Past & Upcoming Events

Conference 2020


Courtesy of Brooke Fischer,
Co-Convened by




April 16-18, 2020 at The Pyle Center, UW-Madison Campus

We are excited to announce that the 2020 Conference will focus on integration of the arts into our work as a path toward knowing, resistance, and imagination.

See full conference details here.

4W KEYNOTE: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Co-Organized with the Department of Afro-American Studies

5:00pm, Chazen Museum

FEMRITE- Ugandan Women Writers Organization is an NGO based in Kampala, Uganda, that focuses on training and publishing women writers in Uganda and the East African Region. Publications address issues like environmental sustainability, literacy and education, health and women’s rights, and fair governance.

Goretti Kyomuhendo

Goretti is one of Uganda’s leading novelists. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her début novel, The First Daughter, was published in 1996, followed by Secrets No More in 1999, which won the Uganda National Literary Award for Best Novel in the same year. In 2002, she published a novella, Whispers from Vera. Her third novel, Waiting, was published by The Feminist Press in New York in 2007. In 2014, she published the Essential Handbook for African Creative Writers.She has also published short stories and children’s books. Goretti is a founding member of FEMRITE –Uganda Women Writers’ Association and Publishing House –and worked as its first Director for ten years (1997-2007).In 2009, she founded and is now Director of the African Writers Trust, an organisation that aims to bridge the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the Diaspora and on the continent, bringing them together in order to promote synergies between the groups. Goretti was the first Ugandan woman to receive an International Writing Program fellowship at the University of Iowa, and has since participated in many literary events internationally. In 2013, Goretti was one of the five international judges for the Commonwealth Book Prize. She lives in the UK and Uganda.

Hilda Twongyeirwe

Hilda J. Twongyeirwe is a Ugandan Feminist, a mother and a member of different women empowerment initiatives including FEMRITE -Uganda, Action for Development & the Pan-African Graca Machel Trust -Women in Media Network. Presently she works with FEMRITE -Uganda Women writers Association as Executive Director, a position which has enabled her to initiate and contribute to several actions for the advancement of women writing in Africa. She is a member of the Permanent Bureau of African-Asian-Latin American Writers Union and the National Book Trust of Uganda.She is the first woman writer to receive the Uganda Government National Medal in recognition of her contribution to women empowerment and emancipation through Literary Arts. She is a recipient of The Women for Women Award -Uganda 2018 and Uganda Registration Services Bureau Recognition Award 2018 for contribution to Uganda’s Cultural and Literary arts. In 2015, she was named among 18 Phenomenal African Feminists to know and celebrate by For Harriet Website. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Management, from Makerere University, Kampala.She is a published writer of short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction and an editor of several literary works by women writers. Her political satire short story; Baking the National Cake was translated into Vietnamese in a journal of Vietnamese writers.Her poem; Threshold, introduces a section in Mire Soraya’s memoir against Female Genital Mutilation;The Girl with Three Legs. Twongyeirwe is one of the New Daughters of Africa in Busbay’s ground-breaking 2019 anthology of women of African descent.

Women in Translation Panel

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:00am, Pyle Center

Women in Translation Panel will feature the 4W-International Women Collective Translation Project, which gathers a community of readers, translators and interpreters from various disciplines and institutions as part of a collaborative translation praxis of literary texts by writers from the Americas and Spain. Read more here.

Women in Translation


Friday, April 17 at 4:00 pm  at the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge 

Co-Organized by the Center for Visual Cultures

and the UW System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium 

Tina M. Campt is a black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art, and the Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. One of the founding researchers in Black European Studies, her early work theorized gender, racial, and diasporic formation in black communities in Europe, focusing on the role of vernacular photography in processes of historical interpretation. Her books include Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University Michigan Press, 2004), Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012), and Listening to Images (Duke University Press, 2017), which engages with lost archives of historically dismissed photographs of black subjects taken throughout the black diaspora. Originally intended to dehumanize, police, and restrict their subjects, Campt detects in these photographs the softly buzzing tension of colonialism, the low hum of resistance and subversion, and the anticipation and performance of a future that has yet to happen. Her recently completed book manuscript, The Black Gaze, engages our contemporary moment of visualizing blackness. Structured as a series of encounters with art and with artists that invite readers to look and to see differently, the book is a provocation to revisit what John Berger called “ways of seeing” and remake them as embodied practices of witnessing that center race and gender as central to these experiences.

Campt has held professorships at the Technical University of Berlin, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Duke University, and Barnard College, where she served as the director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women and as Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Campt serves as a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg. At the Cogut Institute, she leads the Black Visualities Initiative. She has edited special issues of Feminist Review, Callaloo and Small Axe, and together with Paul Gilroy, co-edited Der Black Atlantik (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2004), the first German language collection of key texts on the Black Atlantic. From May through July of 2018, she wrote essays forming a glossary of “Black Visual Frequency” for the Fotomuseum of Switzerland, and has contributed essays on black contemporary art for the Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, MoMA PS 1, The MAC Belfast, Gavin Brown Enterprises, The Henry Museum, and The Walther Collection.

Campt is the recipient of research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the American Association of University Women, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Social Science Research Council, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. In 2018, she was awarded a year-long fellowship at Columbia University’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.


Saturday, April 17 at 9:00 am at the Pyle Center

The African American Health Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster networking among African American health professionals and community health advocates and promote health education, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, empowerment and well-being among African Americans in Dane County.

Past Events

                          Honoring Ada Deer with the Inaugural 4W UNESCO Prize on Gender, Wellbeing and a Culture of Peace.


On November 19th, 2019, we were proud to present the inaugural 4W UNESCO Chair Prize on Gender, Wellbeing and Culture of Peace to Ada Deer. Ada Deer is a Distinguished Lecturer in the American Indian Studies Program and the School of Social Work; former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior; and head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The 4W UNESCO Chair Prize includes a financial award that will support student internships and activities focused on social justice in our community. We are grateful to the School of Social Work and the American Indian Studies Program for administering this award.

Read more about Ada Deer here.

Watch Chancellor Blank’s remarks here.

Learn more about the UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and a Culture of Peace here.