MU will host a symposium on Rwandan genocide

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 5:09 p.m. CDT; updated 8:01 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — A symposium on "Genocide in Rwanda: Media, Memory and Denial" continues through Saturday at MU.

Sessions, which are free and open to the public, start at 9 a.m. Friday in room 2206 of the MU Student Center. An invitation-only dinner will follow. 

Also open to the public is a keynote address at 7 p.m. on Friday. in Ellis Auditorium. Carl Wilkens, a missionary to Rwanda who stayed after Americans were evacuated, is speaking on why he chose to stay.

On Saturday, sessions resume at 10 a.m. in the student center; afternoon events are in Cornell Hall. Step Up! An American Association for Rwandan Women will hold a banquet and silent auction starting at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1225 Fellows Place.

The symposium was scheduled to include a showing Thursday of "Brussels-Kigali," a film based on the trial of Ephrem Nkezabera, who was convicted for his involvement in the genocide. 

The different sessions will include speakers including Rwandan ambassador James Kimonyo, a survivor of the 1994 genocide; Isidore Munyakazi, a survivor from Rwanda; and Roméo Dallaire, Canadian senator and head of UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in 1994.

This event is sponsored by MU's Afro-Romance Institute, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs, the Canadian Consulate in Chicago and the Rwandan Embassy in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit the website for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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