ARLINGTON >> Arlington Memorial High School science teacher Luisa Millington will present her new book at a "Meet the Author" event at the Community College of Vermont.
The presentation will take place on Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at CCV Bennington, on Main Street. The book is entitled "The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property: Saving the World's Heritage," and covers the branch of the Italian armed forces known popularly in English as the Carabinieri Art Squad, which every year recovers thousands of cultural artifacts that have been stolen and sold, or taken from war and disaster zones. Millington co-authored the book with Laurie Rush, cultural research manager for the Cultural Resources Program at Fort Drum, N.Y.
Millington, who is also a professor at CCV Bennington, teaches honors physics and chemistry at AMHS, and is the chair of the science department. In August, the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union hired her to be their new director of curriculum development. In March, Millington, along with seven other area STEM educators, received a "Bright Spots in Education" award from the ETA Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, which honors women educators who inspire others through creative projects and lessons, student-management skills and use of technology. She has been the recipient of several other honors, including being named Vermont Chemistry Teacher of the Year from the New England Institute of Chemists and presenting at the Archaeologists Institute of America's Annual Meeting as part of the Cultural Heritage by AIA-Military Panel.
Millington, received her Ph.D. and Master of Science at the University La Sapienza in Italy, is a noted archeologist and author who has led over 30 digs in her native Italy. Since 2011, Millington and Rush have worked together to research measures to preserve culturally significant artifacts in war. "The idea is that before an invasion, both countries should be aware, both of them, about what monuments or sites should not be destroyed or bombed or attacked," Millington said in an interview. Rush eventually began working with NATO to implement their ideas.
"Luisa is an exceptional academic who is able to challenge our honors and accelerated students in their thinking," said AMHS principal Tim Stewart, "Her commitment to education is exemplary, and her work in the area of cultural heritage is impressive. We are proud of her accomplishments."
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. It is also available at the publisher's website, www.boydellandbrewer.com