University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jan Vansina Lecture

The University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program created the annual Jan Vansina Lecture to honor the legacy of Jan Vansina, one of the world’s foremost historians of Africa.

September 21-22
The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Register Here by August 15.

The Jan Vansina Lecture on Friday, September 21 will feature Nancy Hunt and Steven Feierman.

Following the lecture, registrants are invited to join in dinner and the opportunity to share memories of Jan. Neil Kodesh, Director of the UW-Madison African Studies Program, will also share updates on new initiatives to honor Jan’s legacy.

In addition to the lecture and dinner, a symposium on Saturday morning will feature a set of panels on various aspects of Jan’s legacy, with Jacob Sabakinu Kivilu as keynote speaker.

Jan Vansina at his home in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Catherine A. Reiland/UW-Madison)

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online or over the phone (608.262.2380) by August 15.

To support programming such as this and other efforts that honor Vansina’s legacy, your gift to the Jan Vansina memorial fund is welcome.

Friday, September 21

4:00PM: Lecture

Memorial Union Tripp Commons

Nancy Hunt, Professor of History & African Studies at the University of Florida
Steven Feierman, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania

7:00PM: Dinner

The Concourse Hotel

Remarks from Neil Kodesh, Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former Faculty Director of the African Studies Program

Saturday, September 22

9:00AM-12:00PM: Symposium

Memorial Union Tripp Commons

Keynote by Jacob Sabakinu Kivilu

A block of rooms for individual booking will be reserved for registrants at the Concourse Hotel. To book a room, please follow this link or call the Concourse Hotel at 800-356-8293 and ask to book a room in the Jan Vansina Lecture block.