CHAMP Workshop at AIA Annual Meeting 2011, San Antonio, TX


The Cultural Heritage by AIA-Military Panel (CHAMP) interest group is dedicated to preserving cultural heritage in war and other circumstances where the military plays an active role. CHAMP will be presenting a day-long workshop on 8 Jan to discuss current and future efforts by various military and academic constituencies by and on behalf of the military.  The day will be broken into three sessions, Military, Academic, and Future Directions. AIA President and CHAMP co-chair, Dr. C. Brian Rose will introduce the workshop, and Dr. James Zeidler, Ms. Laura Childs, and Col Matthew Bogdanos will moderate each session respectively.

MILITARY SESSION: 8:45-11:30am

TITLE: “Recent Initiatives of the CENTCOM Historical Cultural Action Group (CHCAG)”

MODERATOR: Dr. James A. Zeidler, CEMML, Colorado State University

ABSTRACT: This session will highlight current activities of the US Central Command’s Historical/Cultural Action Group (CHCAG) in providing cultural heritage awareness training and guidance to U.S. military personnel deployed in current contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These include (a) a strategic plan to better incorporate this type of training into existing training enterprises in the different DoD services, as well as more effectively provide guidance on cultural property protection (CPP) issues in DoD planning for contingency operations, (b) a discussion of the current Charter and Mission Statement of the CENTCOM Historical/Cultural Action Group , (c) presentation of a web portal concept for CHCAG to promote greater dissemination of information on CPP issues in-theater, (d) guidance for military planners and analysts on how to best identify—and help protect— archaeological sites using satellite imagery, (e) an examination of the Italian Carabinieri as a model for cultural property protection by all deploying armed forces; and (f) a status report on the current activities of the International Military Cultural Resources  Working Group (IMCURWG), and the relevance and importance of international cooperation on Cultural Property Protection in the event of man-made and natural disasters. The papers will be followed by open discussion with the audience.


Strategic Plan for DoD Cultural Property Protection Training & Planning
Dr. James A. Zeidler, CEMML, Colorado State University;  Dr. Laurie W. Rush, CRM Program, Fort Drum, NY, and COL Matthew Bogdanos, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
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CENTCOM Historical/Cultural Action Groups (CHCAG) Charter and Mission Statement
Serena Bellew, Deputy Federal Preservation Officer, Department of Defense
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Going Viral: A Web Portal Concept for CHCAG and Beyond
Paul Kunkel, Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE)
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Satellite Remote Sensing Guidance for Archaeological Site Identification (and Avoidance) in the DoD
Dr. Sarah Parcak, University of Alabama, Birmingham

A Preliminary Study of the Italian Carabinieri as a Model for Other Deploying Forces
Dr. Luisa Millington, Independent Researcher and Dr. Laurie Rush, CRM program, Ft Drum NY
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The International Military Cultural Resources Working Group (IMCURWG): A Status Report
LTCOL (Reserve) Joris Kila, Dutch Ministry of Defense and University of Amsterdam
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NOTE: Session attendees will receive a free deck of the new Afghanistan Cultural Heritage Playing Cards, an educational product designed and distributed by the CHCAG for the Department of Defense.

ACADEMIC SESSION: 12:30-2:30pm

TITLE: “AIA and Academic Support of Military”

MODERATOR: Ms. Laura Childs

ABSTRACT: will discuss various efforts by AIA and other academics to provide training to military personnel operating among cultural heritage sites. AIA has been providing lectures to deploying military personnel since 2003. CHAMP was formally organized in Jan 2010 to coordinate the efforts of the CHCAG, AIA, and other groups. The purpose and efforts of CHAMP over the last year will be explored in depth. The training program of the University of Maryland College presents online courses on Iraqi cultural heritage for military personnel. The Iraqi Cultural Atlas was translated last year and has continued to be updated. The perspective of cultural heritage experts on what, how, and when cultural heritage training to military should be provided will be examined. The Air Force Culture and Language Center has developed a cultural training curriculum for deploying Airmen. Blue Shield president Corinne Wegener will provide an overview of the Blue Shield specialized cultural heritage protection training program and some insights into the future of U.S. emergency response for cultural heritage in armed conflicts and natural disasters.   The papers will be followed by open discussion with the audience.


CHAMPions of Cultural Heritage
Ms. Laura Childs, AIA and AF Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency
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Educating the Troops: a Course on Cultural Heritage Protection, Iraq
Dr. Lisa Kahn, University of Maryland University College
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Iraqi Cultural Atlas Update
Dr. Zachary Boswell, University of Texas

Right place? Right time? Right person? – Cultural Heritage Experts Working With the Military
Dr. Peter Stone, Newcastle University
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The Air Force Approach to Culture: Heritage, Interaction and Beyond
Dr. Brian Selmeski, AF Culture and Language Center
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The 1954 Hague Convention Training Program for U.S. Army Civil Affairs Units
Ms. Corrine Wegener, President of the Blue Shield

The Protection of Cultural Property  in the Event of Armed Conflict: the Austrian Model and the Role of Military Academies in Research and Teaching
Dr. Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen and Dr. Friedrich Schipper
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FUTURE DIRECTIONS: 2:45 – 5:15pm



ABSTRACT: The Future Direction Session will discuss the future directions CHAMP should address. A presentation focusing on disaster scenarios and entities in the Americas will summarize a series of initiatives to create mechanisms to apply cultural property protection protocols to non-International Humanitarian Law conditions and create complementary international and domestic programs. Efforts in Iraq will be examined as an example for how cultural heritage preservation can be used to stabilize nations. The problem of moderating the conflicts over preservation of cultural heritage among competing constituencies will be assessed. The US State Dept will explain its efforts to protect cultural heritage in Iraq. A presentation will examine what further legal steps the United States and the international community should take to increase protection for cultural sites, monuments, and repositories and cultural objects during armed conflict. CHAMP funding will be explored, including establishment of a non-profit foundation, sources of funding, and projects.  Lastly, these topics will be opened to discussions with the audience.


Development through the Inter-American System of New Mechanisms to Enable Cultural Property Protection Protocols
Col Michael Welch, Organization of American States
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National Challenges and Local Narratives:  the uses of cultural resources in the stabilization of troubled states
James C. Carlson, US Army National Guard Download presentation

Balancing Stakeholders in Cultural Heritage Sites Management: The Babylon Example
COL Mark Yanaway, CA, USAR, Civil Affairs Planning Team Chief
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State Dept Efforts in Iraq
Dr. Diane Siebrandt, State Dept, Iraq Mission

The U.S. Ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of  Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and Other Recent Developments: Are These Enough?
Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University 

Funding Initiatives for CHAMP
Ms. Laura Childs, AF ISR Agency
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