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Cultural Heritage

Making Friends and Influencing Policy Through Protecting our Shared History

Deborah Lehr | Posted 12.05.2016 | World
Deborah Lehr

Secretary John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry Sign Cultural MOU Secretary John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed...

The Word On the Street in Timbuktu (About the ICC Trial)

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Cynthia P. Schneider

On September 27th when the International Criminal Court in The Hague handed down a sentence of nine years in prison for Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi for the war crime of destroying cultural heritage in Timbuktu, civic and religious leaders in the famed city of 333 saints were relieved that justice -- for once--had been done.

Scientists at work: Public archaeologists dig before the construction crews do

The Conversation US | Posted 08.29.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

Nina M. Versaggi, Binghamton University, State University of New York Armed with my sharpened trowel, 3-meter tape, shovel, shaker screen and peanut ...

A Dreamer Who Dares to Dance: Mr. Fernando Paiz and La Ruta Maya Foundation

Mark Coleman | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

Mr. Fernando Paiz is the quintessential Renaissance man. A philanthropist, businessman, cultural and environmental preservationist, humanitarian, father and grandfather - Mr. Paiz's storied life has yielded many titles and credits to his name.

What We Owe the People of Syria

Irina Bokova | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Irina Bokova

That we need to do more and better is clear. Nobody, including UNESCO, has any lessons to give. All that counts is the desire to work with everyone, focusing on the heritage, refusing to let it be exploited.

In a Historic Election, Where Do the Candidates Stand on Protecting America's Heritage?

Greg Werkheiser | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics
Greg Werkheiser

As part of Preservation50, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and partners are inviting public input on how to ensure an even brighter future for cultural heritage protection and its public use in the next fifty years.

Uncovering and Celebrating Ancestral Roots

Allison Gilbert | Posted 02.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

We are living in an exciting time, indeed historic, with the incredible advent of DNA testing being so readily accessible and affordable

Lessons from Lesvos

Georgia Kolias | Posted 02.15.2017 | Impact
Georgia Kolias

We all have the ability to make an impact on world issues, from wizened grandmothers, to the Hollywood elite, to your average citizen with no money bu...

Making The Voice of Peace Stronger - 3 Scientific Reasons You Should Meditate for World Peace

Sejal Shah | Posted 02.09.2017 | Impact
Sejal Shah

Meditation has proven its advantage for people of all walks of life be it be Corporate America, educational institutes, health care organizations, pri...

Culture: ISIS' New Tool of Warfare

Deborah Lehr | Posted 11.22.2016 | World
Deborah Lehr

Certainly, looting has been occurring since there was buried treasure. But ISIS and its sympathizers have taken it to a new level. They are intentionally targeting the symbols that define our culture as a means to destroy our spirit.

Why We Must Stop Radicalization

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.18.2016 | World
Irina Bokova

Terrorists are not born: they are created, fueled and radicalized, they are taught to hate and kill in cold blood. We need to disarm the process of radicalization, to undo the mechanisms of influence that can place young people on the path to violent extremism. We must teach peace.

Goal 18: Global Development Goals and Heritage Preservation

HRH Princess Dana Firas | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
HRH Princess Dana Firas

All 17 UN goals adopted are important and key to achieving sustainable development. But just as important is the protection and preservation of our global cultural heritage. It was a glaring omission.

Heritage in the Headlines During UNGA Meetings

Deborah Lehr | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Deborah Lehr

It was a headline week for the protection of cultural heritage. When leaders from more than 160 countries gathered in New York City last week, a main topic of discussion for the attending heads of state was how to combat the growing strength of violent extremist groups in the Middle East.

Pop-Cultural Heritage: The Daily Show, ISIS, and Looted Antiquities

Katie A. Paul | Posted 10.01.2016 | World
Katie A. Paul

Popular culture is no stranger to archaeology. The subject has made its way into some of America's favorite movies, TV shows and video games. But archaeology has most often been referenced in popular culture as a novelty, and much of that is a result of its most famous pop-culture icon, Indiana Jones.

Find The Real India: Dance In The Streets Of Gujarat

Jonathan Tourtellot | Posted 08.13.2016 | Travel
Jonathan Tourtellot

From a destination-quality point of view, Gujarat strikes me as pure India, still unadulterated by international tourism. The people are friendly, the streets filthy, the culture deep and complex, the traffic crazy, the dances fun, prices affordable, and the weather hot.

History on the Line

Theresa Pierno | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Regardless of Dominion's eagerness to destroy Jamestown and the historical, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic significance attached to this important place, the Army Corps should require an EIS before making an ultimate decision regarding Dominion's ill-conceived proposal. Think about what's at stake.

Global Momentum Building Against Cultural Cleansing

Deborah Lehr | Posted 06.17.2016 | World
Deborah Lehr

As one of its barbarous tactics in its war of terror, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threatens, loots and destroys symbols of world civilization: museums and libraries; churches, mosques and synagogues; and treasured archaeological artifacts and sites.

Why Does Heritage Become Hostage?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
American Anthropological Association

Although shocking, such destruction has become routine. Iraq's cultural heritage, along with the country's suffering citizens, has been a constant victim in its tragic war.

Why Preserving Pakistan's Cultural Heritage Should Matter to the United States

Rick Olson | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Rick Olson

Through the preservation of cultural heritage sites in Pakistan and other countries, the United States can demonstrate our support for the principles of tolerance and respect for diversity that residents of this region have lived by for centuries.

How "Silent Night" Became the World's Most Popular Christmas Carol

Markus Giesler | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Markus Giesler

Why did only "Silent Night" become a century-spanning Christmas hit while Franz Gruber's other tunes, "Joyful Christmas" and "Holiest Night," land in the dustbin of history?

Saving Culture Is Essential for Building Peace

Irina Bokova | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Irina Bokova

I went to Erbil, to stand with the people of Iraq, to defend their unique heritage and diversity and to say that this matters - not just for Iraq's future but for all women and men. We must defend the idea of a shared humanity wherever it is challenged. This is our struggle.

Beyond the Bounds of Conservation

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.

Should U.S. Facilitate Tourism in Turkmenistan?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Rehabilitation at Gonur Depe was undertaken in the interest of enhancing tourism. But should the U.S. enable "tyranny tourism" and other works of "cultural preservation" benefiting a notorious dictatorship in Turkmenistan?

Beat of the Drum in Dong Village

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

It has been six months since my last visit to China. This time around, the fragile architecture of Dali Dong village was wrapped in supporting beams and scaffolding as part of the efforts in progress to restore its heart and soul.

What I Learned About my Daughter's Identity While Shopping for Dresses

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Julie Flynn Badal

I worried about when and where my daughter would choose to wear the dress. I feared women from the Middle East might assume my daughter viewed the gown as a kind of costume that appropriated their culture. But for my child, I think the dress just symbolized selfhood.