Africa Talks

Africa Talks is a new monthly talk series purposefully launched by the African Studies Program at UW-Madison in collaboration with the African Center for Community Development, Inc to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Africa at Noon. This year, we want to celebrate 50 years of sharing scholarships on campus by reminding our community that the work we do must extend beyond the walls of the university. Every last Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., advanced graduate student affiliates of the African Studies Program will present a one-hour talk to community members at the Community Relations office in UW South Madison Partnership (UWSMP). Read more about this partnership at Capital City Hues.

Fall 2023 Africa Talks Speaker Events

September 27th

Inaugural Talk Title: Emerging Insights from the 2023 Elections in Zimbabwe 

Time: 5 – 6:30pmLocation: The Atrium at the Village on Park, 2300 South Park Street, Madison, WI 53713 (map)

Tinashe Hofisi
Law School, UW-Madison


Tinashé Hofisi is a human rights lawyer and doctoral candidate with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. His research examines the emergence of constitutional courts in common law Africa. Tinashé was a constitutional litigator with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights for seven years and argued several cases in the Constitutional Court. He graduated with an LLM from Loyola University, Chicago and is a Mandela Washington Fellow under the Young African Leaders Initiative. He is also an IFES Manatt Fellow and an ILS Graduate Fellow. Tinashé holds certificates in Constitution-building in Africa and Strategic Human Rights Litigation from the Central European University. Since the fall of 2020, he has been a lecturer in the Centre for Law, Society and Justice, where he developed an interdisciplinary course on courts, constitutionalism and human rights.

October 25th

“Manhood today is money”: New Conceptions and Shifting Interpretations of Masculinity Among the Kuria People of Western Kenya.

Mwita Muinko
Department of African Cultural Studies, UW-Madison


Mwita is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and doctoral candidate in the department of African Cultural Studies. His research examines the relationship between language and gender, with a particular emphasis on how masculinity is constructed and expressed in an African context. He has a keen interest in auto-ethnographic methods and narrative research. He teaches both Swahili language and other Africa-related courses.

November 29th

Taking African Cartoons Seriously, Again: The Multimodal Art of  Coping with the Postcolonial Incredible

Tolulope Akinwole
Department of English, UW-Madison