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Reflecting on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and Civil War

April 6, 2019

This event, held on the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and civil war, explores what we know and what we do not know with leading scholars in the field. It also featured the debut of the first installment of Christian Davenport and Darick Ritter’s nonfiction graphic novel, called RW-94: Reflections on Rwanda. The book bridges a gap between storytelling and social science and moves deeper into a systematic understanding of 1994 Rwanda, Rwanda itself, and the complexity of understanding the diverse forms of political violence that happened alongside the genocide.


1:30 PM: Welcome and Introductions: Laura Beny, associate director of the African Studies Center and Christian Davenport, co-director of the International Institute's Conflict and Peace Initiative

1:40-2:40 PM: Presentation by Christian Davenport and Darick Ritter on their book, RW-94: Reflections on Rwanda

2:40-3:40 PM: Public Round Table with Rwanda Research Scholars: Christian Davenport (professor of political science at University of Michigan), Cyanne Loyle (associate professor of political science at Indiana University), Jens Meierhenrich (associate professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science), and Luc Reydams (professor of law at Catholic University of Lublin and associate professor at the University of Notre Dame)

3:40-5:00 PM: RW-94: Reflections on Rwanda Art Display and Reception