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 and join us weekly at 206 Ingraham Hall.

SEPTEMBER 5

Fall Semester Welcome Featuring Nancy Kendall
Nancy Kendall
Incoming African Studies Program Faculty Director
University of Wisconsin-Madison


SEPTEMBER 12

“A Perspective on the ‘Forever’ Presidents of the Great Lakes Region of Africa”
Russ Feingold
United States Senator 1993-2011
U.S. Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the DRC 2013-2015


SEPTEMBER 19

“African Religion and the Haitian Revolution: The Case of Romaine-la-Prophetess”
Terry Rey
Professor and Chair of Religion
Temple University


SEPTEMBER 26

“Building Bonds for Conservation: 20 years in the Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo”
Gay Edwards Reinartz
Director of The Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative
Coordinator for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee


OCTOBER 3

“Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania and Pan Africanism in the Age of Decolonization” 
Monique Bedasse
Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies
Washington University, St. Louis


OCTOBER 10

“Development in Africa”
Roger Ervin
President and CEO, Blumont and International Relief & Development (IRD);
Former Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue; US Commercial Envoy to Africa


OCTOBER 17

“Yoko of Mendeland: Queen or Collaborator?” 
Lynda Day
Professor of Africana Studies
Brooklyn College, New York


OCTOBER 24

“Battling Illegal Timber Trade with the Xylotron”
Emmanuel Ebenyenle, Senior Research Scientist at the CSIR Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Ophilous Lambog, Kofi Abban, & Asi Ebeheakey scientists at the Timber Industry Development sector of the Forestry Commission of Ghana 


OCTOBER 31

“Zombies Speak Swahili: Language, Horror, & Area Studies”
Jamie Thomas
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Swarthmore College


NOVEMBER 7

Ambassador’s Roundtable
Ambassador Michelle Gavin
Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Ambassador Johnnie Carson
Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs


NOVEMBER 14

“Socioeconomic & Ecological Dimensions of Restoring Wildlife in Akagera National Park, Rwanda”
Adrian Treves
Professor of Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lisa Naughton
Professor of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison

 


DECEMBER 5

“Political Transitions in Ethiopia: Human Rights, Democracy, and the Politics of Hope”
Abadir Ibrahim
Human Rights Lawyer
St. Thomas University School