Today's date:
Fall 1998

America's Cultural Influence is Waning

Federico Mayor, the director general of UNESCO, met with NPQ editor Nathan Gardels in Paris in late September. The following remarks are adapted from that conversation.

Paris - I fully endorse the new global network of culture ministers put together by the Canadian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Sheila Copps. At last, there is a mechanism to do what we have been talking about for so many years: safeguarding cultural diversity against the threat of the globalized uniformity, monoculture and the dominance of the English language. This is essential because what is at stake is not the past, not monuments, but living culture and creativity.

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