Hotel Rwanda Inspiration to Speak at Widener Oct. 27
Public Relations - Published: October 23, 2008
RusesabaginaPaulThe law school community is invited to view remarks by Philadelphia Speaker Series lecturer Paul Rusesabagina via remote access, broadcast live to the two law campuses this month.

Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the Academy award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, will speak in Alumni Auditorium on the main campus at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 about his own experience with the horrors of genocide. Those interested in watching from the Delaware campus are invited to room 126 in the Main Law Building, or room 178 in the Administration Building on the Harrisburg campus.

For two months in 1994, Rusesabagina held insanity at bay as he watched his country fall into the grips of genocide. A Hutu manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, he sheltered more than 1,200 people, including his own Tutsi wife and children, saving their lives at a time when extremists massacred more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes in just 100 days.

Today, Rusesabagina travels the world with his message of hope, peace, and “never again.” He founded the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation, which provides support, care, and assistance to children orphaned by, and women abused during, the genocide in Rwanda.
Rusesabagina’s afternoon appearance at Widener is in advance of his appearance in the Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by the university at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Rusesabagina will appear at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Kimmel Center, but tickets for that event are sold out.