English's Christopher Wise translates new volume, 'The Manuscripts of Timbuktu'

Christopher Wise (English) was a plenary speaker at “Global Africa, Migration, Literature, and the Arts,” a symposium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 28, 2019. The symposium focused on the black diaspora experience. He spoke at a panel that was entitled “In Honor of Kassahun Checole and Africa World Press: A Conversation with Christopher Wise on The Manuscripts of Timbuktu.” In addition to honoring Kassahun Checole for his many important contributions to African studies, the session launched Wise’s recent translation of Jean Michel Dijan’s The Manuscripts of Timbuktu: Secrets, Myths, and Realities with Africa World Press (April 2019). Dijan’s book is a compilation of West African and Songhay Dynasty manuscripts, dating back to the 12thcentury. Wise also gave a second talk at the symposium entitled “Yambo Ouologuem’s Le devoir de violence at 50.”