W. A. Brown Lecture

The annual W. A. Brown Lecture on West African History is presented in collaboration with the Department of History. The William Allen Brown Lecture has been endowed generously by the students, colleagues, friends, and family of Bill Brown. Bill Brown earned a Ph.D. in History at the UW-Madison and was a professor in West African history at the UW-Madison for more than 30 years.

Islamic Modernism and the Public Sphere in Northern Nigeria, 1940s-1960s

Alexander Thurston
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Cincinnati

Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 12 p.m.
Mark H. Ingraham Hall, Room 206
1155 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI 53706



Imperial Shadows

Gregory Mann
Associate Professor, Department of History
Columbia University

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:00pm
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706



Looking Back for the Way Forward from Nigeria

Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa
University of Port Harcort

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7:00pm
Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

This talk was presented as a keynote lecture at the 50/FORWARD conference.


Remembering William Allen Brown: Africanist Outliers and Different Roads Taken to Wisconsin

Adell Patton, Jr.
Professor, Department of History
University of Missouri-Saint Louis

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Main Lounge, Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI

Read Adell Patton’s remembrance of Bill Brown here.


Dying Muslim in Ghana: Death as an Intellectual and Social Practice in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Sean Hanretta
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Stanford University

4:00pm, April 20, 2010
Fluno Center Auditorium
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI


Indigenous Interpretations of History in West Africa before 1800

Paul Lovejoy
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History
York University

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
University Club
803 State Street
Madison, WI