Endangered UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bamiyan Buddhas Evening Program (Session 2 of 4-Session Course) on Zoom Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET Code: 1J0091B Tickets 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Gen. Admission Resize text remove add 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! COURSE DESCRIPTION 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 Bamiyan Buddhas The standing stone statues of Bamiyan in Afghanistan were the largest representations of the Buddha in the world until their destruction by the Taliban in 2001. Jacobs delves into the history of the Bamiyan Buddhas, their construction, original purpose and function, and how they exemplified the epitome of Buddhist civilization in Central Asia. He also examines their complex and surprising relationship with successive Muslim rulers of Afghanistan, as a means of placing their destruction by the Taliban into proper historical context. ADDITIONAL SESSIONS If you are interested in additional Endangered UNESCO World Heritage Sites sessions this spring, view the upcoming schedule: May 18: Palmyra June 1: Timbuktu June 8: The Great Barrier Reef 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 CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. 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 ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.