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Fredric Brandfon received an M.A. in Folklore and Folklife in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology through the Department of History Of Religions of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He has directed excavations, along with Ze’ev Herzog of Tel Aviv University at Tel Beersheba, Tel Michal, and Tel Gerisa, all in Israel. In 1991, he received a law degree from UCLA. He has held teaching positions at Central Michigan University, Stockton State College, the College of Charleston, and the University of Southern California. He is presently the President of the Expedition to the Coastal Plain of Israel, Inc., which has, in cooperation with Tel Aviv University, mounted excavations at Tel Michal, Tel Gerisa, and Tel Yafo. He is also a lawyer, practicing in Los Angeles, California.

Jon Calame is the on-site coordinator of “Thermal Efficiency: Eastport,” an affordable heating support project launched in 2011 and based in rural Maine. A decade of field-based research on ethnic partition is summarized in his book Divided Cities: Beirut, Belfast, Jerusalem, Mostar and Nicosia (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).

Dimitrios Chatzigiannis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1984. He graduated from the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the TEI of Athens in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in “Principles of Conservation” from University College London (UCL). The vandalism of cultural heritage was the topic of his master’s thesis. He worked as a conservator in various regions in Greece and abroad and currently works for the Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, as a wall paintings conservator.

Dr. Flaminia Gennari-Santori is currently Consulting Curator of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami and Professor of History of Collecting and Display in the Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, Syracuse University Florence. From 2008 to 2013, she was Deputy Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Previously she was a Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Program Officer at the Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome. An expert on museums’ history and American collecting of European art, she is a past Fulbright Scholar and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art History from Universita` La Sapienza (Rome) and a Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute (Florence). She is the author of [End Page 165] The Melancholy of Masterpieces: Old Master Paintings in America, 1900–1914 (5continents, Milan, 2004), and Corviale, pratiche ed estetiche per la citta` contemporanea (Bruno Mondadori, Milan, 2006). She has published extensively on collecting, museum studies, and public art in European and American journals and books, most recently on the collection of John Pierpont Morgan (Journal of the History of Collections 22 [2010]: 81–98 and 307–24). She is currently working on the first scholarly analysis of the decoration and collection of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Lauren Reynolds Hall holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation (2007) and an Advanced Certificate in Architectural Conservation and Site Management (2008) from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Conservator at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida.

Megan Cross Schmitt graduated with an M.S. in Historic Preservation and an Advanced Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She currently serves as the Preservation Officer for the City of Miami.

James Janowski is Professor of Philosophy at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he has taught since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A member of AIC and ICOM, he is interested in both the practice of conservation and in thinking carefully about that practice. Janowski’s research focuses on the philosophical issues underlying a conservator’s work and he has given presentations throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Germany, Brazil, and Bhutan. Janowski has published a number of essays on the Bamiyan Buddhas, and is writing a book that aims to sort out what should happen at Bamiyan’s desecrated cultural heritage site while also addressing fundamental questions in conservation theory.

Mark D. Kessler is an architect and associate professor at...


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