Monday, February 24 at 7:00pm
In the quarter-century since genocide decimated Rwanda, that country has been engaged in the most ambitious and intensive process of reckoning and accountability ever undertaken by any society. After a million murders in a hundred days, justice was impossible; instead, Rwanda’s community courts encouraged confession and forgiveness. “Truth heals,” was the slogan. But the truth is also a wound. Philip Gourevitch, the author of the classic account of the genocide, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, now brings us stories of survivors and killers living again as neighbors against all expectations.
Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, the former editor of The Paris Review, and the author of three books, including We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998), which won numerous honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the George K. Polk Book Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has written extensively on politics and culture from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Gourevitch's lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Allegheny College Law & Policy Program.