University of Wisconsin–Madison

Africa at Noon

Every Wednesday at noon — since 1973! — African Studies Program faculty, students, and community members have gathered for AFRICA AT NOON, a one-hour weekly lecture series bringing diverse African research from scholars around the world to a campus and community audience.

Complimentary coffee and tea is routinely served and bagged lunch is welcome. Check out the full spring 2018 line up below.

JANUARY 24

“Gallery Tour, Part I: Whirling Return of the Ancestors”
Henry Drewal
Evjue-Bascom Professor, African and African Diaspora Art History
University of Wisconsin-Madison


JANUARY 31

“Africa’s First Failed Asylum Seeker? The Tragic Plight of Dugmore Boetie and the Exilic Geographies of Sharpeville”
Benjamin N. Lawrance
Professor, History
University of Arizona


FEBRUARY 7

“Cranes: Flagships for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Africa”
Richard Beilfuss
President & CEO
International Crane Foundation


FEBRUARY 14

“Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: A Case Study of Ghana, Globalization and Cocoa”
Steve Wallace
Founder and President
The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company


FEBRUARY 21

“The Meanings of Matrimonial Expenditures in Egypt: Enactments of Class and Gender”
Rania Salem
Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Toronto


FEBRUARY 28

The Deep History of 419: Law and Crime in the Nigerian Civil War”
Samuel Childs Daly
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies
Duke University

 

 


MARCH 7

“An African Imagination: The Spirit Work of Yi Fi Fi and the Mandingo Warriors
Bruce Barnes and Rachel Breunlin
Big Sunpie Northside Skull and Bones Gang

 

 


MARCH 14

“Shaky Deals?: Domestic/Diasporan Agro-Investors and Tensions Between Developmentalism and Neopatrimonialism in Ethiopian Land Concessions”
Sarah Stefanos
PhD Candidate and Recipient of the 2017 Jordan Prize
University of Wisconsin-Madison


MARCH 21

“Why Africa Matters to U.S. National Security
Grant Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Harris Africa Partners LLC


MARCH 28

NO AFRICA AT NOON – SPRING RECESS


APRIL 4

“Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid”
Louise Meintjes
Associate Professor, Music
Duke University

 


APRIL 11

Portrait of Rural Egyptian Women: Peaceful Voices from Siwa Oasis, Upper Egypt and Nubia
Manal Kabesh
Associate Professor of Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Curriculum Development and Methods of Teaching
National Center for Educational Research and Development in Cairo, Egypt

 

 


APRIL 18

“The Many Africas of the Grey Parrot
Nancy Jacobs
Professor, History
Brown University

 


APRIL 25

NO AFRICA AT NOON


MAY 2

NO AFRICA AT NOON – LAST DAY OF CLASSES