Democracy in Zimbabwe and South Africa to be Discussed March 4

March 2, 2020 | Events, UToday, Arts and Letters
By Staff

The UToledo Humanities Café Series will present “Race, Land-Ownership and Democracy in Zimbabwe and South Africa” Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Curious Cat Café, 3059 W. Bancroft St.

Dr. Shingi Mavima, UToledo assistant professor of history, will lead the discussion.


“South Africa and Zimbabwe bear the distinction of having been “settler colonies” during the age of African colonialism, and their eventual transition to democratic rule and independence were achieved only near the end of the century, and with great conflict,” Mavima said.

The legacy of colonialism lingers in the countries, especially with regard to race and the ownership of land.

“We will explore how the colonial origin of these countries impacted the political, racial, democratic and land-ownership issues that continue to frustrate their progress to this day,” Mavima said.

Refreshments will be provided at the free, public discussion, which is sponsored by the UToledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities.

For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Martin, visiting associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, and director of the UToledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities, at

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