KC Dem Club: Bonnie Gilbert–Destruction of Cultural Artifacts

cultural destructionThis Friday’s topic is preservation of cultural and historical artifacts. Our guest speaker Bonnie Gilbert knows about the destruction of cultural and historical artifacts particularly during times of war. As a historian, she followed the destruction of antiquities in the Middle East by the Taliban, Isis and other combatants. She will discuss what constitutes cultural and historical antiquities, why acts of hostility against them are illegal, why some folks do it anyway and finally, what “war” has to do with it. She will discuss the destruction of cultural sites as a war crime.

Bonnie teaches World Civilizations and U.S. History at North Idaho College. In addition, she is the author of BUILDING FOR WAR: THE EPIC SAGA OF THE CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS AND MARINES OF WAKE ISLAND IN WORLD WAR II.

The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was adopted at The Hague (Netherlands) in 1954. It was developed in the wake of the massive destruction of cultural heritage that occurred during the Second World War. This accord is the first international treaty with a world-wide vocation. Its focus is exclusively on the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict.

The Democratic Club meets each Friday at Noon at the Iron Horse 407 Sherman Ave., CDA.

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