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MATRIX Recognized for Commitment to African Scholarship and Development

15 April on Africa, Announcements

In an article released by MSU Alumni Magazine, MATRIX was recognized for its role in building and maintaining Michigan State University’s long-standing connection with Africa. Michigan State University is internationally recognized for its ongoing partnership with African institutions to solve […]

Hamba Kahle, Phyllis Naidoo (1928-2013) – Heroine of the South African Struggle

18 March on Africa

By David Wiley and Christine Root The world is a poorer place with the loss in February of Phyllis Naidoo, a defender of humanity, a protector of people in the midst of apartheid oppression, and a loving and responsive humanist […]

MATRIX Travels to Senegal to Train Students in 3D Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Archaeological Artifacts

14 January on Africa, Archaeology, Digital Archaeology, Digitization, Grants

In late December of 2012, MATRIX Director Dean Rehberger and Audio-Visual Lab Consultant Mike Green traveled to Senegal at part of a Smithsonian-funded pilot project that focused on creating 3D, digital representations of cultural heritage artifacts from the Gorée  Island […]


New Episode of Africa Past & Present Released

01 November on Africa, Podcast, Project Highlights

Episode 67 of Africa Past & Present was released earlier this week. This episode featured Dr. Sifiso Ndlovu from the South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET)—a group of researchers tasked with documenting South Africa’s journey to democracy (read more about […]


In Memoriam: Zwelakhe Sisulu

16 October on Africa, Digitization, Multimedia & Digital Archives

MATRIX would like to take time at the beginning of this week to mourn and reflect on the recent passing of Zwelakhe Sisulu, a dedicated South African journalist, businessman, and activist. Son of ANC stalwart Walter Sisulu (Nelson Mandela’s friend […]

The African Oral Narratives Project is Helping Record Forgotten Voices

08 June on Africa, Multimedia & Digital Archives, Oral History

It isn’t likely that a lot of us will ever get to personally meet Samuel Mahoko (photo at right), a displaced farm laborer from Rammolutsi, a poor community in northeastern South Africa. But while we will probably never have the […]

Episode 64 of Africa Past & Present is Now Available

04 June on Africa, Announcements, Multimedia & Digital Archives, Podcast, Project Highlights

A new episode of Africa Past & Present was released on June 1. This episode features Dr. Peter Limb of Michigan State University (MSU) as he discusses the life and writings of Dr. Alfred Bitini Xuma. An important figure in […]

New Episode of Africa Past and Present Focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo

17 May on Africa, Announcements, Multimedia & Digital Archives, Podcast

Episode 63 of Africa Past and Present was released Wednesday, May 16 2012. The episode features a conversation with Professor Tom Turner, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Country Specialist at Amnesty International USA. Entitled “Noise and Silence, War and […]

Episode 59 of Africa Past and Present Available

13 December on Africa, Podcast

In this episode, Layering Racial Oppression in South Africa, Jacob Dlamini, South African author, journalist, and historian, discusses his best-selling book Native Nostalgia, a memoir that challenges conventional struggle narratives.  He also talks about the social and political history of […]

Episode 58 of Africa Past and Present Available

07 November on Africa, Podcast

In Episode 58, Professor Aili Mari Tripp (Political Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison; President-elect, U.S. African Studies Association) discusses African women’s movements, democratization, and the paradoxes of power in Museveni’s Uganda. She also underscores the need for the African […]