Africa at Noon on November 2, 2016

“Conversations – On the Rwandan Genocide Cartoons: Propaganda, Pleasure, Evil, Interest”

Tejumola Olaniyan
Professor, Department of African Cultural Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Isaac Kabera
Assistant Greenhouse Manager, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Location

12:00 pm, 2016 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI


What is the role of mass propaganda in the commission of mass-scale evil such as genocide? If the latter is impossible without the former, and pleasure and the pleasurable are at the heart of every successful propaganda, does it mean that pleasure and evil have a relationship? What is the name of that relationship?


Tejumola Olaniyan

Tejumola Olaniyan is Louise Durham Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, and Chair of the Department of African Cultural Studies. He runs the most comprehensive encyclopedia of African cartoons on the web:

Issac Kabera

Isaac Kabera received his PhD in Forestry from UW Madison in 2000. He is currently Assistant Greenhouse Manager in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). He was previously National Director of Forest Research in Rwanda from 1992-1994, and Coordinator of Natural Forest Research Program at the Rwandan Agricultural Research Institute from 1985-1994.