The African Studies Program invites nominations for speakers for our seminar series, AFRICA AT NOON.  AFRICA AT NOON has been a treasured weekly tradition on our campus since 1973. This seminar series features scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and professional fields. The audience typically includes a mix of faculty and graduate students from departments across campus who share an interest in the people and places of Africa. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers tend to enjoy having the opportunity to present their work to such an informed, curious, and friendly interdisciplinary audience. Speakers often allot 20 minutes or more of their 1-hour presentation for robust discussion.


UW-Madison and UW-system faculty, academic staff, scientists, and honorary fellows may nominate a speaker. Speakers may be scholars or practitioners.


Africa at Noon speakers will receive:

  • $500 honorarium
  • Domestic flight to and from Madison
  • 2X nights of accommodation

The African Studies Program will make all travel arrangements. Faculty hosts are responsible for introducing the speaker, assisting with publicity for the talk, organizing additional activities for the visitor (such as meetings with faculty and students, classroom visits, and hosted meals), and identifying support for hosted meals, if applicable. The African Studies Program cannot support the costs of hosted meals associated with these visits. Co-sponsorship by other campus units is strongly encouraged, but not required.


Friday, October 11th 11:59pm.


Please upload the following as a single PDF to the Africa at Noon Nomination Form:

  1. The CV or brief bio of the nominee
  2. A 1-page nomination statement. Please describe  the general topic(s) the speaker might address in their Africa at Noon presentation and articulate how a visit from this speaker will benefit you and our community. Be sure to mention any ongoing or proposed collaborations with UW-Madison graduate students/faculty, if relevant, and explain why the scholar’s work is particularly timely or important. Be sure to note any potential co-sponsors and which departments or campus units will be interested in this speaker. Indicate any scheduling constraints or preferred dates.

Africa at Noon Nomination form: