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March 25, 2011

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

At the invitation of The Bamiyan Project, 25 scholars, activists and media from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Bosnia will meet in the inspiring setting of Colonial Williamsburg in 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, a sponsor of the Narratives Conference, is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

For additional information on the conference or to arrange interviews with selected participants, please contact Dr. Cheryl Benard, president and founder of The Bamiyan Project at (202) 670-7087 or Kristen Cordell at (202) 674-6337.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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