Humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero from the film “Hotel Rwanda,” will speak at UCF on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Rusesabagina’s presentation, “Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned,” will begin at 3 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The event, organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, is free and open to the public.
For two months, Rusesabagina watched his country fall into the grips of genocide in 1994. A Hutu manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, he sheltered more than 1,200 people, including his own Tutsi wife and children, saving their lives at a time when extremists massacred more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes in just 100 days.
Considered the “Rwandan Schindler,” his story and that of the genocide are chronicled in the critically acclaimed film “Hotel Rwanda,” an account of a man finding courage within himself to save others in the midst of his country’s darkest moment.
In addition to the Global Perspectives Office, sponsors of Rusesabagina’s presentation include the UCF Student Government Association, The Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship program, Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation, LarsonAllen LLP, the UCF Political Science Department, the UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, the UCF Office of Diversity Initiatives, the UCF International Services Center, UCF LIFE and the Global Connections Foundation.