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Our heritage is wealth: Professor Henry Fraser at TEDxBridgetown

Senator Professor Emeritus Henry Fraser, retired Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Founding Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre of the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, is author of some 110 medical and scientific papers, ten books on heritage and architectural history, two TV series Treasures of Barbados and Pillars of Worship, and a Sunday columnist for many years (Sunday Sun five years, Barbados Advocate three).

He has had parallel careers in Architectural History and as writer, artist, public orator and TV presenter. He is past President of the Barbados National Trust, chaired the Task Force for the nomination of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage site,

Cultural Heritage Protection: Erik Blaney at TEDxPowellRiver Erik Blaney, coordinator of Tla’amin First Nation’s Guardian Watchmen program. The Guardian Watchmen program was started in 2006 as a strategy to monitor natural resources in their traditional territory. It then expanded to include archaeological site protection in 2012 which began to monitor registered sites, then expanded to non-registered sites. Erik accompanies youth on canoe trips to the ancient Tla’amin village sites where they spend the days listening to the echoes of the past.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield – Roerich Pact

The first convention dedicated exclusively to the protection of cultural property in times of war, the ‘Roerich Pact’ (15 April 1935), began as a private initiative by Nicholas Roerich, a Russian artist born on October 9, 1874, in St. Petersburg, whose passion for the protection of cultural property was sparked by the neglect of ancient monuments he witnessed during a visit to Russia in 1903-1904. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1904 he began the development of proposals for an international pact for the protection of educational, scientific and artistic institutions and missions.

With the Red Cross as his model,

UNESCO exhibition The Roerich Pact – 2012

The Roerich Pact: the past and the present

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Five days to discover the career and the commitment to peace and protection of cultural heritage of Nicolas Konstantinovitch Roerich (1874 -1947), Russian humanist, painter, writer, archaeologist.

This exhibition, organized by the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR), traces the life of Nicolas Roerich, his commitment through the history of the Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace, and twenty years activity of the Center dedicated to the promotion of the Pact.

The inauguration of the exhibition is scheduled at 6 p.m.,

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Roerich Pact – Wikipedia

The Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments or Roerich Pact is an inter-American treaty. The most important idea of the Roerich Pact is the legal recognition that the defense of cultural objects is more important than the use or destruction of that culture for military purposes, and the protection of culture always has precedence over any military necessity.

The Roerich Pact

In 1929 Roerich in collaboration with Paris University professor G.G. Shklyaver prepared a draft of an international treaty dedicated to protection of cultural values.

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ICRC Treaties – Roerich Pact

Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments (Roerich Pact). Washington, 15 april 1935.

Provision was made for the special protection of cultural property in earlier treaties, particularly in Article 27 of the Hague Regulations of 1899 and 1907 and Article 5 of the Hague Convention (IX) concerning Bombardment by Naval Forces in Time of War of 1907. These provisions make it the duty of the inhabitants to indicate cultural property by distinctive signs. Further provisions were included in the Hague Rules of Air Warfare of 1922/23, especially in Articles 25 and 26.

Following a suggestion made by Professor Nicholas Roerich,

The power of culture in a global society: Discover your cultural heritage | Nahomi Aso| TEDxTohoku

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As an exchange student at a high school in the United States, Nahomi Aso had an experience that left a lasting impact on her life. As our world becomes globalized, there’s an increasing demand for strong communication skills. But is it just communication skills that we need in order to thrive in an international environment? Nahomi shares her insights into what’s truly important for us, and the cultural identity we should embrace.

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