February 15, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

courtesy APBSpeakersLEWISBURG, Pa. — Paul Rusesabagina will give the talk, "Hotel Rwanda: A lesson yet to be learned," on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public as seating permits, is sponsored by the Bucknell Student Lectureship Committee.

Rusesabagina is the humanitarian credited with saving 1,200 refugees during the 100 days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His experience was portrayed in the movie, "Hotel Rwanda."

Called an African "Schindler's List," the film is based on real life events, documenting Rusesabagina's acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees who sheltered in the besieged Mille Collines luxury hotel in Kingali.

After ethnic Hutus began killing their Tutsi neighbors, Rusesabagina - a Hutu married to a Tutsi woman - turned the hotel into an impromptu refugee camp for more than a thousand terrified Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

For his efforts, Rusesabagina received Amnesty's "Enduring Spirit" award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He left Rwanda and in 1996 moved to Belgium, where he runs a trucking business. He is the author of An Ordinary Man, an autobiography and the basis for the film.

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