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​ARTC Chair Debra Hess Norris joined UD faculty members discussing their world-changing ideas during an academic symposium held following the presidential inauguration.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ARTC Chair Debra Hess Norris joined other world-class faculty to welcome UD's 28th president and share highlights of their work and the impact it is having around the world.​

From the December 8, 2016 UDaily article by Beth Miller:

After a morning of regalia and pomp, as is traditional for a presidential inauguration—with special guests, family flown in from far-flung places, dignitaries from Delaware, the White House and especially Athens, Greece, to honor the University of Delaware's 28th president, Dennis Assanis and celebrate the greatness of the institution overall – the new president wanted to integrate programming featuring UD's exceptional faculty for the afternoon, too. . . . Five of the University's world-class researchers, from different disciplines and bents of mind, converged Dec. 7 to share highlights of their work and the impact it is having around the world in a symposium called "Ideas That Dare To Change The World." . . .

​Debra Hess Norris discusses her work in art conservation.​

Debra Hess Norris, the Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair in Fine Arts and chair of the Department of Art Conservation, has been described by the College Art Association as someone who has "perhaps done more than any single individual in the 21st century to further the cause of preservation of cultural heritage, both nationally and internationally.” She stunned the Thompson Theatre audience with before-and-after slides of the work her students and collaborators have done to salvage photographs from fires, floods and other perilous conditions, restore objects to brilliance and piece together shattered treasures. She talked about the friendships built during travels around the world – to the Middle East, Cuba, Africa, Asia, Europe – to learn and share methods with others, some of whom have no trained conservators in their region. She showed poignant family photos, others' and her own, that help people understand their heritage and historic events. Photos, objects and notes also can provide great comfort in times of grief, she said, noting that they have done so for her and her family in recent days. "This University is comprised of dedicated and talented individuals who care deeply about the personal success and personal well-being of others," she said. "This is the University of Delaware we are so proud of, that we believe in."

To read the full UDaily article, click here.​

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ARTC Chair Debra Hess Norris joined other world-class faculty from UD to welcome the university's 28th president and share highlights of their work and its global impact.

​ARTC Chair Debra Hess Norris joined other world-class faculty from UD to welcome the university's 28th president and share highlights of their work and its global impact.​

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