Harold Scheub Celebration and Remarks

Photo of Harold Scheub

On October 31, 2014, the Department of African Languages and Literature celebrated the life and legacy of Harold Scheub with a symposium and luncheon. The afternoon included remarks from friends, colleagues, and alumni, poetry, and the screening of a short film inspired by Harold's career.

Oral Tradition & Pop Culture Symposium

After 43 years of passionate and dedicated work, Harold Scheub, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Humanities, announced his retirement at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.

Professor Scheub’s career will be celebrated with a Festschrift symposium featuring scholars influenced by his work. A light breakfast will be served.

Friday, October 31, 2014
8:00am – 12:00pm
1820 Van Hise Hall

Reception
An afternoon reception will follow including remarks from friends, colleagues, and alumni and a screening of a short film inspired by Scheub’s career.

1:00pm-2:30pm
1820 Van Hise Hall

Department Job Opening for Tenure-track Assistant Professor

The Department of African Languages and Literature (ALL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2015 in African and African diaspora cultural studies, with particular expertise in music studies.

Celebrating Fifty Years

2014-15 marks the Department of African Languages and Literature’s 50th anniversary. The year will include a number of exciting events:

  • Alumni research talks throughout the Fall
  • A festschrift symposium and celebration for Harold Scheub, 31 October
  • A graduate student conference in October, hosted by SALL
  • An alumni weekend symposium in April
  • The Towards African Cultural Studies conference in May

For details about these events and more: Read more. . .

Kaylah Cruz-Herrera ('16) profiled in Africa in Our Lives interview series

Kaylah Cruz-Herrera

Kaylah Cruz-Herrera, and undergraduate double-major in African Languages and Literature and Gender & Women’s Studies, was recently profiled in the Africa in Our Lives interview series. Read the interview to hear about her scholarly inspirations, her experiences studying Arabic in Morocco and Oman, and her advice to students interested in study abroad.

Faculty Achievements in 2013-14

The 2013-14 academic year has come to an end, and we'd like to recognize some of our faculty's achievements before everyone takes off for summer research and other projects. We would also like to thank these faculty for their scholarly involvement on campus, nationally, and internationally; and for bringing their experience and expertise back to the students at UW-Madison.

Professor Harold Scheub retires this month

Harold Scheub lecturing in 1993

Professor Harold Scheub retires this month having marked nearly one half-century as a graduate student, alumnus, and then faculty member of the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His commitment to the oral traditions of Africa is deep and well-documented. Nevertheless, it falls short of his deepest passion: bringing students to engage with those traditions and pressing students to grow intellectually. That passion kept Harold at the front of Bascom 272 for four decades.

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Bongani Mbatha, Xolani Buthelezi, and Neil Kodesh share their thoughts on the life of Nelson Mandela in an article published this morning by InsideUW. Bongani and Xolani are graduate students in our department; Neil is the director of the African Studies Program and a professor of African history.

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