Fall 2015 Africa at Noon Events

September 9

New Perspectives on Oral Traditions in History

Jan Vansina
Professor of Emeritus, History and Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 16

Peeling the Layers of Congo’s Conflict: Understanding the Past and Present of Armed Mobilization

Jason Stearns
Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University
Director, Congo Research Group for the Center on International Cooperation

September 23

Democratization and Hegemonic Presidency in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Hopes and Challenges

Hubert Kabasu Babu Katulondi
Independent African Writer

September 30

Conversations: The African Diaspora in the Caribbean

Matt Childs
Associate Professor, History
University of South Carolina

Jim Sweet
Professor, History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 7

The Politics of Chineseness in South Africa: From the Apartheid Years to 2014

Yoon Jung Park
Adjunct Associate Professor, African Studies
Georgetown University

 October 14

Conversations: Boko Haram in Nigerian Cartoons

Jimga Jimoh Ganiyu
Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University
University of Lagos, Nigeria

Teju Olaniyan
Professor, African Languages & Literature and English
University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 21

Imaginary Representations of Space through Sound and Soccer in West African Cinema

Vlad Dima
Assistant Professor, French and Italian
University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 28

The African HipHop Movement: Youth Culture and Democracy in Senegal

Damon Sajnani
Assistant Professor, African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 4

Conversations: Fantasy Coffin Tradition and Innovation

Eric Adjetey Anang
Visiting Ghanaian Artist
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mary Hark
Associate Professor, School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thomas Loeser
Professor, Art Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 11

The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: Perspectives from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

A round table discussion with
Paul Cardwell
Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Sharon Hutchinson
Başak Yavçan

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December 2

Guerrilla Healthcare Innovation: Creative Resilience in Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga, 1971-1980

Clapperton Mavhunga
Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology