Tolerance and inclusion are important to the functioning of liberal democracies. On May 22, 2020, Dr. Ermira Babamusta was invited as a guest speaker at The Cultural Heritage International Conference, organized and hosted by Mr. Elez Osmani of the University of Prishtina, led by Dr. Elinda Dibra, University of Shkodër "Luigj Gurakuqi". The conference took place virtually on Zoom on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Cultural Heritage as a Tool of Cultural Diplomacy Guest Speaker – Dr. Ermira Babamusta Friday, May 22, 2020
Konferenca Ndërkombëtare: “Trashëgimia Kulturore dhe identiteti si potenciale të favorshme zhvillimore”
Cultural heritage is key to strengthening the international cultural engagement. Guest speaker Dr. Ermira Babamusta discussed the role cultural heritage and identity play in our communities. In her recent book “Political Trust in Kosovo” Babamusta looks at public perceptions and how national identity, culture and politics influence political trust in Kosovo.
Ermira Babamusta discussed how cultural heritage brings value to international relations and cultural diplomacy. She highlighted the importance of Executive Order 11593 (1971) by President Richard Nixon, "Protection and enhancement of the cultural environment." Followed by UNESCO cultural heritage laws, highlighting “Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi” located in North America, on the border between Canada and the United States of America.
Ermira also shared results from her scientific research in Kosovo as well as her prior engagement in preservation of culture and identity with Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB).
Cultural heritage today faces many threats as technology advances the human desire for modern technology, while neglecting the need to protect cultural monuments of significant historic importance.
Today more needs to be done as rising conflicts threaten the preservation of cultural artifacts around the world. Cultural heritage serves as a tool of cultural diplomacy because it opens the dialogue about race, identity, history, and politics. Ideas like “tolerance” and “unity-in-diversity” cultivated in the United States, help us build a bridge over borders between the many communities, by fostering a social cohesion where similarities and differences are celebrated.
About Ermira Babamusta
Prior to her leadership position for President Obama as presidential campaign director, Dr. Babamusta began her career in foreign affairs at the U.S. Congress in Washington DC, with work experience at the United Nations in New York.
Ermira graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science and holds two MA degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. She completed the UN Diplomacy graduate program and Harvard’s “National Defense & Security” mastery program. Her Strasbourg study abroad program was in European Union Law and Institutions in France.
Ermira Babamusta is the winner of The White House President Obama’s Golden Award, Distinguished Humanitarian Award by US Congress, just to name a few. She is the author of “Political Trust in Kosovo: Exploring Cultural and Institutional Dynamics,” “The Legislative Journey of Employment Discrimination,” (#1 New Release on Amazon) and “Diplomacy and Nation Building in Kosovo,” available on Amazon, Kindle and www.nyelitepress.com.
Dr. Elinda Dibra