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10:00 am – 10:40 am OPENING Session

Opening Remarks & Moderator Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Welcome Alexander Lomaia, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations

Georgia after August war with Russia

Temur Yakobashvili, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of Georgia



10: 40am – 11:00 am   

Coffee Break

Session I. The Historical Overview and Cultural Heritage highlights of the Conflict Regions of Georgia

Chair: Maka Dvalishvili, GACC International Initiative for Georgian Cultural Studies Leader

11:00- 11:20

Dr. Iulon Gagoshidze, Georgia’s State Minister on Diaspora Affairs
Abkhazians and Ossetians in Georgia- History and Nowadays

11:20 am – 11:40 am

Dr. George Otxmezuri, Associated Professor, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Abkhazeti – the integral part of Georgia (based on the historic sources)

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Mariam Didebulidze, Director of  Giorgi Chubinashvili National Research Center for Georgian Art History and Monuments Preservation, Professor of Tbilisi Theological Academy.  Cultural Heritage of Abkhazeti

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

Dr. George Otxmezuri, Associated Professor, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Administrative status of Shida (inner) Kartli, and the ethnicity of its population (based on the historic sources)

12:20 pm - 12: 40 pm

George Gagoshidze, Dr. Art History, Georgian National Museum
Medieval Art and Architecture on the territories of conflict regions of Georgia  - Shida (inner) Kartli



1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch Brake

Session II. Georgia on the Crossroads

Chair: Dodona Kiziria, Professor, Indiana University

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Giuli Alasania, Professor, Tbilisi State University vice-Rector, International Black Sea University, the founder, head of Trustee Board, University of Georgia
Georgia as a bridge between the West and the East (Advantage and disadvantage)

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Gigi Tevzadze, Professor, Rector of Ilia Chavchavadze State University
At the Crossroads of European and Asian Cultures: ” A Geopolitical Constant or a Mythical Construct?”

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Giga Zedania, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies. IIlia Chavchavadze State University
Georgia as a Part of Black Sea Europe: Towards a New Understanding of Regional Identity



3:50 pm - 4:10 pm    Coffee Brake

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm   

Mzia Chikhradze, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at G.Chubinashvili National
Center for the Research of Georgian Art History and Monuments Protection
Expansion/Integration, Georgian-Russian Cultural Relationship in 1910-1980

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm   

Tinatin Bochorishvili, Professor, Dr. Philosophy, Director of Rustaveli Foundation for Georgian Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences
Rustaveli Foundation - Mission and Activities

4:50 pm – 5:10 pm

Carl Linich, MFA, Bennington College
The Gramophone Comes to Georgia: 1901-1914
Presentation of the anthology of Georgian folk music; 4 compact discs comprising the complete recordings made by the London Gramophone Company


Closing Remarks
Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University