The Republic of Botswana became independent in 1966 after being a colony of the United Kingdom for 81 years. Dr. Richard Weisfelder discussed the emergence of the Bechuanaland Protectorate from British colonialism and the remarkable experience of a black African ruled state surrounded by the white racist regimes of South Africa, Rhodesia and South West Africa during the early days of independence..

Dr. Richard F. Weisfelder lived and worked in Botswana for over three years and in Lesotho for almost three, plus many more visits to both beginning in 1965. He taught international relations, political economy and African politics in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Weisfelder lecture was part of Lourdes University's Lifelong Learning Monthly Lecture Series. The series aims to bring outstanding speakers to our community. It was held at Lourdes Franciscan Center.

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