Spring 2014 Events
The Center for International Studies presents the Eighth Annual Paul Garcia Lecture: "The Rwandan Genocide 20 Years Later: Moral Dillemmas and Political Accountability in Africa Today". Father Elias Opongo SJ, PhD is a specialist in peace studies and transitional (post-conflict) justice and is the director of the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tuesday, February 4 at SLU Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium at 6 pm as three survivors of large scale Syrian massacres share their stories. Each of these survivors will give not only a recount of what they witnessed during the massacres, but also share a message of endurance, hope, dedication, and inspiration.
Two of the survivors will recount the chemical weapons attack that occurred on August 21, 2013; the same chemical weapons attack that inspired the international community to put their foot down and work to stop Assad's brutal crackdown on the Syrian people.
The third account will be by a man who heard the gunshots that killed over 32 people within a few hours, the youngest victim being only one month old.Our 3 guests will be joined by a representative of the local civil council in Daraya. He will also share his first-hand account of the Syrian democratic uprising and will offer his account to the atrocities witnessed in Daraya since the start of the revolution in March 2011.
This event is open to the public and will not only give insight into what Syrians are enduring every day, but also provide a message of hope, determination, and inspiration to educate the world and inspire them to stand with Syrians in their cause for freedom, dignity, and justice for all. This is a FREE event; however, a $10 Donation would be appreciated to cover the cost of the tour.
Here is a link to the flyer.