Society Conversation with Sarah Wenner

Upper Category Member Events
Photo courtesy of Sarah Wenner

Society Conversation with Sarah Wenner

March 9, 2024
2:00 p.m.
Private Residence in San Francisco
$20 per person Society Upper Category members and guests. Advance registration must be received by the SAA by Feb. 28, 2024.

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The Society for Asian Art Cordially Invites You
to an Upper Category Member Event

Society Conversation with Sarah Wenner


Saturday, March 9, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
Private Residence in San Francisco
Fee: $20 per person Society Upper Category members and guests
Advance registration must be received by the SAA by February 28, 2024.

Society Upper Category members are invited to join a Society Conversation with Sarah Wenner, a Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Art at the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Dr. Wenner will be speaking about how tourism in Petra skyrocketed after it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985 and later featured in one of the Indiana Jones films. This tourism not only utterly transformed the ancient city but also increased Jordan's international prestige. Now Saudi Arabia, inspired by Petra's success, similarly seeks to activate its own Nabataean sites. How might this Saudi interest transform tourism in the MIddle East, and what are the cultural, political, and economic repercussions of such investment in a long forgotten ancient history?

Dr. Wenner's talk will address these questions and should be especially interesting for Upper Category members who have visited Petra, are considering visiting Petra, or might consider visiting newly opened Nabataean sites in Saudi Arabia.

The event is limited to a maximum of 20 people, so please sign up as soon as possible.

The exact address will be provided to registered attendees approximately one week before the event.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

In addition to being a Curatorial Fellow at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Dr. Wenner has taught at the University of Cincinnati. In 2023, she received a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an ACOR fellowship from the American Center of Research in Amman, Jordan.

This event is now sold out. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email the SAA Office. Thank you.

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