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.

View Spring 2017 Africa at Noon events.

View Fall 2016 Africa at Noon events.


 September 6
“Fall Semester Welcome”

Join African Studies Program staff, faculty affiliates, and students as we review exciting summer accomplishments and preview upcoming academic year events!



 September 13
“Diola Women Prophets in Colonial Senegambia”

Robert Baum
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Religion
Dartmouth College



September 20
“Beyond the Ring: Boxing, Gender, and the Fight for Cultural Heritage in Anglophone Cameroon, 1960s-1980s”

Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué
Assistant Professor of African History
Baylor University



September 27
“Professionalization Trainings in China-Africa Relations: Power-Knowledge Nexus”

Lina Benabdallah
Asssistant Professor of Politics
Wake Forest University



October 4 
“The Poetry and Activism of Micere Mugo”

Ndirangu Wachanga
Associate Professor of Communication
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater



October 11
“War, Women, and Power in Rwanda”

Marie Berry
Assistant Professor of International Studies
University of Denver



October 18
“Africa, France, and the Future: Exile in Ndjole (Gabon), ca. 1900”

Gregory Mann
Professor of History
Columbia University



October 25
“Art and Education in Apartheid South Africa” 

Daniel Magaziner
Associate Professor of History
Yale University



November 1
“Queering Withdrawls in Novels by Achmat Dangor and Rozena Maart” 

Stephanie Selvick
LGBT* Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater



November 8

NO AFRICA AT NOON – Cancelled and rescheduled for Nov. 15, 2017.


November 15

“Translating Ugandan Oral Literature for Children”

Aaron Mushengyezi
Associate Professor and Dean within School of Languages, Literature, and Communication
Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda



November 22

NO AFRICA AT NOON – Thanksgiving


November 29
Preparer la Retraite – New Age-Scripts in West African Middle Classes”

Erdmute Alber
Professor of Social Anthropology
University of Bayreuth (Germany)



December 6
“Whirling Return of the Ancestors”

Henry Drewal and Eric Ajetey Anang
University of Wisconsin-Madison



December 13

NO AFRICA AT NOON – End of Fall Semester



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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