Skip to main content
Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful

Endangered UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Great Barrier Reef

Evening Program (Session 4 of 4-Session Course) on Zoom

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0091D
Select Your Tickets

Clockwise; Roman and other ruins at Palmyra, Syria, Bamiyan Buddha ruins, Afghanistan; Great Mosque of Djenné, Timbuktu, Mali; Stony Coral Colony and soldier fish Great Barrier Reef Australia

Save $20 when you purchase all 4 sessions of the Endangered UNESCO World Heritage Sites course!


There are 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Each of them offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. Some, however, are facing an existential crisis. This series offers an in-depth overview of four UNESCO World Heritage sites that have suffered grievous damage in recent decades, from Palmyra to the Great Barrier Reef. Each lavishly illustrated program goes far beyond the typical tourist experience by incorporating the insights of the latest scholarship and research.  

Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He is currently producing a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses.

Session Information

The Great Barrier Reef

Stretching for more than 1,400 miles across the northeastern coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest coral reef system as well as an extraordinary diversity of marine life. Jacobs highlights the geological and biological evolution of the Reef, its evolving cultural importance, and the manmade and environmental forces that now threaten its very existence.

Additional Sessions

If you are interested in additional Endangered UNESCO World Heritage Sites sessions this spring, view the upcoming schedule:

Patron Information

  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
  • Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program.
  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
  • View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.
This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.