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African professionals, activists among 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows at UW–Madison

June 12, 2017

The fellowship, sponsored by the State Department, brings 1,000 leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from across Africa to universities for six weeks.

Trailblazing African history scholar Jan Vansina dies

February 14, 2017

Vansina's work led to acceptance in the academic world of oral traditions as valid sources of history, countering the once-prevalent attitude that cultures without texts had no history.

UW study to examine women’s roles in peacemaking

November 22, 2016

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is hosting a project designed to explore women’s existing roles in African peacemaking and to see what lessons can be gleaned from their mostly informal initiatives.

Mandela Washington Fellows learn leadership during visit to UW

August 12, 2016

Twenty-five young African leaders came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus for a six-week academic and leadership institute June 17 through July 31 as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and hosted by the UW–Madison African Studies Program.

Suspending Kenya travel a difficult move

April 22, 2015

For the first time since 2007, Susan Gold, a nurse clinician at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, won’t be heading to Kenya this year to help teens learn to live with HIV/AIDS. The 10 students who would have traveled with her in the Global Health Field Experience are making other plans in the wake of the UW–Madison decision to suspend all student travel to the country.

Moroccan pioneer in women’s rights to speak on aftermath of Arab Spring

October 23, 2012

Fatima Sadiqi, who founded a women's organization working on family law reforms and women's rights in her native Morocco, will speak on "North African Women's Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring" as this year's J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.