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Congratulations to Bilal Humeidan and Said Hannouchi, who both successfully defended their dissertations this week!

Please join us in congratulating Professor Katrina Daly Thompson who has been promoted to Full Professor!

In addition to her work as Core Faculty Member for the Second Language Acquistion program, Professor Thompson is our Director of Graduate Studies, among many other responsiblities.

Professor El Nossery writes an article for Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal!

Read it here!

Read Professor Songolo's article published in the Wisconsin State Journal this weekend!

You'll find it here!

Learn more about what our faculty and graduate students have been working on over the past academic year, from motion pictures to revolution; courtly duels to political cartoons; soccer to intimacy; television to trauma; courtly duels to friendship. Our geographical focus is equally diverse, including Nigeria, Egypt, Iraq, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and more.

Professor Sam England invited archeologist Amy Rosebrough of the Wisconsin Historical Society to speak to his students taking African 201.

The goal was to introduce the significance of local history and its connection to global experiences.

Learn more here!

Please help us welcome Toni Landis into her new role as Senior Advisor!

Toni received her BA in English from right here at UW-Madison and went on to complete her MA from State University of New York – Stony Brook. She joins both our department and CANES (Classics and Near Eastern Studies) with over 15 years of advising and student coordination experience within the UW System, most recently as an Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Certificate Coordinator in the Department of Political Science, where she assisted over 850 students annually. 

Next week Saturday in Atlanta, GA., Professor Aliko Songolo will be honored by the African Literature Association (ALA) as Distinguished Member.  This is a highly prestigious award given once a year—and only one per year—to an outstanding senior member for “long and meritorious service” to the organization and for dedication to the “promotion of teaching and research in African literatures.”

Department Chair Teju Olaniyan recently spoke  at a conference on African and Middle Eastern Political Cartoons at Michigan State University, at the invitation of our alum Sadam Heider Hmaidan, who graciously shared this video of Teju's talk, "'Them Damned Pictures': Explorations in African and Middle Eastern Political Cartoons." Enjoy!

Get to know us better! "Reading Different Kinds of Things: An Interview with Matthew H. Brown," by doctoral student Kathryn Mara, has been added to her interview series.

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