SWG New York Group: UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Mali
Presented by Susan Leonard and Janet Goldner
Monday November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
(Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima)
The Birch Wathen Lenox School 210 East 77th Street Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
Please join the SWG New York Group Monday evening, November 13th for:
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mali
presented by Janet Goldner
UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Mali
In 2012, an ongoing political crisis erupted in Mali. This presentation is part of the discussion about some of the consequences of the crisis and about how the cultural heritage found in Mali is important to world culture. It is important to remember that culture is a living entity and to pay attention to the ways that Mali’s cultural heritage influences contemporary culture. Malian culture holds the keys to the resolution of this conflict and the future of Malian democracy. This is especially important to bear in mind at this trying me when solutions to the current crisis are being imposed by an international community that is unaware or not mindful of this rich cultural context and the interconnected histories of the peoples of the region.
Mali’s history extends back to ancient Djenné (a city that dates to at least 200 BCE) and to the three empires, Wagadu (Ghana), Mali, and Songhay that originated in and governed the territory that is today the Republic of Mali and more. These empires brought together many peoples and cultures. The enormous scope of the empires makes Mali a cultural source for West Africa. These traditions are carefully preserved and still transmitted from mouth to ear.
This presentation will focus on the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Djenné, Gao, Timbuktu, and Dogon to look at Mali’s rich history and better understand the crisis and how to solve it.