On December 9, DePaul law professor Patty Gerstenblith spoke at a conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The one-day conference focused on the U.S. military’s efforts to develop cultural expertise.
While the military has made the goal of increased cultural knowledge and awareness a priority since the mid-2000s, these developments have yet to be accounted for as part of a broad interagency conversation among military and nonmilitary stakeholders. The increasing relevance of the military’s approaches to cultural challenges to the work of other government agencies and nongovernmental actors, including diplomacy, development and humanitarian relief, makes the present moment opportune for a fruitful exchange regarding the relationship of culture to security.
Professor Gerstenblith’s panel focused on Military Cultural Heritage Resource Management. A webcast of the conference is available from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.