Activist Carl Wilkens to Speak on Rwandan Genocide April 26

By Kathleen Tuck | Apr 13th, 2011  |  Campus News

Boise State University’s Honors College has invited Carl Wilkens, former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda, to give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Special Events Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is titled, “Who is My Brother and Who is the Other: Stories of Resistance from the Rwandan Genocide,” and it will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Wilkens will recount his experiences working with high-ranking Rwandans, most of whom participated in the murder of almost 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus, to bring aid to orphans trapped around the country. He will relate the lessons he learned while in Rwanda to the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

Wilkens was one of the only Americans to remain in Kigali, Rwanda, once the genocide began in 1994. After returning home in 1996, Wilkens became a high school teacher until 2008, when he decided to dedicate his life to public outreach. He currently is director of World Outside My Shoes, a non-profit educational and professional development organization that is committed to inspiring and equipping people to enter the world of “The Other.”

For more information, call 426-1122.

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