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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Building Historical Narratives: The Bamiyan Project to Convene Groundbreaking Conference Focusing on Areas Emerging From Conflict

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the invitation of The Bamiyan Project, 25 scholars, activists and media personages from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Bosnia will meet in the inspiring setting of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and Washington, D.C. for a multi-day conference beginning on March 28 and running through March 31, 2011, to begin crafting a new, forward looking, democratic narrative for their respective countries, utilizing the rich material their histories provide and following a template premised on tolerance, inclusiveness and constructive social cohesion.
Invited participants include Honey Al Sayyed, Syria's most popular talk radio personality; Bosnian investigative journalist Esad Hecimovic; Iraqi blogger Karzan; and a group of Afghan and Iraqi scholars, educators, archaeologists and historians.
The Bamiyan Project, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the support and encouragement of cultural activism to prevent, restore and overcome the threats posed to civilization's achievements by war, conflict and social division.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, a sponsor of the Narratives Conference, operates the largest living history museum in the world. In Colonial Williamsburg’s 301 - acre Historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of Williamsburg – black, white, and Native American – during the American Revolution and the challenges they faced in creating a new nation. In this historic place, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation helps the future learn from the past.
For additional information on the conference or to arrange interviews with selected participants, please contact Dr. Cheryl Benard, the President and founder of The Bamiyan Project at (202) 670-7087 or Kristen Cordell at (202) 674-6337.

SOURCE The Bamiyan Project

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