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Transcendent Kingdom Flash Talks

September 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Time: 12pm CT, 5pm UTC


Join Ainehi Edoro (English), Samuel England (African Cultural Studies), Sandra Adell (Afro-American Studies), Yaa Oparebaa Ampofo (Educational Policy Studies), and Unifier Tshimangadzo Dyer (African Cultural Studies), for a series of flash-talks that explore some of the main themes in Transcendent Kingdom, the 2021-22 Go Big Read book. The themes include race, immigration, science, faith, and family.


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Sandra Adell is a literature professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has published books and articles on African American literature. Her most recent publication is Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Plays (University of Illinois Press, December 2015). In 2010 she published a memoir titled CONFESSIONS OF A SLOT MACHINE QUEEN, which examines the devastating effects casino gambling is having on women from a very personal perspective.




Photo of Yaa AmpofoYaa Oparebea Ampofo is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in comparative and international education. Her research interests lie at the intersection of education decolonization, environmental studies, and sustainable development discourses. She is particularly interested in thinking through and within alternative and subaltern ecological frameworks of planetary health and her research compares the narratives, representations, and practices of environmental and sustainability education across indigenous, religious, and Western-scientific discursive spaces in Ghana. Her work seeks to address how these different frameworks conceptualize human-environment interdependencies, socio-environmental change, and responsibilization, with a focus on their capacities to capture the broad public imagination and influence public policy. Her goal is that such research may deepen our understanding of environmental and sustainability education and create opportunities for new and powerful educational approaches to realizing sustainable human and planetary well-being.


Photo of Unifier DyerUnifier Tshimangadzo Dyer is a doctoral student in the Department of African Cultural Studies. Their research interest is in Indigenous Knowledge Systems in contemporary literature and creative works on and by women. They completed their MA in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa focused on Apartheid literature and silence as a weapon of self-affirmation. Their thesis was titled “The Paradoxes of Silenced Trauma in Mongane Wally Serote’s To Every Birth Its Blood.” Before joining the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Uni was research associate at the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship at University of Pretoria, South Africa, where they worked on the concept of Ubuntu and published on this moral philosophy. Uni is co-editor with James Ogude of the critical anthology Ubuntu and the Everyday (2019). They have been Principal Instructor for The African Storyteller (online course) for the last two years, taught Introduction to African Literature, and Popular Media in Africa: Onisha Market Literature and Little Magazines.


Photo of Ainehi EdoroAinehi Edoro is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she teaches and researches on African literature, political theory, and literature in social media. Edoro is the founder and Editor of Brittle Paper, a leading online platform dedicated to African writing and literary culture. Her current book project is titled “Forest Imaginaries: How African Novels Think.” She also writes essays and commentaries about contemporary African literary culture in mainstream publications such as The Guardian and Africa is a Country.




Photo of Samuel EnglandSamuel England is an associate professor of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His first experience in Arabic was in 1984, when he moved as a child from the USA to Egypt. Since those two early years living in a town near Cairo, he has been curious about the language and culture. Bilingual education wasn’t as popular then as it is now, sadly, but becoming a fan of Egypt instilled in him a desire to eventually speak the language of the people around him. He began formally studying Arabic as an undergraduate—long after returning stateside, which gave him the opportunity to once again live in the Middle East and, eventually, to conduct advanced study of Arabic literature. The academic interests he has developed along the way include Classical poetry, the lyric tradition, literature dealing with the Crusades, and modern fictional treatments of the Middle Ages.


September 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm