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Recent graduate Rebecca Mandich was selected to receive a 2018 Teaching Assistant Award.  During the fall 2018 semester, she served as instructor for African 331: First Semester Swahili.

To recognize the excellence of TAs across campus, the Graduate School supports the College of Letters & Science to administer awards each year for exceptional teaching by graduate students. UW–Madison employs more than 2,000 TAs across a wide range of disciplines. Their contributions to the classroom, lab, and field are essential to the university’s educational mission.

Wishing you a safe, happy, healthy, holiday season!

UW's Holiday Wish in Many Languages

Over the weekend, CNN aired its 12th annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."  The show focused on the contributions of African Cultural Studies undergraduate major Max Bobholz, along with four other extraordinary young people who are "making a difference in their communities and far beyond."

Bobholz, a first year student at UW, started the non-profit, Angels at Bat when he was just 12 years old.  Since then, he has made several trips to Kenya, delivering baseball equipment to children in need.

Assistant Professor Matthew Brown's essay, "Nollywood Comedies and Visa Lotteries: Welfare States, Borders, and Migration as Random Invitation" was recently published in African Migration Narratives.

The collection of essays, "Examines the representations of migration in African literature, film, and other visual media, with an eye to the stylistic features of these works as well as their contributions to debates on migration."

African Cultural Studies Students Association

Call for Papers: Due January 31, 2019

Day-Long Conference: April 11, 2019

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards have been announced. The award was established in 2017 to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The 31 shortlisted pieces reflect the state of contemporary African literary culture. The wide range of themes and subject matter explore questions of history, race, power, privilege, music, photography, and more. The list also shows contemporary African writers exploring new forms of writing and adapting literary discourse to the challenges of digital culture and technology.

Professor of Gender & Sexuality in African Cultural Studies

Ph.D student Kathryn Mara was selected to participate in the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID. Fellows are expected to spend time at the institute and to develop and maintain mechanisms for ensuring meaningful intellectual discussions with one another (e.g., through scheduled, weekly meetings) and with other students, fellows and faculty in WID. A major responsibility of fellows is to arrange activities (e.g., seminars, exhibitions, performances) for the campus community. Learn more about this unique opportunity!

Learn more about Associate Professor Samuel England's new book and his research interests!

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