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Nathalie Kesler Lecture at the Millenium Gate Museum

August 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In honor of The French Delegation O.N.G Citoyenne Mondiale, the National Monuments Foundation introduces Nathalie Kesler, founder of Pangee O.N.G. Citoyenne Mondiale, to give a lecture on Olivier Giscard d’Estaing’s Universal City.

Olivier Giscard d’Estaing’s “UNIVERSAL CITY”

In the tradition of the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle and Atlanta’s 1895 Cotton States Exposition, a universal cultural center could provide a permanent framework for meetings and studies for the world’s problems.

It would be inspired by world exhibitions but distinguished by the following characteristics: Its buildings would be permanent, they would be designed, each of them on a theme, without having strictly national buildings.

Below is a proposed list. More than just exhibition venues, they would be places of activity, research, innovation, communication and application work; all countries would be offered to participate, or to choose some of them.

The themes would correspond to those of UNESCO, to which others would be added such as:

  • Culture, education, science and technology, Painting, sculpture, architecture, music, cinema, theatre
  • Environment: air, water, vegetation, human and animal life.
  • The history and geography of the planet, by region, nations and continents; rivers, mountains, seas and oceans.
  • The disasters of nature.
  • Global policies, meeting point for governmental and non-governmental organizations on international political issues.
  • Economy and society, innovation, poverty and growth, demographics and migration
  • Health, care, research, prevention
  • Security and peace; historical analysis and criticism
  • Sports and leisure

Proposed Implementation:

  • It would be beneficial to consult with a few competent authorities to gather their reactions and suggestions.
  • The project would then be more credible and could be proposed to countries that could achieve it.

Two approaches would be possible:

1. Either approach some of the most likely receptive countries

2. Either launch a global consultation as is done for world exhibitions.

Following the lecture is a Cocktail Reception.

To RSVP, email Mac Schmitz mschmitz@thenmf.org


August 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm