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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 324 Africa in World Politics

HIST 217 Africa to 1800 (New)

MUSC 445 West African Music and Culture – Beginning

MUSC 447 West African Music and Culture – Advanced

210px-King_Dom_Garcia_of_Kongo receiving missionaries 1641 to 1661

King Dom Garcia of Kongo receiving missionaries (17th century)

Ciwara dance in Bamako 2010 wiki

Ciwara dance in Bamako (Mali) in 2010


Political cartoon by Victor Ndula (Kenya) in 2015

Congratulations to the 2015

Brodigan Award Winners!

Holly Everett

Chloe Holden

Geneva Jonathan

Orelia Jonathan

Ibironke Otusile


Prof. Alice Hadler, Ibironke Otusile, Holly Everett, Orelia Jonathan, Geneva Jonathan,

Chloe Holden, and Profs. Laura Ann Twagira and Mike Nelson


Upcoming Talk!
“How Apartheid Ended: Mandela and the Last White Leaders of South Africa”

with Hermann Gilliomee

A Lecture in Honor of Prof. Rick Elphick

5/4 @ 6pm in Russell House

How Apartheid Ended Lecture


Think about Africa on Earth Day!

Tuesday, 4/21 @ Noon

Exkey Science Center, Room 058

Earth day talk with Gregg Mitman

“Forgotten Paths of Empire”

Earth Day Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday 4/22 @ 4:30pm

DFC (Usdan, 3rd floor)

“In the Shadow of Ebola”



Africa Earth Day Events 2015



African Christianity Rising:

Stories from Ghana


with filmmaker/scholar Dr. James Ault

Monday, April 13 @ 8:30pm in Allbritton 103

“Striking, powerful & clarifying…” Andrew Walls     “Magnificent & moving…” Philip Jenkins   “An essential tool in African Studies…” Olufemi Vaughan

Image African Christianity Rising





The NILE PROJECT in Concert!


Friday, April 10 @ 8pmin Crowell Concert Hall


Pre-concert talk @ 7:15pm

$6 Wesleyan Students; $22 Wesleyan Faculty/Staff/Alumni; $25 General Public

Nile Project Aswan, Egypt, 8 March, 2014.




African Studies Information Session

Monday April 6th


PAC 002

Come Learn about next fall’s African Studies Course offerings

and the Christopher Brodigan Award for graduating seniors!

Pizza will be provided

African Studies Poster 2015.5_edited-1


Kampala city scene with boda and car traffic

Street Scene in Kampala, Uganda (2014)



Thursday, Feburary 26 @ 4:30pm in PAC 001

“The Classless Struggle: The Soviet Union and the Construction of Socialism in Africa”

A talk by Jeremy Friedman (Yale University)

The Classless Struggle Poster FINAL_edited-2

Mark Your Calendars!
Exciting Conference about Technology in Africa on Campus!

Africanizing Technology
March 5-6th, 2015

Thursday, March 5th

5:00pm Keynote Lecture  by Dr. Julie Livingston (Rutgers University)

“Pharmaceutical Technologies and the Nature of Efficacy in Botswana”

Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Room 311

222 Church Street, Middletown, CT

Friday, March 6th

Conference Panels (9am-5:30pm)

Usdan University Center, Room 110

45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT


9:00am Technologies of Identity and Knowledge Production

10:45am Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development 

1:45pm Imagining New Technological Cultures

3:30pm Technological Cultures of Health and Healing



“American Slaves in North Africa:

Captivity Narratives from the early 19th century”

Thursday, February 19 @ 4:30pm in 41 Wyllys, Room 115

Tobias Auboeck, University of Innsbruck


Abstract: In the narrative about her captivity in Algiers in the early nineteenth century, Maria Martin states on numerous occasions that a certain event or feeling “must be imagined, rather than described.” Considering the fact that her narrative turns out to be completely fabricated, this expression receives an interesting second level of meaning – it describes the author’s process of inventing everything that Maria Martin supposedly goes through in the course of her narrative. This is all the more fascinating, as her narrative ended up being the most successful female-authored Barbary Coast captivity narrative ever to be published in the U.S. This study shows how the images and ideas depicted are often subconsciously constructed but also in some cases carefully drafted.



Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars


In Concert this Friday!


Feb. 13th @ 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall

(panel discussion at 7pm)

Tickets: $5 Wes Community, $10 General Public

SLRAS Concert Flyer

SLRAS-Concert-Flyer (downloadable pdf)