Fall 2012 Africa at Noon Events

September 12, 2012
Health, Disease, and Healing in the Northern Great Lakes Region of Africa, ca.1500-1920: A Research Agenda

Neil Kodesh
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison


September 19, 2012
Villainous Kin and Redeeming Friends: Narratives of Enslavement and the Promise of “Computational Folkloristics” in Central African History

Kathryn M. de Luna
Department of History
Rice University

September 26, 2012

Allen Gilmore in Sizwe Banzi is Dead, directed by Ron OJ Parson at Court Theatre in Chicago, IL. Photo: Michael Brosilow

Role-playing in Antigone and Africa: Can we read Sophocles through Sizwe?

Sarah Nooter
Assistant Professor of Classics
University of Chicago

October 3, 2012
Strengthening Peace and Security in Africa: The Next 20 Years

Ambassador John L. Hirsch
International Peace Institute



October 10, 2012
When Should a Wedding be White?

Natasha Erlank
Department of Historical Studies
University of Johannesburg.



October 17,2012
The Convergence of Formal and Informal Economic Institutions: Susu in Ghana

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang
Postdoctoral Researcher, Agricultural & Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison


October 24,2012
Informal Settlement Upgrading: Notions of Modernity vs Community Empowerment

Neil Klug
School of Architecture and Planning
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


October 31, 2012
The evolution of women economic status in the Lake Chad region since the 19th century

Djanabou Bakary
Lecturer, Department of History
University of Maroua, Cameroon


November 7, 2012
Good Liberals, Bad Liberals: Problems of Complicity in South Africa

Teresa Barnes
Associate Professor
Departments of History, and Gender/Women’s Studies
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


December 5, 2012
Politics and the Urban Experience in Post colonial West African Literature

Gbemisola Adeoti
English, Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile-Ife, Nigeria