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Protecting cultural heritage to be topic of UGA presentation

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Protecting cultural heritage to be topic of UGA presentation

Friday, April 3, 2015

Writer: Heidi M. Murphy, 706/583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu Contact: James K. Reap, 706/542-4706, jreap@uga.edu

Protecting cultural heritage to be topic of UGA presentation

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Master of Historic Preservation Program will host a presentation titled “From Savannah to Syria: Protecting Cultural Heritage Through Law” to be delivered by Will Cook, the associate general counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The event will be held April 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall and is free and open to the public.

Cook’s work includes litigation advocacy on behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in courts across the United States. His recent projects include: defending the use of historic tax credits, challenging federal agency approval of the world’s largest wind farm in the middle of Nantucket Sound, securing boundaries for a traditional cultural landscape in New Mexico and supporting historic property owners against the harmful effects of massive cruise ships in the Port of Charleston.

A frequent lecturer to national audiences on issues related to property, land use and historic preservation law, Cook previously taught as an assistant professor at the Charleston School of Law in the areas of property law, constitutional law, historic preservation, and art and cultural heritage. He also worked at a nationally recognized law firm and for an international auction house in New York City as well as served as a member of the board of directors of the Preservation Society, the oldest preservation advocacy group in the nation.

This event is cosponsored by the School of Law and the College of Environment and Design. For more information, please contact James Reap at jreap@uga.edu.

UGA College of Environment and Design The UGA College of Environment and Design is one of the most established programs of its kind in the U.S. and consistently ranks among the top 10 environment and design schools. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in landscape architecture and graduate degrees in historic preservation and environmental planning. Graduates of these professional programs receive an in-depth and cross-disciplinary degree that emphasizes hand and computer graphics, site engineering, horticulture, storm water management and environmental design for sites ranging from residential to public space and regional site planning. For more information, see www.ced.uga.edu.

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, the UGA School of Law was established in 1859. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation’s best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.

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