Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 03/16/2016
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.
Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 03/10/2016
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.
Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 03/03/2016
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.
Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 01/16/2016
Congrats to graduate students and Arabic teaching assistants Bilal Humeidan, Said Hannouchi, and Sami Lamine! All three of them were selected as Honored Instructors by University Housing residents for Fall 2015.
Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 12/02/2015
Marci Kunene, wife of Professor Emeritus Daniel Kunene, wrote to the department to share news of their recent travels. She says, "My husband, at age 92, continues to amaze me. After several years of not being able to travel, Daniel and I were finally able to travel again, this time to Novato, just north of San Francisco - and had unbelievable fun with his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren for ten days - truly a love fest!"
Submitted by Katrina Daly Thompson; last updated on 10/20/2015
"Swahili inspired me to study abroad in Kenya for five months which continues to be one of the most amazing and influential experiences I've had to date. Not only was living in Kenya life-changing, but understanding Swahili and having the ability to speak it with community members was so fun and rewarding.
Ruth Ibbi and Oladipo Olagbenro of Nigeria and Ayoti Simms of Kenya have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grants to serve as teaching assistants in Hausa, Yoruba, and Swahili (respectively) and take courses at University of Wisconsin-Madison for academic year 2015-16. While in the United States, Ibbi, Olagbenro, and Simms will share their languages and cultures with U.S. communities to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad.