The GCI announces the winter/spring schedule for "Conservation Matters: Lectures at the Getty"—a public series examining a broad range of conservation issues from around the world. Lectures are held at 7:00 p.m in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Events are free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, visit the Getty Web site. Reservations can also be made by calling (310) 440-7300.

Venice Can Be Saved from the Waves if...
Thursday, January 20, 2005

Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor of The Art Newspaper and chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, will speak about the threats to Venice and some of the proposed solutions for saving this unique World Heritage Site.

Mesopotamia Endangered: Witnessing the Loss of History
Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, journalist and former archaeologist, will speak about the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in Iraq.

Paneled Rooms: Museum Objects or "Lifestyle Environments"?
Thursday, March 17, 2005

Brian Considine, decorative arts conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, looks at the installation of paneled rooms in American and European museums and addresses their authenticity, conservation, and meaning.

Bazaars in Victorian Arcades: Conserving Bombay's Historic Fort Area
Thursday, April 21, 2005

Rahul Mehrotra, urban designer, will discuss the challenges of conservation in a bewildering urban landscape where modernity and tradition cohabit the same space.

Building Communities through Heritage
Thursday, May 19, 2005

Sir Neil Cossons, chairman of English Heritage, will discuss how recent work in England, undertaken as part of a wide-ranging review of protection and management of the historic environment, demonstrates that support for heritage is widespread and is seen increasingly as a key to sustainable communities.