Badger Cafe

Badger Café: “Global Black Literature Experts Join the UW”

March 26 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706. Please enter through Alumni Park.
Cost: Free

About the event

This past fall, the UW’s Department of English welcomed four new faculty members, who arrived to study and teach global black literature. The discussion will feature the new faculty members and be led by professor and department chair, Russ Castronovo.

The Panel

Laila Amine, assistant professor; Ainehi Edoro, assistant professor; Yanie Fecu, assistant professor; Kristina Huang, assistant professor; Russ Castronovo, Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies, English department chair

About the speakers

Laila Amine, a native of France, comes to UW–Madison from the University of North Texas. Amine specializes in 20th- and 21st-century African American and African diaspora studies with a focus on race, migration, and colonial legacies.

Ainehi Edoro came to the United States from Nigeria to pursue her undergraduate studies and went on to earn a doctorate from Duke. Most recently she was a professor at Marquette University. She specializes in global anglophone literatures, 21st-century fiction, and literature in digital and social media.

Yanie Fecu joins the faculty at UW–Madison after completing her doctoral degree at Princeton University. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century anglophone and francophone Caribbean literature, with particular interests in auditory culture, postcolonial theory, and history of science.

Kristina Huang comes to UW–Madison after earning her doctorate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a postdoc at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her research focuses on the transmission of texts in the black Atlantic world as an avenue for relocating forms of political solidarity and community among diasporic subjects in the Caribbean and the Americas.

Russ Castronovo is interested in the uses of literature in forming critical citizenship. In his classes, this interest entails a commitment to analytic exchange and dialogue, collective interpretation, and interdisciplinary pursuits of knowledge. His classes also seek to implement this approach by ranging across topics such as modern critical theory, popular culture, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, propaganda, and the political novel.


6–6:30 p.m. Welcoming reception and registration opens
6:30–7:30 p.m. Panel presentation
7:30–7:45 p.m. Audience Q & A
8 p.m. Event concludes

To view parking lot locations on campus, please visit the campus map.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to all, but we strongly encourage registration.

Questions? Contact Jordan Langer at or 1-608-308-5430.

This Badger Café presentation at One Alumni Place offers a great way to stay up-to-date with important topics and hear from UW–Madison faculty and experts, as well as stay connected with fellow alumni!

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