More than 700 attend lecture by Rwandan genocide survivor

Sep 15, 2010

More than 700 people attended the Sept. 13 lecture by Rwandan genocide survivor and New York Times best selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza. The lecture, co-sponsored by Newman, Legatus – Wichita Chapter, and The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies, drew about 400 people to the Performance Hall and another 300 people who listened via a live video feed in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

Ilibagiza’s lecture, “Faith, Hope and Forgiveness,” was drawn from her experience in 1994 during the Rwanda genocide, when she and seven other women survived the mass killings by spending 91 days huddled silently together in a cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house. During her time in hiding, Ilibagiza overcame her anger and resentment by turning to faith. Click here to learn more about Ilibagiza.