CHAMP Workshop at AIA Annual Meeting 2013, Seattle, WA


Cultural Heritage by AIA-Military Panel (CHAMP) Workshop: Cultural Heritage Challenges in the New Military Environment. Following is the workshop abstract plus descriptions of  the presentations that started the session plus the roundtables  that followed. Notes for each roundtable are linked to the descriptions below. Members should use them to continue the discussions on topics and to work towards completion of the action items. Each roundtable moderator will be responsible for the efforts of his/her group. All members are welcome to contribute towards the goals of any and all groups. Please pass questions and information directly to the moderators.

Abstract: The military environment is changing in various, often unpredictable, ways due to the shrinking military budgets, shifting national strategic priorities, political revolutions, and other factors. Military priorities and capabilities to protect cultural heritage can be minimized or lost in such a changeable environment.  CHAMP supports the military through close partnerships with many military and academic constituencies to provide cultural heritage education and training, good policy guidelines, good cultural resource tools, and scholarly advice about sites and artifacts. This workshop will address these issues and determine the best practices for aiding the military in preserving cultural heritage.

The workshop will last for one three-hour session, divided into two sections. The first section will be an hour long, devoted to five-minute lectures; the second section will consist of roundtable discussions. Five of the lectures will consist of the 2012 CHAMP Workshop roundtable moderators summarizing actions taken since last year (see notes

Several people made short presentations at the beginning of the workshop, including Dr. Laurie Rush, Dr. Brian Rose, Mr. John Valainis, Mr. James Zeidler, Ms. Corinne Wegener, Mr. Ben Roberts, and Ms. Laura Childs.

In the second section, the roundtable discussions continued last year’s discussions:

Education (Dr. Lisa Kahn): Discuss types of education (Professional Military Education, university programs, etc.), material, methods, and training aids that are available or in development for both military and academia. 

Contingency Plans and Cultural Resources (Mr. Benjamin Roberts and Dr. Cori Wegener): Develop contingency plans for immediate implementation (within 60-90 days) whenever crises occur. Development and availability of cultural heritage information such as GIS maps, site descriptions, and cultural property covered by 1954 Hague Conventions (such as museums, libraries, archives, religious sites, etc.) for military personnel to access easily.

International Military Cultural Heritage Working Group (ImCurWG) integration with and support to CHAMP/MilCHAG (Drs Joris Kila): Understand how ImCurWG can work with CHAMP and other groups to provide support in crises. 

Workshop contact is Ms. Laura Childs, CHAMP Coordination Coordinator, 210-977-6100,


This workshop has two major goals: First, to provide a forum for presenters, including last year’s moderators and students researching cultural heritage protection and the military, to discuss their findings. Secondly, to continue the sterling work that took place at the 2012 CHAMP workshop. (See the notes from each roundtable on the CHAMP Event link The moderators from last year have kindly agreed to moderate their same tables at the 2013 workshop. During the presentation session, they will summarize the action items from 2012 and progress made in satisfying those items throughout the year. During the roundtables, those moderators will work towards resolving all remaining action items, then developing new action items for 2013.

Participants from the 2012 and 2013 workshop should  continue working on action items from those roundtables. ANYONE with suggestions and information on ANY roundtable is encouraged to work with moderators NOW and throughout the year! Through active and ongoing planning and implementation on these action items, you can make a significant contribution to the goals of CHAMP. Furthermore, satisfaction of those action items will help to create further action items for the next year.