News and Events

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.


The Department of Africology is pleased to be a Community Partner for the film Finding Fela at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.


The Department of Africology is proud to co-sponsor a panel discussion on African American Men, Prisons, Families, Community, Fatherhood and Change in Wisconsin on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The event will be held from 7-9pm at the UWM Fireside Lounge and Associate Professor of Africology, Dr. Joyce Kirk, will be MC-ing the event. The panelists include Dr. Gary Williams (Director of Black Cultural Center), Ms. Rose Scott (President of Prison Action Milwaukee), Victor Barnett (Director of Running Rebels), and Terrence Ray (Director of Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative).


The Department of Africology is excited to co-sponsor, along with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the 36th Annual Latin American Film Series. The series will be held from April 4-10, 2014 and free to public admission.


The Department of Africology is co-sponsoring a number of events in April as part of UWM's celebration of Global Health Day. In particular, the Department is sponsoring two film screening and discussion events on April 9th, Dark Forest, Black Fly and April 23rd, A Walk to Beautiful, and a book talk on April 18th, Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam, and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956.


The Department of Africology is co-sponsoring the keynote speech by Prof. Bruce Western, Prof. of Sociology and Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard University, at the UWM Urban Studies Alumni Reunion Program on April 26th, 2014, 4pm at UWM Union Ballroom.


Anika Wilson publishes a new bookThe Department of Africology was proud to host a book talk event for Associate Professor Dr. Anika Wilson's newly released book Folklore, Gender and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun (Palgrave Macmillan).


The UWM Department of Africology is proud to celebrate the 2014 Black History Month on campus through a wide range of events, films, panel discussions and performances. See the Calendar of Events, PDF.


medalProfessor Emeritus Patrick Bellegarde-Smith was awarded the Jean Price-Mars Medal for his work on issues of cultural and national identities, and for his scholarship on the Haitian religion of Vodou. He received the award in Port-au-Prince in November 2013. The Medal, established only this year, sheds light on scholarship in the realm of cultural studies. Bellegarde-Smith was participating at the 25th annual conference of the Haitian Studies Association, and also at a symposium on the History of Ethnology in Haiti. Earlier, he had presided over the 10th international colloquium of the Congress of Santa Barbara held in October at Harvard University, on the healing arts in Vodou. He was recently anthologized in a text on Caribbean Cultural Thought, edited by Yanique Hume and Aaron Kamugisha, with a chapter, "The Spirit of the Thing: Religious Thought and Social/Historical Memory," and published with Claudine Michel, in the Journal of Africana Religions, "Danbala and Ayida as Cosmic Prism: The Lwa as Trope for Understanding Metaphysics in Haitian Vodou and Beyond."


The inaugural Fall 2013 issue of the newsletter The Africologist was launched on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013. The issue is dedicated to Prof. Winston Van Horne, who passed away on May 24th, 2013 after 35 years of dedicating his life to the Department, to the University, and to academia. Download a copy in PDF format.


The Africology Department welcomes friends and family to a memorial honoring esteemed professor Winston Van Horne to be held on Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2013. Van Horne Memorial Service Invitation.


Esteemed professor Dr. Winston Van Horne, founder of the discipline of Africology, passed away on May 24, 2013. Department of Africology's Tribute to Dr. Van Horne.


Associate Professor of Africology, Jeffrey Sommers, has been made Senior Fellow at UWM's Institute of World Affairs.


Two of this year's Ronald E. McNair Scholars are Africology majors! Congratulations to Kitonga Alexander and Rachel A. Johnson.

Africology major and 2013 McNair Scholar Kitonga Alexander and his mentor, Africology professor Sandra Jones. Africology major and 2013 McNair Scholar Rachel A. Johnson and her mentor, Africology professor Erin Winkler.