African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

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.

Gordon Dining and Event Center, Concerto Room

Meet alum Kate Thornborough who graduated in 2013 with majors in African Languages & Literature and French.

She will be participating in International Education Week's Alumni Career Mentoring event on Thursday, Nov. 16 beginning at 6pm.

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Read Kate's bio and more about the event.

Read all about our Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, Ryma Azzouz.

Learn about her passion for teaching and cultural exchange!

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'.

Learn more about ACS's newest faculty member!

Assistant Professor Reginold Royston discusses his academic interests and his journey to UW-Madison.

Read all about it!

Congratulations to one of our most recent graduates, Pamela Kimario, who earned her MA with pedagogy focus in May. Pamela will begin teaching Swahili at the University of Georgia in Fall 2017.

Learn more about Alibaba, and why you should study Hausa with us next year.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology has awarded graduate student Kevin Wamalwa the Arvin B. Weinstein Prize in Anthropology in recognition of his academic achievements. This award includes funds enabling him to conduct preliminary research in Kenya this summer for his project, "Scarred Memories: Personal Memory Violence and Practices of Naming in Mt. Elgon Region of Kenya."  

Kevin is earning a dual degree in Anthropology and African Languages and Literature.

The Department of African Cultural Studies is proud to recognize the first class of graduate students that has successfully completed the Master of Arts with a focus in pedagogy.

Pamela Kimario, Ahmad Muezzin, and Nandipa Sipengane were admitted in fall of 2015 to a new program designed to prepare future college-level instructors of African languages and directors of African language programs to think critically and knowledgeably about the teaching of African languages and to train and supervise teachers of African languages. 

Tarek Ziadna has won an African Studies Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award to support collection of data for his dissertation, "French Loanwords in Algerian Arabic." Congratulations, Tarek!



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