Public Talks & Interviews

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De Degeumbéré à Alwaar : une perspective américaine sur les enseignements d’El Hadj Oumar,” Renndo Cheikh Oumar Foutiyou: Conférence de Brazzavile. L’association Renndo Cheikh Oumar Foutiyou de Brazzaville. Palais des Congrès de Brazzaville; Brazzaville, Congo, June 5, 2022.

                 

Yambo Ouologuem, Le Devoir de violence, et l’Umarian Tijaniyya,” Colloque International du Devoir de Violence aux Devoirs de la Littérature, Inauguration de la Chair des Littératures et des Arts Africains, Académie du Royuame du Maroc; Rabat, Morocco, May 17, 2022. 

Islam and West African Religions,” Panel: “Institutions, Practices, and Creativity,” at “The Palgrave Handbook of Islam in Africa Book Launch Conference,” Saturday, May 15, 2021.

74. “Yambo Ouologuem: Hommage à une plume africaine d’exception (Éditions de Philae), avec Dola Onikoyi. Paris, France. Samedi, 13 Juin 2020.

Panelist, “Léopold Sédar Senghor et la poésie de la négritude,” with Raphael Ndiaye and Mouhamadou Deme. Foundation Léopold Sédar Senghor, Djilor, Senegal, February 10, 2020.

“In Honor of Kassahun Checole and Africa World Press: Conversation with Christopher Wise on The Manuscripts of Timbuktu,” Moderators: Bode Ibironke and Carolyne Brown, Symposium: “Global Africa, Migration, and the Arts,” Humanities, Rutgers University, March 28, 2019.

Plenary Speaker, “Yambo Ouologuem’s Le devoir de violence at 50,” “Global Africa, Decolonial Praxis, and the Literary Imagination,” Symposium: “Global Africa, Migration, and the Arts,” Humanities, Rutgers University, March 28, 2019.

Yambo l’Ultime Témoignage: Téléconférence,” UBIZNEWS, Paris, France, February 28, 2019.

À la recherche de Yambo Ouologuem: La livre de la semaine – 03/03/2019,” Interview with Stéphanie Hartmann, Africa No. 1 Radio: Paris 107.5.

The Jihad of Iyad Ag Ghali,” Critical Nationalisms, Counterpublics Lecture Series, Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, January 9, 2019.

“American Studies in the Arab University: 9/11 to Azawad,” Université Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco-American Studies Program, Casablanca, Morocco, December 10, 2018.

“After Azawad: Le devoir de violence, Jihad, and Sharifan Ideology in Northern Mali,” 1968- 2018: L’Oeuvre de Yambo Ouologuem, Un Carrefour d’Écritures?”, Journées d’étude à l’Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2018.

“Al Hajj Sekou Tall and Yambo Ouologuem,” “Violence in The Islamic Public Sphere in West Africa,” at “Beyond the Islamic Public Sphere Conference,” The Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University, April 4, 2014.

“From The Sa’dian Conquest to the Ansar Dine: The Plundering of Northern Mali, Past and Present,” Walter Rodney Seminar Series, African Studies Center, Boston University & the Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, November 25, 2013.

    

Leo Africanus and The Songhay Dynasty of the Askiyas: or, the Plundering of Northern Mali, Past and Present,” for “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys,” American Library Association /National Endowment for the Humanities, Feb. 27, 2013. Wilson Library, Western Washington University.

“Kant’s Mochlos: The Destination of American Studies in Arab Universities,” Plenary Lecture 5 at “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Arab Spring and Its Implications for American Studies in Arab Universities: First Interdisciplinary American Studies Conference,” Hassan II Mohammedia/Casablanca University, Marrakech, Morocco. December 7, 2012.

Chair, Panel 8: “Reflections on the Arab Spring,” “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Arab Spring and Its Implications for American Studies in Arab Universities: First Interdisciplinary American Studies Conference,” Hassan II Mohammedia/Casablanca University, Marrakech, Morocco. December 7, 2012.

“Reflecting on Emerald Bay Ballet,” Panel: Reflections on the Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project, at “Curricular Studies in Times of Globalization: Whose Internationalization?” 11th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Curricular Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 10-13, 2012.

“Emerald Bay and the Chinese Expulsion: 125 Years Later,” with Shawn Wong, Ning Yu, and Ralph Thacker. Whatcom Museum, Sponsored by WWU, Whatcom Museum, & the Northwest Chinese Cultural Association, May 26, 2011.

“Public Forum: Revolution In Egypt and the Middle East,” Socialist Alternative, Western Washington University, February 8, 2011.

“The African Trace: Decolonizing African Concepts of the Word,” Distinguished Guest Lecturer, “2001-2011 International Studies Lecture Series,” Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, January 24, 2011.

 

“Treasures From Timbuktu: The Promise of the Askiyas,” Distinguished Guest Lecturer, “2010-2011 International Studies Lecture Series,” Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, January 24, 2011

“The Songhay Dynasty of the Askiyas,” RSP Faculty Research Presentations, Western Washington University, May 24 2007.

"The Orality-Aurality of Sahelian Writing: Teaching the West African Novel as a West African Genre," MLA Panel: "African Literary Pedagogies," 121st Annual MLA Conference, Washington D.C., December 28, 2005.

"African Historiography in the 16th Century: the Tarîkh al fettâch," BRF Faculty Presentation Series, Wilson Library, Western Washington University, May 26, 2005.

"September 11 Three Years Later: From Amman to Bellingham," University of Washington's Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, "September Project," Fairhaven Library Bellingham, Washington, September 11, 2004.

"Nyama and Heka: African Concepts of the Word," at "Verbal Performance and Visual Cultures," 30th Anniversary Conference, African Literature Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 16, 2004.

Moderator, Focus Groups, "Developing American Studies at Arab Universities: Resources, Research, and Outreach," American Studies Regional Conference (ASRC), Hosted by U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, January 24, 2004.

"Conference Recommendations," at "Developing American Studies At Arab Universities: Resources, Research, and Outreach," American Studies Regional Conference (ASRC), Hosted by U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, January 26, 2004.

"Democratizing the American Studies Classroom," at "Developing American Studies At Arab Universities: Resources, Research, and Outreach," American Studies Regional Conference (ASRC), Hosted by U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2004.

"Challenges For Developing American Studies Programs in the Middle East," at "Developing American Studies At Arab Universities: Resources, Research, and Outreach," American Studies Regional Conference (ASRC), Hosted by U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, January 25, 2004.

“Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Nativism and Representation,” “Session Two, Bonding In Difference: A Two Part Seminar,” DVC Link: Western Washington University, the University of Jordan, the World Bank, & U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan & Bellingham, Washington, May 29, 2003.

“Mary Brave Bird, Woman of Power,” “Session One, Bonding In Difference: A Two Part Seminar,” DVC Link: Western Washington University, the University of Jordan, the World Bank, & U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan & Bellingham, Washington, May 8, 2003.

“Dogs of War Still Thirsty: Teaching After The Iraq War,” [with Lee Maracle, Kristen Parris, & Rosanne Kanhai] Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, May 8, 2003.

“The Role of the Fulbright Professor,” Center For Peace Studies, University of Oklahoma: “American Studies in The Middle East” Conference, Hosted by U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan, October 23, 2002.

Panel Chair, “The State of American Studies in Jordan” [with Lara Azouqa, Noor al-Saleh, and Hala Maraqa], Center For Peace Studies, University of Oklahoma: “American Studies in The Middle East” Conference, Hosted by U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan, Oct. 23, 2002.

“Teaching In The Jordanian University,” J.A.C.E.E. (Jordanian-American Commission For Educational Exchange), Amman, Jordan, September 11, 2002.

 

“Queer Studies in the American University,” Women’s Studies Program, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, May 14, 2002.

“Deconstruction and the Palestinian Question,” Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan, May 13, 2002.

“Paul Bowles and Islam,” Ba’ath University, Homs, Syria, November 13, 2001.

“Paul Bowles and Islam,” American Cultural Center, U.S. Embassy, Damascus, Syria, November 12, 2001.

“Bowles As Translator,” African Literature Association 2001 Conference, Richmond, Virginia, April 6, 2001.

Host, “An Evening With Al Hadji Papa Suso & Thomas Hale,” Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington, November 8, 2000.

“Colloquium on Norbert Zongo,” Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, May 2, 2000.

“Key Concepts and Traditional African Society,” by El Hadjj Tall Sékou (trans. C. Wise), Panel: “Tels pères, tels fils? Sahelian Literatures at the Dawn of the 21st Century,” African Literature Association 2000 Conference, Lawrence, Kansas, April 15, 2000.

Chair, Panel "A Tribute to Norbert Zongo," African Literature Association 2000 Conference, Lawrence, Kansas, April 15, 2000.

"The Killing of Norbert Zongo: 1949-1998," Panel: "A Tribute to Norbert Zongo," African Literature Association 2000 Conference, Lawrence, Kansas, April 15, 2000.

 

"The Mobutuization of Burkina Faso," by Norbert Zongo. Translated by Christopher Wise. Read by Edgard Sankara, Panel: "A Tribute to Norbert Zongo," African Literature Association 2000 Conference, Lawerence, Kansas, April 15, 2000.

Chair, Panel on "The Sahel," African Literature Association 1999 Conference, Fez, Morocco, March 12, 1999. Participants: Thomas Hale, Georg M. Gugelberger, Joseph Paré, Albert Ouedraogo, and Christopher Wise.

"El Hadjj Tall Sékou, 1913?-1998: Collected Papers," African Literature Association 1999 Conference, Fez, Morocco, March 12, 1999.

"Bendrology Debates at the University of Ouagadougou: Problems in Maître Titinga Frédéric Pacéré's Theory of Talking Drums," African Literature Association, Austin, Texas, March 27, 1998.

"Quelques remarques sur une année à Ouagadougou," L'Association Fulbright-Humphrey, Centre Culturel Américain, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August 7, 1997.

"Walter Benjamin and the Persistence of Adamic Linguistics in Current Translation Theory," Département de traduction, Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 22, 1997.

"Malcolm X et l'Islam aux États-Unis, d'un point de vue africain," "Par dela frontières: rencontre culturelle entre les états-unis et l'afrique," U.S.Embassy, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, June 4, 1997.

19. Interlocuteur principal, session: "Afrique / Afrique-Amérique / Amérique," "Par dela frontières," U.S. Embassy, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, June 2, 1997.

"Research and Publication Opportunities in the U.S.A.," Département: F.L.A.S.H., Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: January 20, 1997.

"Yambo Ouologuem dans le postmoderne: les débats littéraires sur Le Devoir de violence depuis 1985," Vè colloque international de littérature (Réseau d'Études Littéraires Sahéliennes), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Nov. 21, 1996.

"Orientalism in Ramzi M. Salti's The Native Informant," Fifth Annual British Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, April 20, 1996.

"Resurrecting The Devil: Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Devil on the Cross and the Oral-Aural African Novel," AISA/WGC International Conference on The Sacred and The Profane, Atlanta, Georgia, October 21, 1995.

Moderator, "African Literary Representations of Sanctity and Profanity," AISA/WGC International Conference on The Sacred and The Profane, Atlanta, Georgia October 19, 1995.

"Profaning Islam: Ouologuem's Le Devoir de violence and The Postcolonial African Novel," AISA/WGC, International Conference on The Sacred and The Profane, Atlanta, Georgia, October 19, 1995.

"V.S. Naipaul and The Liquidation of African Culture," Africa 2000 Conference, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, October 13, 1995.

"Malcolm X in the Postmodern," English Department Colloquium Series, West Georgia College, Jan. 24, 1995.

"The Magical and The Sublime in V.S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River," AISA/WGC International Conference on The Hideous and Sublime, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 12, 1994.

"Ngugi wa Thiong'o and the Politics of Language in Post-colonial Africa,” Central Oregon Amnesty International: Bend, Oregon, July 10, 1994.

"Middle Eastern Perspectives on Disney’s Aladdin," Central Oregon Community College, April 30, 1994.

   

"The Muezzin’s Call: Malcolm X in the 1990s," 1994 Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference,” Lincoln City, Oregon: April 16, 1994.

"Excavating The New Republic: Post-colonial Subjectivity in Achebe's Things Fall Apart," 9th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium, "After Empire: Writing and the Choices of Displacement," University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma) March 27, 1994.

"The Agony of The Sudan," Lyceum Speech & Panel, The Global Perspectives Series, with John M. Jones, Central Oregon Community College, December 1, 1994.

"The Last Best Place: Sarajevo," Lyceum Speech & Panel, The Global Perspectives Series, with Christopher Merrill and Anessa Zaimovic, Central Oregon Community College, October 14, 1993.

"Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Petals of Blood," Central Oregon Consortium For Higher Education: Seminar on "Power and Representation," May 18, 1993.

Chair, Panel: "The West and the Appropriated Other," 1993 Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference, Bend, Oregon: April 2, 1993.

"The Politics of Ecstasy: or, The Uses and Abuses of Native American Culture in Oliver Stone’s The Doors," Panel: "Postmodernism," 1993 Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference, Bend, Oregon: April 2, 1993.