Update from Brodigan winner Ibironke Otusile ’15






This past summer [2015] I went to Lagos, Nigeria with so many expectations but had no idea how they would be fulfilled. I was going there to work and to have fun. I quickly learned that it was impossible to do both simultaneously; you really do not mix business with pleasure. I had to start…

Update from Olivia Glick ’16






Olivia was in South Africa this summer researching post-Apartheid politics for her senior thesis.  She is seeking to understand how South Africa’s post-Apartheid political transformation seemingly failed to lead to widespread economic development today.  She sends these photos from her trip. Olivia speaking with with Lolo a woman who lives in RDP housing in the…

Update from Teresa Paterson ’16






I traveled to Kenya this summer with the goal of focusing my senior thesis research on understanding the motives behind and the interpretations of the Mau Mau rebellion against the British colonial government in the late 1950s. However, after conducting interviews with Kenyans, I was left with many questions focusing on memory: specifically, how is…

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African Studies @ Wes has a new homepage Check it out! http://www.wesleyan.edu/africanstudies/ Keep checking back here for more event updates and student blogs!   African Studies Courses for Fall 2015! ARHA299 African History and Art DANC 260 West African Dance I DANC 360 West African Dance II FIST 125 Jungle and Desert Adventures (NEW) GOVT…