Library Talk: God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation


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    2015•09•24    18:30 - 20:30

    On 24 September 2015, the UNU will host a Library Talk, where the host, Go Suzuki (Student, College of Sociology, Rikkyo University) and Masako Yonekawa (Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Rikkyo University), the translator of the book God sleeps in Rwanda: a journey of transformation by Joseph Sebarenzi and Laura Ann Mullane (Atria Books, 2009), will discuss the legacy of one of the biggest genocides of the 20th century.

    The memoir narrates the tragedy of a small country in central Africa, the author’s loss of his entire family and of becoming a refugee in multiple countries. It also tells the story of looking back at painful memories, examining what went wrong, identifying ways of preventing violence, and working together on reconciliation.

    The translator of the book, Yonekawa continues to study the state of Rwandan refugees and this Library Talk provides a good opportunity to discuss conflict and peace in Rwanda.


    Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi holds a BA in Sociology, MA in International and Intercultural Management and a Ph.D. in International Law. He served as a member of the Rwandan Parliament from 1997 to 2000. Today he teaches human rights and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in the United States and serves as an advisor to the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) in the United States Department of Justice. Dr. Sebarenzi frequently speaks about conflict management, forgiveness and reconciliation at universities and public events.

    Laura Ann Mullane is a freelance writer with articles published in The Washington PostOpen SkiesHemispheres, and other outlets. She is also the author of Swimming for Shore: Memoirs of a Reluctant Mother.


    Masako Yonekawa is a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at the Rikkyo University and a translator of the book God sleeps in Rwanda: a journey of transformationShe has previously worked with UNHCR in Rwanda and DR Congo.


    Go Suzui is an undergraduate student at the College of Sociology, Rikkyo University.

    Questions for the author

    The event will include a Q&A session with the author in the form of a pre-recorded video message. Please submit your questions in advance (by Thursday, 10 September 2015, 16:00) via the following channels:  email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360).


    This Library Talk is open to the public and will be in English and Japanese. Advanced registration is required (by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, 23 September 2015).  Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

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