Public History Worldwide- Djenne, Mali

The residents of Djenne, Mali, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, struggle to find a compromise between preserving their traditional mud architecture and modernizing their buildings, all while working within the restrictions of their town’s designation and dealing with crowds of tourists.

This video from the New York Times briefly explores how these issues are playing out in Djenne, and highlights many of the same questions that Public Historians in the U.S. and elsewhere struggle to answer daily.

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/01/09/world/africa/1248069543637/the-great-mosque-of-djenn.html

About Hester

My name is Hester Goodwin and I am a Master of Arts candidate in NYU's Archives and Public History program. I graduated from University of Washington- Seattle in 2009 with a BA in History (specializing in U.S. History.) Currently, I work at NYU's Tamiment Library as an Archivist's Assistant, processing the records of the Communist Party USA, and I am an Education intern at Brooklyn Historical Society. I enjoy long walks on the beach, football, and dachshunds.
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