Rwanda: Confronting a Painful Past

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 12:00am
On September 2, 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted a panel discussion that addressed the role of testimony in the process of national mourning, transitional justice, and memorialization, in the 16 years since the Rwandan genocide.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2010—LOS ANGELES—In the 16 years since the genocide in Rwanda, a number of international, national, and communal measures have been implemented to construct a unified future for Rwanda without forgetting about the past.  Today, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted a panel discussion that addressed the role of testimony in the process of national mourning, transitional justice, and memorialization.

Participants in the panel discussion, titled Rwanda:  Confronting a Painful Past, included Beth Meyerowitz, USC Professor of Psychology; Mathilde Mukantabana, Professor of History at Cosumnes River College and President of Friends of Rwanda Association; Freddy Mutanguha, Director of the Kigali Memorial Centre and Secretary General of IBUKA; and James Smith, CEO of Aegis Trust.  Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, moderated the discussion.

Rwanda:  Confronting a Painful Past was made possible through generous funding by the ACE Charitable Foundation.

 

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