George Clooney in Monuments Men: Is Art Worth Dying For?
Cultural Heritage

George Clooney in Monuments Men: Is Art Worth Dying For?

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Art exposes the best and most fragile qualities of man in the very moment of war. The nexus to choose between humanity and visceral destruction beyond death, ruination. Leaders and individuals have the choice to save art, steal art or simply shatter art beyond identity. The destroyers are known, The…

Escape to the Magical Le Pereyrol Estate, Cevennes, Southern France
Cultural Heritage / Travel / Yoga

Escape to the Magical Le Pereyrol Estate, Cevennes, Southern France

Escape to the heart of Cevennes, southern France for a mini-retreat to restore, refresh the spirit at the newly opened Le Pereyrol Estate. As though a magical veil is lifted – the proprietors Angelique and Dominique of Le Pereyrol Estate invite quests to experience the tranquility, gourmet meals, luxury spa services and nature trails, castles and enchanting legends. Continue reading

Greece: Mini-Learning Vacations for Cultural Heritage Professionals
Cultural Heritage / Greece

Greece: Mini-Learning Vacations for Cultural Heritage Professionals

Interested in a unique authentic learning vacation in a small Greek village surrounded by olive trees, history and culture?

Cultural heritage professionals are joining to learn best practices, techniques and share expertise at the DIADRASIS seminar in Gatzea, Pellon, Greece – approximately four – five hours outside of Athens along the coastline – at the Olive Musuem for a long weekend in August and again for a week longer session in September. Continue reading

Athena Rises: Social Media & the Campaign to Reunify the Parthenon Sculptures
Antiquity / Art / Cultural Heritage / Greece / Innovation

Athena Rises: Social Media & the Campaign to Reunify the Parthenon Sculptures

The Acropolis invokes the power of Athena, the goddess of war, wisdom, law and justice, science and art. A monument that universally represents cultural heritage and democracy. At it’s most vulnerable moment and on a scale never before seen, the temples of the Acropolis experienced shocking destruction and brazen theft, casting a shadow that waits to be lifted when justice is delivered.

Yet, perhaps, with patience, calculations and tactics that would even make Sun Tzu blush and bow in honor, the warrior spirit of Athena rises again. This time, Athena wields a just swift sword in the form of social media. Continue reading

Monuments Men: Is Art Worth Dying For?
Art / Cultural Heritage / International

Monuments Men: Is Art Worth Dying For?

Art exposes the best and most fragile qualities of man in the very moment of war. The nexus to choose between humanity and visceral destruction beyond death, ruination. Leaders and individuals have the choice to save art, steal art or simply shatter art beyond identity.

Robert Edsel, author of Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasurers from the Nazis and Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (George Cluny film of the same name) is the clarion in the dark recognizing and honoring the men and women who served in the Allied forces during World War II to preserve and protect European cultural treasurers.
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Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures in the Age of Social Media
Antiquity / Art / Cultural Heritage / Greece / International / Leaders & People

Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures in the Age of Social Media

During the occupation of Athens by the Ottoman Empire, over 50% of the Parthenon sculptures were taken by questionable or unscrupulous means by then Ambassador and Lord Elgin for his home in Scotland that were later purchased by the British Parliament for the British Museum.

The International Organizing Committee – Australia – for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (IOC-A-RPM) will host a two day second International Colloquy Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship beginning on November 15, 2013 at the University of Sydney Nicholson Museum that will concentrate the dialogue in four areas: education, economy, activism and litigation. A call for papers and expert speakers is open until July 31, 2013.

Why now? What are the key points to ensure the return of the Parthenon sculptures?
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