Submitted by Toni Landis; last updated on 12/15/2017
This year’s theme, Shifting Epistemologies: Movements, Institutions and Ideas in Africa, invites participants to reflect on election, migration, resistance and innovation trends that have taken shape on the continent and in the African diaspora. Abstracts due 12 Feb. In recent years, the continent and world at large has experienced a wave of migration and African local and national boarders shoulder the responsibility of accepting most of those who flee their homes and communities.
Submitted by Toni Landis; last updated on 12/12/2017
Third-year PhD student Kathryn Mara has been elected as a Great Lakes regional delegate in the Modern Language Association. During her tenure (2018-2021), she will be expected to represent the professional interests and concerns of her colleagues, and participate in meetings of the Delegate Assembly at the annual conventions of January 2019 (Chicago), January 2020 (Seattle), and January 2021 (Toronto). Congratulations, Kathryn!
Submitted by Toni Landis; last updated on 11/27/2017
On November 18, Oluwayinka Arawomo, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for the Department of African Cultural Studies, hosted a table at the International Festival organized by University Apartments in honor of International Education Week. Yinka displayed traditional Yoruba items such as horsetail, 'sekere' - a gourd decorated with a net of beads, and traditional attire. Members of the community were delighted to wear the attire, and kids had fun playing with the horsetail and 'sekere'.
Submitted by Toni Landis; last updated on 11/10/2017
The Royal Air Maroc-African Studies Association Student Travel Award aims to facilitate and increase the movement of students and the exchange of ideas, between students of African Studies in Africa and the United States. The overarching aim of the award is to acknowledge outstanding scholarship by future African Studies scholars.
Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 11/06/2017
Our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) continue to be active in the community, sharing their languages and cultures with Wisconsin. The PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) event, which took place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Monona Terrace, featured a presentation by Nigerian FLTA Oluwayinka Arawomo ("Yinka") on the "Yoruba People: What our Traditional Wears 'Trads' Say about Us". The high school students learned about the Yoruba traditional attires and some wore them as 'Yoruba Models'.