2016 Day in Africa brings 185 high school students to campus

The University of Wisconsin–Madison welcomed 185 juniors and seniors from eight Wisconsin high schools on April 13 for the 2016 Day in Africa program at Union South, sponsored by the African Studies Program.

The high school students explored the languages and cultures of Africa through a variety of sessions led by UW-Madison faculty, students, and staff. Many sessions incorporate the theme of health and healing in Africa and beyond.

The participating high schools were: Madison West, Madison East, Beloit Memorial, Pardeeville, Westosha Central, SAPAR, Oregon, and Kettle Moraine Global.

UW Day in Africa 2016 012Neil Kodesh, associate professor of history and director of the African Studies Program, gives the keynote remarks on Global Health in Africa to open the day’s program.

UW Day in Africa 2016 066Graduate student Sami Lamine discusses the political cartoons of Z, an anonymous Tunisian cartoonist known for his satirical take on events before and after the Tunisian revolution of 2010.

UW Day in Africa 2016 075Matthew H. Brown, assistant professor of African Languages & Literature, discusses Nigerian movies and how “Nollywood” has become the film industry of Africa.

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Research Fellow Alhaji Njai talks about the work of Project 1808 in Sierra Leone to help develop young people equipped to tackle different global issues in new and innovative ways.

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Graduate student Regina Fuller talks about her experiences as an American student studying at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

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Photos by Kerry G. Hill