African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

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.

It's official! As of 1 July 2016, we will be the Department of African Cultural Studies.

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.

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!"

"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.

Alumna Meg Skinner talks with Professor Dustin Cowell at the 50th Anniversary Alumni Weekend
Image caption: Alumna Meg Skinner talks with Professor Dustin Cowell at the 50th Anniversary Alumni Weekend

Alumna Meg Skinner invites you to join her and family for a Memorial Service/Celebration of life for the late A. Neil Skinner, her husband and long-retired professor of African Languages and Literature.


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