Posted on December 15, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Joseph Sebarenzi, who lost multiple family members during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, will give an evening lecture and conduct a lunchtime book discussion and signing on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The book signing and discussion will be at noon in the Walls Lounge in the Elaine Langone Center, while the lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the ELC Forum. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sebarenzi lost his parents, seven siblings and numerous other relatives in 1994. Several years later, as a senior government official in a position to exact revenge, he instead pushed for peace and reconciliation. He will discuss and sign his book, titled God Sleeps in Rwanda.

These talks are part of Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Bucknell, a series of programming presented by the President's Diversity Council that is intended to engage campus and local communities in a weeklong conversation about Dr. King's legacy and philosophies and the ways we might address the seemingly intractable problems of violence, hatred and discrimination. This year's theme is Charleston, Rwanda and the Possibilities for Peace.

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