The Jewish People vs. the Assyrian Kings

“The Jewish People vs. the Assyrian Kings,” with virtual heritage pioneer Donald Sanders
at the June 3 Knosh & Knowledge

Virtual visualization of the throne room of the Palace of Nimrud (submitted photo).

Virtual visualization of the throne room of the Palace of Nimrud (submitted photo).

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – On Friday, June 3, Knosh & Knowledge will host Donald Sanders, Phd, an architect, architectural historian, and archaeologist who helped pioneer the discipline of virtual heritage in the early 1990s. His special interest is the application of nontraditional methods (including advanced computer graphics, virtual reality, and behavioral science techniques) to the study and visualization of the past. His topic will be: “The Jewish People vs. the Assyrians Kings: How virtual reality helps us understand and preserve what has now been lost.”

This Jewish Federation of the Berkshires program will take place at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire at 10:45 a.m., and will be followed by lunch.

Donald Sanders, a pioneer of virtual representations to aid historical understanding, will speak at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire on June 3 at 10:45 a.m.

Donald Sanders, a pioneer of virtual representations to aid historical understanding, will speak at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire on June 3 at 10:45 a.m.

In this program, Sanders will discuss how his companies’ 3D re-creations of ancient Nimrud and Nineveh (in modern Iraq) have become eerily relevant lately not only for understanding the empire’s capital cities, but also for contextualizing biblical stories that were turned into historical realities by the 19th-century discovery of cuneiform inscriptions.  Says Dr. Sanders: ” “Fate’s misfortune has decreed that the historically and culturally important remnants of that ancient Assyrian power should now itself become the target of willful demolition by ISIS, with the sole purpose of wiping Assyrian sculpture and architecture from the pages of history. Fortunately, we can digitally document and preserve archaeological evidence so that future generations can continue to study, learn from, and virtually revisit the past in unprecedented detail.”

Sanders founded Learning Sites Inc., in 1996, and the Institute for the Visualization of History Inc., in 2001, both of which use interactive computer graphics for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information about ancient material culture.

This Knosh & Knowledge program begins at 10:45 a.m. and is open to the public. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire is at 270 State Road in Great Barrington, MA. The talk will be followed by a buffet. Admission is $11, which includes the lunch. Participants may attend the program only for $5. Advance reservations for lunch are required.

To make the required advance reservations, call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360, ext. 10 or email jfb.officemanager@verizon.net.

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