Library Talk: “God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation”


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    2015•09•24    18:30 - 20:30

    On 24 September 2015, UNU will host a Library Talk at which  Masako Yonekawa (Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Rikkyo University), the translator of God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation by Joseph Sebarenzi and Laura Ann Mullane (Atria Books, 2009), and host Go Suzuki (student, College of Sociology, Rikkyo University) will discuss the legacy of one of the biggest genocides of the 20th century.

    The memoir narrates the tragedy of a small country in central Africa, the loss of the author’s entire family and of becoming a refugee in multiple countries. It is also a story of looking back at painful memories, examining what went wrong, identifying ways of preventing violence, and working together on reconciliation.

    Yonekawa continues to study the state of Rwandan refugees, and this Library Talk provides a good opportunity to discuss about conflict and peace in Rwanda.


    This Library Talk is open to the public and will be in English and Japanese. Advanced registration is required (by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, 23 September 2015). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.


    Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in International and Intercultural Management and a Ph.D. in International Law. He served as a member of the Rwandan Parliament from 1997 to 2000. Today he teaches human rights and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in the United States and serves as an advisor to the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) in the United States Department of Justice.

    Laura Ann Mullane is a freelance writer with articles published in The Washington Post, Open Skies, Hemispheres, and other outlets. She is also the author of Swimming for Shore: Memoirs of a Reluctant Mother.


    Masako Yonekawa is a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at the Rikkyo University and the translator of the book God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation. She has previously worked with UNHCR in Rwanda and DR Congo.


    Go Suzui is an undergraduate student at the College of Sociology, Rikkyo University.

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