Janet Goldner’s slide lecture focused on the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Djenné, Gao, Timbuktu, and Dogon to look at Mali’s rich history.
In 2012, an ongoing political crisis erupted in Mali. This presentation discusses some consequences of the crisis and how Mali’s cultural heritage is important to world culture. Malian culture holds the keys to the resolution of this conflict and the future of Malian democracy. This is especially important since solutions are being imposed by an international community that is not mindful of the rich cultural context and the interconnected histories of the peoples of the region.