April 4, 2011 — Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager in Rwanda on April 6, 1994, when his country's president was assassinated. During the 100 days of genocide that followed, Rusesabagina sheltered more than 1,200 people in the hotel, saving their lives as more than 800,000 others were killed around them. He has been called the "Rwandan Schindler" and his story was made into the 2004 Academy Award-nominated film "Hotel Rwanda."
The Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield is proud to host Paul Rusesabagina on Tuesday, April 19, as he presents the 25th Anniversary Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture on "Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to be Learned." The free event will take place at 7 p.m. in the CSUB Doré Theatre. Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in Lots B, C, D and the theatre overflow lot. The lecture is co-sponsored by San Joaquin Community Hospital and Mercy Hospitals, with additional support from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and Valley Public Radio.
Rusesabagina's lecture highlights the KIE's 25th anniversary theme of "International Justice and Human Rights."
"The Rwandan genocide is, sadly, only the most recent of the far-too-many attempts by one group of people to annihilate another. And, Mr. Rusesabagina stresses, it likely will not be the last," said Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and a professor of philosophy at CSUB.
"His lecture will remind us of how, as he puts it, 'one ordinary person' can make a dramatic difference in the world," Meyers said. "It will educate us about the massacre, about how neighbors and families went to war against one another. And, it will motivate us to be ever vigilant against it happening again."
In addition to the lecture, the Kegley Institute of Ethics will present a free showing of the film "Hotel Rwanda" with related discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the CSUB Student Union Multipurpose Room. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free after 6 p.m. in Lot K.
For more information about the two events, call the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSUB at 661-654-2555 or visit www.csub.edu/kie.
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