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Stephen SmallLecture by Stephan Small

UWM Department of Africology is pleased to sponsor a public lecture by Stephen A. Small of the University of California, Berkeley entitled, "Public History and Reparations: Social Mobilization and the Legacy of Slavery in the African Diaspora today" on March 26, 2015 from 2:30 - 4:00pm in the American Geographical Society Library, UWM Libraries, Third Floor, East Wing.

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Event co-sponsored by: Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Program in Museum Studies, Center for 21st Century Studies, and the Department of Cultures & Communities.

Past Events 2014-2015

February is Black History Month!

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French Films Festival

The Department of Africology is pleased to co-sponsor the film Hold Back (Rengaine) as part of the 2015 French Films Festival. See movie trailer on YouTube.

The Community Brainstorming Conference

"Police Brutality in the U.S. and Abroad"
January 24, 2015, 9-11:00am -- Breakfast served at 8:00am
Saint Matthews C.M.E. Church, 2944 North 9th Street (Parking on 8th Street, Off Chambers)
The event is in cooperation with the Department of Africology. You are invited to participate in this breakfast forum.

Presenters and Topics:

Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, UW-Milwaukee, Visiting Assistant Professor of Africology
“Police Brutality in Brazil and Global White Supremacy”

Dr. Robert S. Smith, UW-Milwaukee, Associate Professor of History
Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion and Engagement
Executive Director, Cultures & Communities Program
“An Occupied Milwaukee: Lessons, Reminders and Projections about Police Brutality”

Dr. Robert “Biko” Baker, League of Young Voters, Executive Director
“Getting to the Future: How the Protests in Ferguson can Change the Movement”

CBC Chair: Dr. Pamela Malone

The Documentary Works of Gloria Rolando: A Sankofa-Retrospective

November 15 - 18, 2014

Gloria Rolando is a pioneering Afro-Cuban filmmaker, whose career spans over 35 years at ICAIC, the Cuban National Film Institute. Gloria’s extensive filmography, though not described as ethnographic, integrates themes of cultural memory, history, identity, mythologyand storytelling within the context of African Diasporan cultures in the Americas. Her preoccupation with these themes make known the persistence of Africa in the cultural memory of Cuba, the Caribbean, and across the diaspora. These stories connect people across many boundaries.

Sponsored by The Community Media Projects and the Department of film, Video, Animation and New Genres; with support from The Department of Africology, Cultures and Communities, CLACS and Global Inclusion and Engagement

Saturday, November 15, 7pm (Films only)
"Eyes of the Rainbow", 47 min
"Oggun: An Eternal Presence", 52 min
"My Footsteps in Baragua", 53 min

Sunday, November 16, 5pm
*Filmmaker present for intro and discussion
"Roots of my Heart", 51 min
"Re-embark/Reshipment", 53 min

Monday, November 17, 7pm (Films only)
"Passages of the Heart", 59 min
"Breaking the Silence" Chapters 1 & 2, 90 min

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm
*Filmmaker present for intro/discussion
"Breaking the Silence" Chapters 3, 40 min
"Re-embark/Reshipment", 51 min

(Gloria Rolando, Cuba, Spanish w/Eng st. 53 min., Digital Video, 2014)
A “forgotten chapter” in the history of Haitian immigrants brought to Cuba in the early 20thcentury to work in the Sugar Cane fields and Coffee Plantations-and their forced repatriation following the crash of the Sugar Market.

Eyes of the Rainbow
(Assata Shakur, Cuba, Spanish w/Eng st., 52 min., Digital Video, 1997)
Assata Shakur is the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who took refuge in Cuba after years of struggles in the US. The film integrates AfroCuban culture, including the Orisha Oya, to show Assata's context in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 20 years.

Roots of my Heart
(Gloria Rolando, 51 min., Digital Video, 2001)
When over 6,000 members of the Independents of Color, the first black political party outside of Haiti, were massacred by the Cuban Army. This independently produced feature film follows a young woman as she finds out about her families roots, which includes disturbing revelations around the 1912 Genocide (El Doce).

My footsteps in Baragua
(Gloria Rolando, Cuba, Spanish w/Eng st., 53 min., Digital Video)
1996, on the history in Cuba of an extensive West Indian community (consisting of people from Jamaica, Barbados, & many others. We find many immigrants in Baraguá, province of Ciego de Avila.

Friday, November 13, 2014, 7:00pm

On behalf of the Africology NOW Student Organization, you are cordially invited to the UWM campus to experience E. Patrick Johnson's Pouring Tea (pdf 11mb) on November 13th at 7:00pm.

Past Programs from the Africology NOW Student Organization: My Sistas KeepHer! (pdf 2mb)

Africology Seminar Series

Friday, November 7, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30pm

The Africology Seminar Series continues on Friday, November 7th from 12pm-1:30pm in Mitchell Hall 206 with a presentation by Dr. Ermitte St. Jacques titled ... “Out of Range: Strategies Among West African Migrants to Limit the Reach of Mobile Technologies”.

Studies on transnational migration and new media technologies have shown how the spread of mobile phone usage has transformed ties between migrants abroad and non-migrants in rural areas. In this presentation, I discuss the social tensions arising when the prospect of migrant assistance is readily accessible at the touch of a mobile phone. The ability of larger numbers of non-migrants to contact migrants for help has intensified the financial pressures on Senegalese and Gambian migrants struggling in Spain’s economic crisis. I describe the strategies Senegalese and Gambian migrants employ to evade assisting relatives and friends and interpret the discourse emerging from the migrants’ refusal to help, specifically how people “change” after arriving in Europe.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Africology Seminar Series begins on Friday, October 17th in The Africology Seminar Series, Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour presented… “Experiencing good times and Bad Times: Racism, Rising Consumerism, and Increasing Incomes among Afro-Brazilians”

I use a mixed-methods approach to examine the relationship between increasing incomes and consumer goods and perceptions of discrimination. While most Brazilians acknowledge discrimination in society, are Afro-Brazilians more likely to report personal experiences of discrimination even though incomes have risen over time? In-depth interviews in the cities of Salvador, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro reveal that many Afro-Brazilians acknowledge that Brazil's economic boom has allowed for more consumerism yet many are pessimistic about opportunities for the poor and for Afro-Brazilians. I will use national data to examine if this trend exists.

September 30, 2014, 7:00pm

The Department of Africology is pleased to co-sponsor the 2014 UWM Black Cultural Center’s annual African & African American Welcome Reception September 30 at 4:00pm.


Please find a story featuring Africology’s own Joyce Kirk and Pauli Taylorboyd in this month’s UWM Report. The article is entitled, “Celebrating UWM’s role in helping bring democracy to South Africa” and can be found on page 8:

The Fall 2014 edition of The Africologist is now available!

Africology's own Joyce Kirk and Pauli Taylorboyd are featured in the November edition of UWM Report! The article is entitled, "Celebrating UWM’s role in helping bring democracy to South Africa” and can be found on page 8.

Recent Publications, Presentations and Awards


Sandra Elaine Jones (Assistant Professor, Africology). "Reading Under Cover of the Veil: Oral and Textual Literacies in Antebellum America." Community Literacy Journal 8.2 (2014): 69-80. Project MUSE. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

Nolan A. Kopkin (Assistant Professor, Africology). 2014. You’re Fired!: The Impact of Race on the Firing of Black Coaches in major College Football. The Review of Black Political Economy, 41(4): 373-92.

Charmane Perry (Graduate Student, Africology). 2014. Invasion from the South: Social Construction of the Haitian ‘Other’ in the Bahamas. The International Journal of Bahamian Studies, 20(1).


Professor Emeritus Patrick Bellegarde-Smith (Africology), Associate Professor Jeffrey Sommers (Africology), and graduate student Patrick Delices (Africology) held a roundtable on November 7th entitled: “Approaching the Centennial of the 1915-1934 Occupation—Perspectives on Haiti and the United States.”

Visiting Assistant Professor Gladys Mitchell-Walthour (Africology) was an invited speaker at the African Diaspora Research Forum sponsored by the National Association of African American Studies and Claflin University November 9-13. She presented on Racism and Economic Perceptions Amongst Afro-Brazilians.

Associate Professor Erin Winkler (Africology) served as chair and commentator on a panel entitled “Post-Civil Rights Struggle in Education: The Dialectical Struggle for Race and Gender Equality” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History featuring papers by undergraduate Rachel A. Johnson (Africology & Psychology) and doctoral students Monique Liston (Education) and Amber Tucker (Education).

Graduate student Charmaine Lang (Africology) presented her paper “Black Women’s Activism: A Space of Their Own” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Memphis.


Professor Emeritus Patrick Bellegarde-Smith (Africology) was named President of the Haitian Studies Association at their annual conference on November 8th at Notre Dame University.

Associate Professor Anika Wilson (Africology) was awarded the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize from the American Folklore Society. The prize recognizes “superior work on women’s traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore.” Dr. Wilson was awarded the prize for her 2013 book, Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun.

Graduate student Patrick Delices (Africology) was awarded UWM’s Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship, which he will use for research & study in Cuba during UWinteriM.