News and Events — 2008 Archive



The Department of Africology celebrated its 40th Anniversary in May 2008
Photographs from the event

New Doctoral Program in the Department of Africology
Ten years in the making, a doctoral degree program in Africology will begin next year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

Read entire article by Laura L. Hunt, UWM News



Professor Dr. Stan Stojkovic, UWM School of Social Welfare
"Prisons: The Subtraction of Human Value"

Professor Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, UWM Department of Africology
"The Age of Obama? Who is He Exactly?"

Friday, December 5, 2008
12:00pm - 1:15 pm
Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh
The Slave Ship: A Human History
Greene Hall, UWM Campus

Saturday, December 6, 2008
2:00 pm
Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh
The Slave Ship: A Human History
Wisconsin Black Historical Society
2620 W. Center Street, Milwaukee

Professor Marcus Rediker of the University of Pittsburgh will be in Milwaukee early next month to talk about his acclaimed book, The Slave Ship: A Human History (2007). On Friday, December 5, Professor Rediker will give a colloquium for students and faculty from noon until 1:15 in Green Hall. On Saturday, December 6, he will give a public talk about his book at 2:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society at 2620 W. Center Street. Both events are free and open to the public. We encourage those attending the colloquium to read Chapter 9 ("From Captives to Shipmates") and the Epilogue ("Endless Passage") to help facilitate discussion. Both readings are on E-Reserve listed under Professor Rediker's name.

The Slave Ship is based on 30 years of research and traces more than 300 years of the slave trade from Africa to the Americas. As the publisher's description states, Rediker's book "reconstructs in chilling detail the lives, deaths, and terrors of captains, sailors, and the enslaved aboard a 'floating dungeon' trailed by sharks. From the young African kidnapped from his village and sold to the slaver by a neighboring tribe; to the would-be priest who takes a job as a sailor on a slave ship only to be horrified by the evil he sees; to the captain who relishes having 'a hell of my own,' Rediker illuminates the lives of people who were thought to have left no trace."

These events are funded by UWM's Cultures and Communities, the History Department, and many other UWM programs and departments, including the Department of Africology. Our community partner is the Wisconsin Black Historical Society.

Friday, Nov 7, 2008
An Evening with Danny Glover
7:30 pm
UWM Student Union