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Play/Back 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016 , 

National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Admissions: Registration is free. Register online.

Chicago Film Archives’ Founder and Executive Director Nancy Watrous will deliver a keynote address at Play/back 2016, held in Washington, DC.

Play/back is an exciting one-day symposium on Friday, September 30, 2016, that will bring together scholars, archivists, librarians, curators, educators, students, filmmakers, and audiovisual preservationists for dialogue and collaboration on ensuring access to America’s rich audiovisual heritage.

Over the past 50 years, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been instrumental in preserving America’s national heritage. NEH’s Play/back symposium seeks to call attention to the vital importance of our audiovisual past, and invites participants to assist in planning for the future of preservation of our vast legacy of audio, video, and film recordings.

Panels, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses will explore topics such as the role of sound recordings and moving images in documenting and interpreting society and culture, the challenge of prioritizing and selecting materials for future generations, creative approaches to long-term care and digitization, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration to audiovisual collections stewardship, and how to communicate with a broader public the importance of preserving our recorded heritage.

The Play/back symposium at NEH follows the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 2016 conference in Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speakers
Dave Isay (Founder, StoryCorps)
Nancy Watrous (Founder and Executive Director, Chicago Film Archives)

For more information about speakers, panels, and events, visit

National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
Admissions:Registration is free. Register online.