Rwanda: Twenty Years After and Global Prospects of Conflict Resolution

  • on 24 Apr 2014
  • Gailor Auditorium

As the world marks the 20th anniversary of genocidal tragedy in Rwanda, and will also be marking Holocaust Recollection Day toward the end of this month, it seems fitting that we identify an occasion to reflect together across this campus on the broad topic of peace, violence, and conflict resolution. 

Our presenter April 24 is Oumar Cherif Diop, associate professor of English as well as of African and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Diop has been engaged in inquiry about these issues for some time, particularly as they concern nations on the African continent and lessons learned from the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Among his publications are articles addressing themes such as "The Rhetoric of Violence in African Literature." 

A discussion will follow the talk. This exchange will be moderated by Dean Larry Jones, who has a useful and timely perspective to contribute, since he recently visited a program in Belgrade (Serbia) and Prishtina (Kosovo) run by the School for International Training (SIT) to consider its appropriateness for Sewanee students. This program is described by SIT as an opportunity for students to "gain firsthand knowledge of peace-building, reconciliation, and the struggle for human rights."