Earth Charter International
Streamed live on Nov 12, 2020
Wellbeing: Ecological Civilization as a World that Works for All Speakers: John Cobb, Song Li, David Korten and Sifan Jiang Moderator: Andrew Shwartz Time: 7:00pm Costa Rica, 8:00pm ET, 9:00am Beijing of 13 November This Webinar was organized as a collaborative effort between the Earth Charter International, University for Peace, Pace Center for Green Sci-Teck and Development, the Institute of Ecological Civilization, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), and the Center for Process Studies. Learn more about this webinar series: https://earthcharter.org/webinar-seri…
“The caravans, in order to cross these arid deserts, take supplies of water in water-skins carried on camels’ backs. In the land of the Sudan there are many arid deserts like this. Most of its terrain is sand that is swept by the winds, and carried from place to place, and no water is found. The land is very hot and scorching.”
—Al-Idrisi, 1154 C.E.
Across sands of time More recent material and cultural practices can sometimes provide insights into imagining the past. Medieval accounts of the Sahara offer only tantalizing bits of information about daily life in the region, and material fragments from archaeological sites offer limited additions to this picture.
Like their predecessors, artists in today’s Sahara and its hinterlands are connected to a global economy, and their works often reflect these evolving patterns. Yet, the forms, functions, and decorative patterns on even recent Saharan jewelry, leatherwork, and textiles are sometimes reflective of earlier medieval precedents.
Caravans of Gold home
Driving Desires: Gold and Salt
The Long Reach of the Sahara |
Archaeological Imagination Station: Giving Context to Fragments
Shifting Away from the Sahara
In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history.
The slave, Hartman observes, is a stranger―torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. There are no known survivors of Hartman’s lineage, no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade. Written in prose that is fresh, insightful, and deeply affecting, Lose Your Mother is a “landmark text” (Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams).
Nov 13, 2020
President Trump has only made one brief public appearance since the election was called for Joe Biden, and his Twitter feed is filled with conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud, which state elections officials have repeatedly rejected. His refusal to concede has complicated President-elect Biden’s transition, and senior Republicans have mostly aligned behind Trump or stayed silent as he continues his desperate legal campaign to overturn the election results in several key states that won Biden the presidency. New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer says Trump has a lot at stake due to the litany of lawsuits and criminal investigations he faces. “He has many reasons to be concerned,” she says. “If he leaves the White House, he’s going to lose the immunity that goes along with being president.”
Nov 18, 2020
ABOUT THE WORLD BANK GROUP The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for low-income countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.