Africa at Noon

A weekly Wednes­day event since 1973

Bring your lunch and enjoy com­pli­men­tary tea, and cof­fee from Madison’s local roaster Just Cof­fee.

All events start at 12:00pm
206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

This series is free and open to the public.



Olaniyan photoSeptember 4

Africa and the Eighteenth-Century: The Challenge of the Archive

Teju Olaniyan
Professor, African Languages and Literature and English
University of Wisconsin-Madison



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The One and the Many: Individual and Collective in Congolese Popular Music

John Nimis
Assistant Professor, African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison



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Preserving African Commemorative Fabrics: The Cloth Endures

Emilie Songolo
Senior Academic Librarian, Memorial Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Melissa McLimans
Digital Resources Librarian
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Larkin Image (found on internet)September 25

State Aesthetics: Nollywood, 419, and the Forms of Corruption

Brian Larkin
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Barnard College



Filippello photoOctober 2

Writing on the Road: Identity Formation and Place-Making in Post-Colonial Dahomey and Benin

Marcus Filippello
Assistant Professor, History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



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Global Health and Africa

Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy
United Nations Foundation



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The Marabout (Murabit) as Public Healer: The Cosmology of Corporeality and the Islamic Body Politic in Morocco

Ellen Amster
Associate Professor, History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



Thompson_Oct23October 23

Swahili Talk about Supernatural Sodomy: Intertextuality, the Obligation to Tell, and the Transgression of Norms in Coastal Tanzania

Katrina Thompson
Associate Professor, African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Turner PhotoOctober 30

From the Ground Up: Social History, Land Quality and Inequality in Southwestern Niger

Matthew Turner
Professor, Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Matthew Mitchell photoNovember 6

Rethinking the Migration-Conflict Nexus: Insights from the Cocoa Regions in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana

Matthew Mitchell
Postdoctoral Fellow, Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Weiskopf PhotoNovember 13

‘For the Benefit of the Whole Nation’: Framing Tanzania’s Moyowosi Game Reserve as Nationalist and Local Resource

Julie Weiskopf
Assistant Professor, History
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse



November 20




November 27




MonroviaSceneDecember 4

A Film Never Made: History, Science, and Memory in Liberia

Gregg Mitman
Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor, History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Janzen PictureJanuary 22

Caribbean Colonizers and Diasporic Imaginaries in the French Empire, 1880-1960

Philip Janzen
Graduate Student, History
University of Wisconsin-Madison



January 29

Project 1808: A GLocal School- University -Community Partnership Education Model for Sustainable Livelihood in Rural Sierra Leone

alhaji21Alhaji Njai
PhD Scientist, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati and Research Fellow
Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison



linda1Linda Vakunta
PhD Candidate
Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison




Gomez-pictureFebruary 5

“Because your Kings live longer:” West-African Diplomacy and Health Exchanges in the Seventeenth Century Iberian Atlantic

Pablo Gomez
Assistant Professor, Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin-Madison



PernilleFebruary 12
Koko’s Daughters. Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast during the Atlantic Slave Trade

Pernille Ipsen
Assistant Professor,  History and Gender & Women’s Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Myers photoFebruary 19
Remaking the edges: Sub-Saharan Africa’s New Suburbs

Garth Myers
Professor,  Urban International Studies
Trinity College




February 26
A Look at Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Plan

Paul Block
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison



Harrow_imageMarch 5
African Cinema: Troubling the (Cinematic World) Order

Kenneth Harrow
Professor, English
Michigan State University



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Flywhisks, Catastrophe Logic, and Colonial Nervousness in the Congo

Nancy Rose Hunt
Professor, History
University of Michigan



bablu ayeMarch 26
Healing Fate: A Feast For Lazarus-Babalu-Aye in Contemporary Central Cuba

Todd Ochoa
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
University of North Carolina



headshot_editApril 2
Genetic Indeterminism in Africa: The Politics of Fluid Science

Duana Fullwiley
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Stanford University

This Africa at Noon event has been CANCELLED.



photoApril 9
Shackles of Various Kinds: marriage, slavery, and shame in late nineteenth century Gold Coast Colony and Protectorate

Trevor Getz
Professor, History
San Francisco State University



Photo_Livingston1April 16
Figuring the Tumor: Self, Objectivity and Photography of Advanced Cancer

Julie Livingston
Professor, History
Rutgers University



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Burning Truth. Testimony, Transition, and Gacaca Trials in Rwanda

Bert Ingelaere
Postdoctoral Research Fellow-FWO
University of Antwerp/KU Leuven, Belgium



April 30

Climate Change and Biodiversity in Africa’s Deepest Lake

201307222586JBPeter McIntyre
Assistant Professor, Zoology
University of Wisconsin-Madison



201307222766JBBen Kraemer
Graduate Student, Zoology
University of Wisconsin-Madison





For­merly known as Sand­wich Sem­i­nar, this weekly lec­ture series brings Africa research in any dis­ci­pline, whether fin­ished or con­tin­u­ing, to an audi­ence of fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents, and the com­mu­nity in a relaxed setting. The African Studies Program invites speak­ers from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin fac­ulty and staff, from the fac­ul­ties of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties around the world, and occa­sion­ally from among our grad­u­ate stu­dents, inde­pen­dent schol­ars, and per­sons work­ing in gov­ern­ment, foun­da­tions, char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions, and the pri­vate sector.

Lists of past Africa at Noon events

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