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Luther Professor Feels at Home Leading the Botswana Program

Jul 3, 2014
Richard Mtisi

Richard Mtisi

The first time Richard Mtisi boarded an airplane, he was embarking on his first trip outside of his native Zimbabwe. Several stops and many, many hours later he arrived, late at night and exhausted, at his destination in the middle of Iowa.

The next day, Iowa City did not look like the large American city he had imagined it would be. "Is this it? Is this the U.S.?" Mtisi recalled thinking. "But I really enjoyed my time at the University of Iowa."

Twelve years later, Mtisi is still in Iowa, enjoying the beauty of the town of Decorah – even smaller than Iowa City – where he is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at Luther College.

He will return to Southern Africa for the 2015 spring semester, when he will share his lifelong experience and deep knowledge of the region with students from across the ACM as Visiting Faculty Director of the Botswana Program. Read more


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