African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

On 10 and 11 April, we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary with a day and a half with current students, distinguished alumni, former staff, faculty, faculty emeriti, and old friends. Photographs taken by current graduate student Olusegun Soetan are now up on our Facebook page.

Thompson's new course is highlighted on the Language Institute's new website.



Professor Emeritus A. Neil Skinner, age 93, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Capitol Lakes Terraces, with his wife Meg, their son Ben and his daughter Evelyn by his side.

Thanks to Skype, University of Wisconsin-Madison language students—including our own major, Kaylah Cruz-Herrera—are helping high school students in Madison and Plymouth study Arabic, a language not typically offered at the high school level in Wisconsin. Read more. And more!

The Department of African Languages and Literature (ALL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2015 in African and African diaspora cultural studies, with particular expertise in music studies.

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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