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A Heritage of Ruins Book Launch & Talk

Sukhothai-ThailandSukhothai, Thailand

Location: Tokioka Room, Moore 319
When: Friday, September 27, 2013 from 12:00-1:30PM


9780824836313The ancient ruins of Southeast Asia have long sparked curiosity and romance in the world’s imagination. They appear in accounts of nineteenth-century French explorers, as props for Indiana Jones’ adventures, and more recently as the scene of Lady Lara Croft’s fantastical battle with the forces of evil. They have been featured in National Geographic magazine and serve as backdrops for popular television travel and reality shows. Now Professor Chapman’s expansive new study explores the varied roles these monumental remains have played in the histories of Southeast Asia’s modern nations. Join us for this talk and new book launch!

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Speaker Bio

Dr. William Chapman
Director, Graduate Program, Historic Preservation
University of Hawai‘i

william-chapmanWilliam is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Educated at Columbia (M.S. in Historic Preservation, 1978) and at Oxford University in England (D.Phil. in Anthropology, 1982), he specializes in architectural recording, the management of historic districts, and materials conservation. A former Fulbright scholar and American Candidate at the International Center for Conservation in Rome (ICCROM), he has been a twotime Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching in both Thailand (2006) and Cambodia (2002). He has a special interest in international preservation, particularly in the Pacific and Asia and serves on three International Specialized ICOMOS Committees: History and Theory, Historic Towns and Urban Areas and Vernacular Architecture. Since 2000, he has been a member of the UNESCO committee for Heritage Awards in Asia and the Pacific.