Enchantings: Modernity, Culture, and the State in Postcolonial Africa – Thursday April 26th-Saturday April 28th, 2012

The Institute for Research in the Humanities is sponsoring a three day long symposium filled with over a dozen different lectures detailing the trials and tribulations of Africa in a post-colonial world.  The event will cover the affects of post-colonialism on the governments, culture and social history of Africa in the last fifty years.  These topics will surely cover Northern Africa, or the area that falls under the nomenclature of the Middle East, as well, meaning that this symposium is certainly relevant to Middle East Studies.  Head over to the website for a more detailed look at lecture schedules and content. 

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Africa 50 Forward Events – April – May 2012

An ongoing event on campus has been the celebration of fifty years of African Studies at UW-Madison, which has been filled with Africa related films and lectures throughout the year.  The celebration is winding down now, but there are still a few interesting films and lectures on Africa scheduled in the coming weeks.  Check out the website for more details on what events still remain and how you can get involved in celebrating UW’s continued commitment to African Studies.

Summer 2012 Classes for Middle East Studies

This a little late coming, but better late than never.  If you are interested in adding to your Middle East Studies portfolio this summer there are more than a few classes that might pique your fancy.  Of course you can e-mail the Middle East Studies Program at cmes@mideast.wisc.edu if you have any questions about classes, credits or anything to do with the Middle East.  Here are a few of the classes being offered this summer –

Languages –

LCA 321 – First Semester Arabic

LCA 322 – Second Semester Arabic

LCA 323 – Third Semester Arabic

LCA 324 – Fourth Semester Arabic

LCA 331 – First Semester Kazak

LCA 332 – Second Semester Kazak

LCA 339 – First Semester Turkish

LCA 340 – Second Semester Turkish

LCA 363 – First Semester Persian

LCA 364 – Second Semester Persian

Religion –

Religious Studies 271 – Religion – History and Culture: The West