As part of its ongoing public programming, the Getty Conservation Institute hosts "Issues in Conservation," a series of public lectures examining a broad range of conservation issues from around the world. The aim of this series is to introduce lively and interesting speakers from the field of conservation to the general public and to acquaint the public with the broad range of fascinating and complex issues facing those who work to preserve the sites, buildings, and objects that make up the world's cultural heritage.

Lectures are held monthly on Thursday evenings in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Events are free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation or for further information, visit the Getty Web site. Reservations can also be made by calling (310) 440-7300.

Upcoming lectures for spring and summer include:

Fallingwater: Preserving a 20th-Century Icon
May 16, 2002

Lynda S. Waggoner, executive director of Fallingwater, will provide an overview of the ongoing preservation efforts to safeguard this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, including the major structural repairs completed during the winter of 2001-02. She will be joined by structural engineer Robert Silman, president of Robert Silman Associates, P.C., the firm chosen to carry out the structural analysis and conservation of the cantilevered terraces.

England's Green and Pleasant Land: Recent Experiments to Link Building Conservation with the Wider Field of Environmental Sustainability
June 27, 2002

John Fidler, head of Building Conservation and Research at English Heritage, United Kingdom, will discuss recent conservation experiments in England that link the conservation of buildings with the wider, and much better known, field of environmental conservation.

Restoring the Light: Recent Developments with the Conservation of Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Baltimore Cathedral
July 18, 2002

John G. Waite, principal architect, and Wayne T. Ruth, chairman, Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust, will discuss the state-of-the-art methods of nondestructive evaluation and testing used to better understand and restore the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.