Honoring Winston Van Horne

Memorial Service

Vel Phillips speaks at Van Horne Memorial

On October 9th, 2013, the Department of Africology (since renamed the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies) organized a Memorial Service to honor esteemed Professor Winston Van Horne. The speakers at the service included:

  • UWM Chancellor Michael R.Lovell
  • UWM Provost Johannes Britz
  • Dean Rodney Swain, UWM College of Letters and Sciences
  • Dr. Doreatha Mbalia, Chair of the Department of Africology
  • The Honorable Vel Phillips, former Wisconsin Secretary of State
  • Dr. Pamela Malone, Chair of Community Brainstorming Conference
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga, Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, California State University-Long Beach;
  • Mr. Max Van Horne, son of Professor Winston Van Horne

Dr. Erin Winkler, Associate Professor at the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies, presented a portrait photograph of Professor Winston Van Horne to Mrs. Mary Van Horne, on behalf of the Department.

Photos from the Professor Winston Van Horne Memorial Service.
View the video of the Memorial Service for Professor Winston Van Horne.

In commemorating Professor Van Horne, Professor Patrick Bellegarde-Smith wrote the following:
Van Horne in audience

“Though he liked to work often in the shadow, Winston’s voice boomed and resonated far afield, his presence felt, if unseen. His vision carried beyond the confines of campus and town. He birthed a discipline, at once father and mother, but he would always say, that Africology was simultaneously the newest discipline and the oldest. He had reasons for the argument anchored in an understanding of African cosmological truths. Now that he has retreated to a well-deserved rest, he shall continue to work in the shadow, and his presence will continue to be felt, if unseen.”

Dedication of the Winston Van Horne Seminar Room

On April 26, 2013, Room 206 Mitchell Hall was dedicated in honor of Professor Winston Van Horne, by decree of the UWM Faculty Senate.

Van Horne Memorial video
We invite you to view the ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dNFK34xr70&feature=youtu.be

The Department of African & African Diaspora Studies is saddened to announce that esteemed professor Dr. Winston Van Horne passed away on May 24, 2013. About Winston Van Horne’s life and career.