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2011 Center for Heritage & Society Honorees

A special feature of this year’s conference will be the recognition of the achievements of three outstanding heritage professionals for their contributions to a more inclusive, more sustainable public awareness of the significance of cultural heritage in contemporary society. In addition to presenting thematic plenary addresses, they will be honored at a special evening event. The honorees are:

Henry Cleere

HENRY CLEERE, mentor, teacher, and friend to a generation of heritage professionals throughout the world, is being honored for his dedication to the cause of World Heritage and to his contributions to international heritage policy and practice. Professor Cleere began his career in archaeology after working in the steel industry for nearly twenty years, eventually obtaining his PhD in 1980 at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London (where he has been Honorary Professor of Archaeological Heritage Management since 1998).

He was Director of the Council for British Archaeology from 1974 to 1991, followed by eleven years (1992 to 2002) in Paris as World Heritage Coordinator for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Since that time he has been a consultant on the management aspects of World Heritage and other urban and archaeological sites in a number of countries, including Bahrain, China, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Tunisia, and Ukraine. He has edited two major works on heritage management: Approaches to the Archaeological Heritage (Cambridge, 1984) and Archaeological Heritage Management in the Modern World (London, 1989). A founder member and first Secretary General of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), he was the recipient of its European Heritage Award in 2002. In 2010 he received the annual Conservation and Management Award of the Archaeological Institute of America. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the US-based Global Heritage Fund.

Henry Cleere

BARBARA J. LITTLE is being honored for her prolific and fundamental work in public archaeology, issues of public outreach and involvement, evaluation and official designations of archaeological places, and on the public relevance of archaeology. Her book Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters (2007) was named an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice in 2008. Her other recent publications include "What can archaeology do for justice, peace, community and the earth?" a forum in Historical Archaeology (2009) 43(4) and "In the Public Interest: Creating a more activist, civically-engaged archaeology," co-authored with Larry Zimmerman, in Voices in American Archaeology (2010, Society for American Archaeology 75th Anniversary Volume).

In a related work, Little explores intersections between civic engagement, social justice, and archaeology in Archaeology as a Tool of Civic Engagement (2007), co-edited with Paul A. Shackel. Heritage of Value, Archaeology of Renown: Reshaping Archaeological Assessment and Significance (2005), co-edited with Clay Mathers and Timothy Darvill is a call to the international archaeology profession to re-engage and re-invigorate discussions about site significance and public involvement in evaluation and assessment. Little also edited Public Benefits of Archaeology (2002), a collection of viewpoints on the value of archaeology for the public.

Henry Cleere

DAVID LOWENTHAL, recent recipient of the prestigious Forbes Prize of the International Institute of Conservation, is being honored for his path breaking works on the significance of the Past in the Present and for his enormous influence on the heritage field. He is emeritus professor of geography and honorary research fellow at University College London, is a gold medalist of the Royal Geographical, the Royal Scottish Geographical, and the American Geographical societies, a Senior Fellow of the British Academy, and honorary D. Litt. Memorial University of Newfounndland. He was previously Secretary of the American Geographical Society, has taught at a score of universities on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been a Fulbright, a Guggenheim, a Leverhulme, and a Landes Fellow.

Among his books are West Indian Societies (1972), Geographies of the Mind (with M. J. Bowden, 1975), Our Past before Us: Why Do We Save It? (with M. Binney, 1981), The Past Is a Foreign Country (1985; 2d ed forthcoming), Landscape Meanings and Values (with E. C. Penning-Rowsell, 1986), The Politics of the Past (with P. Gathercole, 1989), The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History (1996), George Perkins Marsh, Prophet of Conservation (2000), The Nature of Cultural Heritage and the Culture of Natural Heritage (with K.R.Olwig, 2005), Passage du temps sur le paysage (2008), and Undiscovered Country: Reclaiming the Future (forthcoming).

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