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Events and Programming

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We host a variety of events throughout the year, including a lunchtime speaker series, special lectures, conferences, and workshops.  Our events are free and open to the public. View our calendar to see upcoming events and the types of events we've hosted in the past. 

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Lunch and Learn Speaker Series

We sponsor multiple talks each quarter in collaboration with the Program of African Studies' "Lunch and Learn" speaker series. Talks are held on Wednesdays at noon and lunch is served. View upcoming talks on our calendar.


Each year, ISITA brings together scholars from around the world at conferences and workshops--in Evanston and other locations--that foster intellectual exchange and engage the public about Islam in Africa, past and presents.

Read about past conferences.

ISITA Perspectives Symposium Series

ISITA Perspectives brings leading scholars of Islam in Africa to Northwestern several times per year for dialog with each other and the audience about their recently published books. Each symposium features two authors and one or more Northwestern faculty discussants.

Read about past symposia.

ISITA Early Career Scholars Book Development Workshop

ISITA's Early Career Scholars of Islam in Africa Book Development Workshop supports early-career scholars working in the field of Islam in Africa as they prepare their first book manuscript for submission to a press. The first workshop took place in May 2019. Details about future workshops will be posted on this site.

Learn more about the first workshop.