Department website has moved to http://african.wisc.edu/

The Department of African Languages and Literature's new home online is finally ready: We have moved to http://african.wisc.edu/

The pages at http://uw-african.bitnamiapp.com/drupal/ will remain open over the summer as a temporary resource, but will not be available after the start of the fall semester. Please update your links. You may also notice links from this page redirecting you to the new site as we complete our move!

Professor Harold Scheub retires this month

Harold Scheub lecturing in 1993

Professor Harold Scheub retires this month having marked nearly one half-century as a graduate student, alumnus, and then faculty member of the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His commitment to the oral traditions of Africa is deep and well-documented. Nevertheless, it falls short of his deepest passion: bringing students to engage with those traditions and pressing students to grow intellectually. That passion kept Harold at the front of Bascom 272 for four decades.

"Hamba kahle Tata Mandela, uThixo akusikelele": Students and Faculty Reflect on the Life of Nelson Mandela

Bongani Mbatha, Xolani Buthelezi, and Neil Kodesh share their thoughts on the life of Nelson Mandela in an article published this morning by InsideUW. Bongani and Xolani are graduate students in our department; Neil is the director of the African Studies Program and a professor of African history.

UW Alumni Magazine shows Swahili in action

Erik and Karene Boos took Swahili in our department back in the early 2000s. Check out how this couple is using their African language skills in service of a Tanzanian community: http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/features/pigment-prejudice/

L&S publishes profile on new faculty member John Nimis

The College of Letters & Science has posted a nice profile of Professor John Nimis, one of the two new faculty members who joined our department this fall. L&S posted a profile of Professor Katrina Daly Thompson earlier in the semester. Please check out the interview at http://news.ls.wisc.edu/announcements/nimis-strikes-the-right-chords/.

L&S publishes profile on new faculty member Katrina Daly Thompson

The College of Letters & Science has posted a nice profile of Professor Katrina Daly Thompson, one of the two new faculty members who joined our department this fall. L&S will post a profile of Professor John Nimis later in the semester. Please check out the new interview at http://news.ls.wisc.edu/announcements/the-power-of-african-languages/.

Thompson to give February talk in "Language Matters" series

Associate Professor of African Languages and Literature, Katrina Daly Thompson, will be speaking on February 3, 2014 at 4:00PM in 159 Education Building as part of a year-long lecture series through the UW-Madison Language Institute. Her talk is entitled "Language and Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts." More information on the Language Institute and "Language Matters" can be found at http://www.languageinstitute.wisc.edu/content/faculty_and_staff/language...

Two AL&L faculty to present for Africa at Noon in September

"Africa at Noon" is a series of lectures hosted by the UW-Madison African Studies Program, held every Wednesday at noon in Ingraham Hall (room 206), featuring leading scholars of Africa from all disciplines and from across the world. This year's series will begin with UW-Madison African Languages and Literature Professor Tejumola Olaniyan on September 4.

Students respond to the passing of Chinua Achebe

The following obituary was written by Sami Alkyam, a Ph.D. Candidate in our department and a preceptor in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard University:

The Death of the Novelist

I was deeply saddened to learn two days ago that Chinua Achebe, the writer of Things Fall Apart passed away. This specific book, in my assessment, is one of the 20th century's most insightful works about power dynamics. Born in Nigeria, Achebe's views on colonialism and its “Civilizing Mission” were nuanced and multifaceted but we will be unfair and simplistic if we render his writing to this theme. . .

Graduate Students and Instructors Bring African Languages to High School Students at the 2013 Wisconsin Global Youth Summit

Bongani Mbatha teaching Zulu to high school students at the 2013 Wisconsin Global Youth Summit

Graduate Students Samuel Darkwa (Akan-Twi), Bongani Mbatha (Zulu), and Faculty Associate Anne Waliaula (Swahili) facilitated introductory language lessons for Wisconsin high school students attending this year's Wisconsin Global Youth Summit (Facebook). Eighty students from 20 schools across the state traveled to Union South to discuss global education and to plan an ongoing initiative for Global Studies outreach and advocacy.

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