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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero to speak on campus


Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the Rwandan genocide played by Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Binghamton University Events Center.

Rusesabagina’s speech, titled “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to be Learned,” will touch on the events of the 1994 genocide, the political climate in Africa and the international response to the current crisis in Darfur.

The 2004 film Hotel Rwanda tells the story of Rusesabagina’s heroism in saving the lives of more than 1,200 people during the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people in slightly less than 100 days. For more than three months, Rusesabagina used his influence and connections as temporary manager of the Mille Collines Hotel to shelter more than 1,260 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered.

Tickets for the presentation are available at the University Union’s Tillman box office, the Events Center box office or at http://eventscenter.binghamton.edu/concerts.htm.

Advance tickets cost $3 for the general public and $5 if purchased the day of the event. Advance tickets are free for students with ID and $3 if purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.

The presentation is sponsored by Hillel at Binghamton, the Binghamton University Alumni Association, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the University Convocations Committee, the Office of the Provost, the College of Community and Public Affairs and the Multicultural Resource Center.

For more information about the speech, contact Hillel at Binghamton at 777-3424. For more information about events during Homecoming, Oct. 9-15, visit http://homecoming.binghamton.edu.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08