‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero to speak at Binghamton University Homecoming


     Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of the Rwandan genocide immortalized by Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 12, in the Binghamton University Events Center.

     Rusesabagina’s speech, titled “Hotel Rwanda: A lesson Yet to be Learned,” will touch on the events of the 1994 acts of genocide, the political climate in Africa and the international response to the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan. 

     The 2004 Academy Award nominated film Hotel Rwanda tells the story of Rusesabaginas’s heroism in saving the lives of more than 1,200 people during the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people in just under 100 days.  For over three months, Rusesabagina used his influence and connections as temporary manager of the Mille Collines Hotel to shelter over 1,260 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by government militia.

     Rusesabagina was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Immortal Chaplains Prize for Humanity and the National Civil Rights Freedom Award.  

     Tickets for the presentation will go on sale August 28 at the University Union’s Tillman box office, the Events Center box office or on-line by visiting http://eventscenter.binghamton.edu/concerts.htm. 

     Advance tickets cost $3 for the general public and $5 if purchased the day of the event.  Advance tickets are free for anyone with a valid student I.D. card and $3 if purchased at the door.  All proceeds will go to the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.

     Rusesabagina’s presentation is sponsored by Hillel at Binghamton, the Binghamton University Alumni Association, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the University Convocations Committee, the Office of the Provost, the College of Community and Public Affairs and the Multicultural Resource Center.

    For more information contact Hillel at Binghamton at 607-777-3424.

Last Updated: 9/17/13