African Studies Program to Host Dr. August Nimtz Jr. on April 8

Posted on March 24th, 2015 by

Dr. August Nimtz Jr.

Dr. August Nimtz Jr.

The African Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College will host University of Minnesota Professor Dr. August Nimtz Jr. for a public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in room 128 of Confer Hall. Nimtz’s talk is titled “Ebola in Africa: A product of history, not a natural phenomenon” and will be free and open to the public.

Dr. Nimtz is a professor of Political Science and African American & African Studies. He specializes in African politics, comparative politics, Marxism, and political development. He has published numerous books, articles, and book chapters over the last three decades. His book publications include Islam and Politics in East Africa: the Sufi Order in Tanzania (1980), Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough (2000), Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The ‘Absolute Democracy’ or ‘Defiled Republic’ (2003), and Lenin’s Electoral Strategy from 1907 to the October Revolution of 1917: The Ballot, the Streets—or Both (2014).

Nimtz, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University, has received several awards at the University of Minnesota including the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award and the Gordon L. Starr Faculty and Staff Recognition Award.

For more information about Dr. Nimtz’s appearance at Gustavus, contact Director of the African Studies Program, Professor Paschal Kyoore at


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