Spring 2015 Africa at Noon Events

January 28

Humanity in the Pleistocene, or “Just another large mammal”?

Henry T. Bunn
Professor, Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

February 4

21st Century Folk Music in Angola: The TSIKAYA Project

Victor Gama
Visiting researcher and Composer, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Stanford University

February 11

Boko Haram: A Private Indirect Government?

Emmanuel Nuesiri
Visiting Research Scholar at the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) initiative
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

February 18

Restructuring Youth’s ‘Bright Futures’ in Malawi: Families, Land, and Schools 30 Years into the AIDS Epidemic

Nancy Kendall
Associate Professor, Education Policy Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

February 25

Higher Education for Africa’s Resurgence in the 21st Century

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor, History
Quinnipiac University

March 4

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

Thomas B. Smith
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Founding Director, Center for Tropical Research
University of California, Los Angeles

March 11

A Tale of Mami Wata, Photography and Riches

Florence Bernault
Professor, History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 18

Human Dimensions of Zoonotic Disease Transmission in Western Uganda

Sarah Paige
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 25


April 8

NGO Justice: African Rights as Pseudo-Prosecutor of the Rwandan Genocide

Luc Reydams
Professor, Political Science
University of Notre Dame

April 15

Education in Africa: Then and now; still now and then

David Johnson
Director, Centre for Comparative and International Education
University of Oxford

April 22

The Impact of the Educational System on Writing in National Languages: Problems and Prospects

Mamadou Ba
Ph.D. African Literature and Civilization
Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal
Visiting Fulbright Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison

April 29

A Conversation: Closing Down the International Tribunal for Rwanda? What Was Accomplished and What Was Not?

Thierry Cruvellier
Author and Journalist

Scott Straus
Professor, Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison