Faculty Publication: An Educational Riot in Botswana

Stephen Volz, Associate Professor of History, has published a chapter, “An Educational Riot in Botswana,” in the book Faculty as Global Learners: Off-Campus Study at Liberal Arts Colleges written by Joan Gillespie, Lisa Jasinski and Dana Gross.  

Book cover red with drawn art


I first realized the seriousness of the situation when I heard loud chanting coming from elsewhere in the classroom building. A group of protestors was moving from floor to floor, enforcing a boycott of classes by chasing out any students and faculty who dared to remain. The students in my research seminar, Development in Botswana, had respected my intention to hold class that afternoon despite rumors of a student strike, but our resolve faded as the shouts of the protestors grew louder, and we quickly exited the building to continue our discussion outside in a shady spot elsewhere on campus.

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