9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Friday, Apr 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018
9:00 am to 9:00 pm
The French House

The Departments of French & Italian and African Cultural Studies invite you to celebrate the retirement of our dedicated and hard-working colleague, Aliko Songolo. The celebration is part of a day-long event that the department of African Cultural Studies is organizing to celebrate the institutional transformation of the department —a new department name and orientation—African Cultural Studies. Other retirees from the department of ACS will be also honored (Dustin Cowell, Jo Ellen Fair, and Michael Schatzberg). The event includes panels, tributes, and a festival of African languages.

Please join us for the whole day or for the panel on Francophone Cultural Studies (3:10-5:10) followed by the retirees’ speeches and reflections, and dinner (5:50-7:00).


8:30-8:30     Coffee, pastries

9:30-10:00     Welcome and introductions

10:00-12:00     African Cultural Studies Panel: From African Languages & Literature to African Cultural Studies.   With Tejumola Olaniyan (Chair), Matthew H. Brown, Samuel England, Reginald Royston, Damon Sajnani, Katrina Thompson

12:00-1:30     Lunch break (participants on their own)

1:30-3:00    UW African Languages & Culture Scholarship & Instruction: A Tradition of Excellence I. With Samuel England (Chair), Hala Ghoneim (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Sami Alkyam (Harvard University), Mary Youssef (Binghamton University).

3:00-3:10     Break with refreshments

3:10-5:10     UW African Languages & Culture Scholarship & Instruction: A Tradition of Excellence II.  With Névine El Nossery (Chair), Marie Kruger (University of Iowa), Renee Gosson, (Bucknell University), Amadou Fofana (Willamette University).

SenCinema (2017, 30 mins): documentary screening by Amadou Fofana

5:10-5:55     for the retirees: Speeches & reflections

5:55-6:00     Break

6:00-7:00: Dinner: Lamb or vegetarian couscous:  Dinner reservationsare not longer available (updated 8:42am, 4/13)

7:00-9:00: Festival of African language films made by ACS students

Co-Sponsors: African Studies Program, Department of French and Italian, Institute for Regional and International Studies, Language Institute