Monday, January 4, 2010

Legacy of Timbuktu

January brings a great opportunity to explore the history of West Africa. Come to Cameron Village Library in Raleigh, from January 23-29, and view the medieval manuscripts that made Timbuktu famous.

Read more about how you can deepen your understanding of West Africa and earn CEUs at no charge.

From the African Studies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill:

For centuries largely unknown by Europeans (and later Americans!), Timbuktu in present-day Mali was once a center of scholarship known throughout West Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. From January 23-29, 2010, there will be an important exhibit on manuscripts from Timbuktu, "The Legacy of Timbuktu," at Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh. More Details on the Exhibit

In collaboration with this exhibit, the African Studies Center is providing professional development opportunities for North Carolina teachers.

On January 26, Barbara Anderson will introduce a documentary on Timbuktu and Renaissance-era Africa, entitled "Caravans of Gold." 7:00-8:30pm at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh.

Teachers can earn up to 3 CEUs by participating in all or part of an online professional development opportunity on the Legacy of Timbuktu created by the African Studies Center. For details and materials click on "Distance Learning Teacher Training" at

In January the Center will also make available a Learning Box in support of the exhibit, "Timbuktu and the Sudanic Kingdoms of West Africa." The box includes books, maps, pictures, a video, and music. Teachers may borrow this box, free of cost, with free shipping both directions, by contacting Stacey Sewall at

For more information, please contact Barbara Anderson or Stacey Sewall in the African Studies Center.

-- Barbara Shaw Anderson
Associate Director, African Studies Center
Lecturer, Department of African and Afro-American Studies
African Studies Center, CB#7582
3027 FedEx Global Education Center
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7582
(919) 962-1406 office
(919) 843-2102 fax

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