African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

We are saddened to announce the passing of Hazel Carter, Professor Emerita, African Languages and Literature, on August 3. An accomplished linguist who studied both Kongo and Shona, she was chair from 1992 until 1995 when she retired. She was in the department for 15 years.

Our condolences to the entire Carter family. Please let us all take solace in Hazel's long service of significant contributions to the department as scholar and teacher of African languages.

More info will be forthcoming.

Learn all about what we're doing this fall!

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Join us for this talk on new developments in media throughout the African Diaspora!

Tuesday, June 7


HC White, Rm 4207

Professor Royston

Professor Daniel P. Kunene, distinquished teacher and scholar for the Department of African Languages and Literature for 33 years, passed away on Wednesday, May 27.

His full obituary can be found here.

You can also find a wonderful article detailing his life on our Facebook page.

Professor Olaniyan is featured in the podcast, Africa Past and Present! Listen to his discussion regarding African cartoonists, their origins, their struggles with censorship, as well as a description of his own website,

Listen here!

Professor Tejumola Olaniyan 

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.


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