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2014-15 marks the Department of African Languages and Literature’s 50th anniversary. The year will include a number of exciting events:

  • Alumni research talks throughout the Fall
  • A festschrift symposium and celebration for Harold Scheub, 31 October
  • A graduate student conference in October, hosted by SALL
  • An alumni weekend symposium in April
  • The Towards African Cultural Studies conference in May

For details about these events and more: Read more. . .

The 2013-14 academic year has come to an end, and we'd like to recognize some of our faculty's achievements before everyone takes off for summer research and other projects. We would also like to thank these faculty for their scholarly involvement on campus, nationally, and internationally; and for bringing their experience and expertise back to the students at UW-Madison.

In Fall 2014 we will start offering Hausa gain after a few years' hiatus.  Check out the African Studies Program's course spotlight, and our own Hausa page to learn more.

Harold Scheub lecturing in 1993

Professor Harold Scheub retires this month having marked nearly one half-century as a graduate student, alumnus, and then faculty member of the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His commitment to the oral traditions of Africa is deep and well-documented. Nevertheless, it falls short of his deepest passion: bringing students to engage with those traditions and pressing students to grow intellectually. That passion kept Harold at the front of Bascom 272 for four decades.

Bongani Mbatha, Xolani Buthelezi, and Neil Kodesh share their thoughts on the life of Nelson Mandela in an article published this morning by InsideUW. Bongani and Xolani are graduate students in our department; Neil is the director of the African Studies Program and a professor of African history.

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