African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

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.

Get to know us better! "A Broad Focus on Language: An Interview with Katrina Daly Thompson," by doctoral student Kathryn Mara, has been added to her interview series.

Get to know us better! "The Strength of Plurality: An Interview with Samuel England," by doctoral student Kathryn Mara, has been added to her interview series.

Congratulations to doctoral student Bilal Humeidan! He has accepted a position as Lecturer/Program Coordinator in Arabic in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia for next year.

Get to know us better! Graduate student Kathryn Mara has launched a new project to share her interviews with faculty. The first one is with our Department Chair, Teju Olaniyan, and more are coming soon.

Looking for an African Cultural Studies class for the fall? A list of what we plan to offer is now online. We've got literature, theory, film, philosophy, music, languages, and more. Check back soon for more detailed descriptions.


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