NEH follows the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 2016 conference in Washington, D.C.

Registration is free, but it is recommended that you register early.

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