Spring 2016 Africa at Noon Events

January 27

“Multilingualism, Language Planning, Security, Terrorism, and Police Communication”

Sinfree Makoni
Associate Professor, Applied Linguists and African Studies
Pennsylvania State University

February 3


February 10

“’Mau Mau are Angels… Sent by Haile Selassie’: Beyond the Nation in Africa and the Caribbean”

Myles Osborne
Associate Professor, Department of History
University of Colorado Boulder

February 17

Mandehandeha Mahita Raha: New Immigrant Destinations and Madagascar’s Pivot to China”

Laura Tilghman
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Plymouth State University

February 24

Putting Global Health Norms in Place: Policy Translation and Community Participation in Malawi

Anna West
Department of Anthropology
William Paterson University

March 2

Pastoralism at Luxmanda, Tanzania: Ethnography and the Inexplicable Archaeological Record

Kate Grillo
Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

March 9

“He Was Going To Kill Me, I Persevered: Domestic Violence and the Assertion of Custom In Malawian Courts”

Anika Wilson
Associate Professor, Department of Africology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

March 16

“Bringing Plaatje Back Home”

Karen Haire
Associate Professor, Departments of English, French, History, Sociology, and Anthropology
Principia College

March 30

Conversations: Jean-Pierre Bekolo and Cinema

Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Film Director

April 6th

“Uncovering New Stories of the Human Past in South Africa”

John Hawks
Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

April 13


April 20th

“Chinese and Nigerian Textile Manufacture and Trade”

Elisha P. Renne
Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies/Anthropology
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

April 27

“When A Novel Goes Global: Scale, Form, and Formation in Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Bird of the East (1938)”

Nirvana Tanoukhi
Professor, Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 4


For­merly known as Sand­wich Sem­i­nar, this weekly lec­ture series brings Africa research in any dis­ci­pline, whether fin­ished or con­tin­u­ing, to an audi­ence of fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents, and the com­mu­nity in a relaxed setting. The African Studies Program invites speak­ers from the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin fac­ulty and staff, from the fac­ul­ties of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties around the world, and occa­sion­ally from among our grad­u­ate stu­dents, inde­pen­dent schol­ars, and per­sons work­ing in gov­ern­ment, foun­da­tions, char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions, and the pri­vate sector.

Lists of past Africa at Noon events