African Studies Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
205 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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Fax: 608.265.5851

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Alumni – Stay connected

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Alumni – Share your story

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Share your story your own African studies at Wisconsin and what you have done since leaving campus. Do you remember walking up Bascom Hill to attend Harold Scheub’s class?
Did you first practice Swahili at a language table in the Memorial Union? What life-long friendships did you forge while studying abroad in Africa?




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Outreach – Network Africana

Network Africana

School Visit


Network Africana links University of Wisconsin scholars, artists, and students with Wisconsin schools and communities.

Our members can enrich school curricula with their area studies expertise, life stories, and artistic skills.



Popular requests for Network Africana:

  • Classroom visits
  • Performance and demonstrations
  • Educational programs and curriculum consultation
  • Presentations for community groups

Outreach – Links


Outreach – Lending Collections

Lending Collections

Lending Collections

The African Studies Program loans items of material culture, and books, videos to schools, colleges, universities and community groups across Wisconsin.

Outreach – Great Texts in Wisconsin Program

Great Texts Program

The Great World Texts in Wisconsin encourages more high school and university students to read classic world texts and connect and engage UW faculty with high-school teachers across the state in this project.

The African Studies Program has joined hands with the Center for the Humanities to celebrate Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart, in the 2009-10 Great World Texts in Wisconsin program.

Nearly 800 high school students from across the state—from Bangor to Milwaukee—are reading Things Fall Apart for this program.

African Studies Program affiliated faculty and graduate students provide participating educators with background on the history, literature, and popular culture of Nigeria and explore the historical and political context surrounding Things Fall Apart.

Outreach – Africa Focus Digital Collections

Africa Focus Digital Collections

Africa Focus

Africa Focus Digital Collections is the largest collection of Africa images and sound clips freely available on the web. The collection contains more than 3000 images, 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries, and rare texts.


Consider making a donation to the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s most important centers for the study of Africa.

Give today.

The African Studies Program Gift Fund has been established to support research, training, outreach, and student scholarships in the general cross-disciplinary field of African studies.

Our faculty – we now number 70 members in 30 different departments – has, over the years, produced path-breaking research on African history, politics, legal systems, land resources, arts, culture, and languages. While maintaining these strengths, we have moved in the 21st century toward supporting research and training in business, law, the sciences, public health, and medicine in Africa.

Africa courses on the Madison campus reach 4,000 undergraduates annually. About 120 Africanist graduate students are training at Wisconsin in a multitude of disciplines to provide coming generations the Africa expertise that our nation and the world require.

We will be glad to discuss your wishes or special intentions as a donor.

By default, your contribution will support:

  • Research in Africa by Wisconsin faculty members and graduate students
  • Special learning opportunities for undergraduate students in Africa such as overseas modules immediately following Africa courses in Madison
  • Scholarships that will make it possible for us to provide more graduate students from African countries with Wisconsin training

To make a gift, visit the UW Foundation site.

If you have questions about giving, please contact:

Aleia McCord
African Studies Program
Assistant Director

If for any reason, including anonymity, you prefer to deal directly with the UW Foundation, please contact Ann Lippincott, Senior Development Program Manager, at 608.263.3604 or Refer to African Studies Program Gift Fund no. 1201154.

Special Events

Harold ScheubOral Tradition & Pop Culture

A Festschrift symposium to honor Emeritus Professor of Humanities Harold Scheub.
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8am
Van Hise Hall, Room 1820


Image of Luise WhiteBelonging in Africa

A round table discussion
Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1pm
Union South, Agriculture Room AB



Image of Gendering and Queering the African DiasporaGendering and Queering the African Diaspora

A workshop series presented by the African Diaspora and Atlantic World Research Circle
Wedesdays, February 27, April 3, April 17
206 Ingraham Hall



Image of the book covers of McCoy and YoungEclipse of Empires, Dawn of a New World Order

Albert W. McCoy and Crawford Young discuss their recent 2012 books
December 12, 2012
206 Ingraham Hall



Stylised image of Van Hise HallChanging Course: Teaching African Languages at UW-Madison in the 21st Century

Fri­day, Octo­ber 12, 2012
Reg­is­ter by Octo­ber 5 to attend lunch



Image from Zina Saro-Wiwa's "Eaten by the Heart" video installationEaten By The Heart: An Explo­ration of Love, Inti­macy and Heart­break in Africa and the African Diaspora

Zina Saro-Wiwa
Film-maker and video artist
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 2:30pm


Black and white image of Bruck KuklickDeath in the Congo: Killing Patrice Lumumba

Bruce Kuklick
Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 3:00pm



Photo of Thulisile MadonselaSoffa Lec­ture 2012: Pro­tect­ing the Rights of the Peo­ple from Abuse of Power in State Affairs: The Chal­lenges of South Africa’s Office of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor

Thulisile Madon­sela
Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor of South Africa
Fri­day, April 13, 2012 at 4pm



Photo of Outreach Scholar Theresah EnninA Day in Africa

First Annual High School Out­reach Con­fer­ence
April 20, 2012
Memorial Union



Photo of John HirschEnd­ing Deadly Con­flicts in Africa

Dr. John Hirsch
For­mer U.S. Ambas­sador to Sierra Leone
Thurs­day, March 8, 2012
Co-sponsored with the Madi­son Com­mit­tee on For­eign Rela­tions



Look Look Lis­ten Lis­ten: Cel­e­brat­ing the Arts of Ghana

Fall/Winter 2011
Mul­ti­ple exhi­bi­tions and events




Image of African Studies Program logoTenure Secu­rity in Slums: A Gen­dered Per­spec­tive from South Africa

Kamna Patel
Vis­it­ing Researcher, Cen­ter for Research on Gen­der and Women
Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment, Uni­ver­sity of Birm­ing­ham (UK)
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 23, 2012
3:30 pm, Ster­ling Hall 3401



Photo of Gunther SchleeTer­ri­to­ri­al­iz­ing Eth­nic­ity: Pas­toral­ism and Pol­i­tics in North­ern Kenya

Gun­ther Schlee
Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 26, 2012
3:30 P.M.
5230 Social Sci­ences Build­ing



A Road from LubumbashiFilm Screen­ing: A Road From Lubum­bashi

Union South/The Mar­quee
Wednes­day, Novem­ber 2, 2011




Photo of Trisha King holding stack of booksWhat the Library Can Do For You!

Emi­lie Ngo-Nguidjol Songolo
Bib­li­og­ra­pher for African Stud­ies, Social Sci­ences, and Fran­coph­one Stud­ies
Thurs­day, Octo­ber 6, 2011 and Thursday, October 13, 2011



France and Africa: A Long Way to Inde­pen­dence

Stephen Smith
Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at Duke Uni­ver­sity and for­mer Africa edi­tor of Le Monde
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 24, 2011



National The­atre of London’s Fela!

Sun­dance Cin­e­mas
Jan­u­ary 31 and Feb­ru­ary 5, 2011




Peace Corps and Africa wordmarkThe Peace Corps and Africa

A con­fer­ence to honor fifty years of vol­un­teer ser­vice and asses the impacts of the Peace Corps in Africa
Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison
March 24–26, 2011



Image of student kicking a soccer ballTeach­ing Through Sports: How to Use Inter­na­tional Sport­ing Events to Score Big with Stu­dents

A Work­shop for Edu­ca­tors and Ath­letic Coaches
Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison
July 8, 2010



Image of African Studies Program logoCal­abash World Cup Kick-Off

Cel­e­brate Africa’s first World Cup with a series of events in Madison’s Dungeon-Monroe neigh­bor­hood. Fun for the whole fam­ily!
June 11, 2010




Image of African Studies Program logoThe Evo­lu­tion of War­fare in Inde­pen­dent Africa

William Reno, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence
North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity
April 28, 2010



Bad Sur­round­ings and Beyond: The Eye of the Storm and Unfin­ished Real­i­ties of North­ern Uganda

Sverker Finnstrom, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­ogy
Uni­ver­sity of Stock­holm
March 22, 2010



Vol­un­teer­ing and Study­ing in Africa: Mov­ing For­ward Work­shop

Feb­ru­ary 26, 2010

Vol­un­teer­ing and Study­ing in Africa Work­shop

Feb­ru­ary 12, 2010

The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopol­i­tics, 1996–2006

Filip Reyn­t­jens, Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Law and Pol­i­tics
Uni­ver­sity of Antwerp
Novem­ber 24, 2009