The St. Mary’s University President’s Peace Commission will feature a series of lectures and discussions on the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, including the involvement of a high-ranking U.S. State Department official and the Rwandan ambassador.

The program titled “Genocide in Darfur: Responding to Their Cries”will begin Monday, Oct. 22, with a candlelight vigil and viewing of the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback. Other highlights of the four-day program include a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 23 on the brutal history of Darfur that will feature Jason Small, deputy director of African affairs for the U.S. Department of State’s Sudan Policy Group. On Thursday, Oct. 25, H.E. Eng James Kimonyo, the Republic of Rwanda’s ambassador to the U.S., will participate in a discussion titled “Recovering from Genocide: Truth and Reconciliation”.

The multiple panel discussions and presentations will be held each day through Thursday, Oct. 25.

All events will be held on the St. Mary’s campus in the University Center, conference room A, with the exception of  the vigil on Monday, which will start at the Barrett Memorial Bell Tower.

The President’s Peace Commission was established in 1984 with a mission to raise awareness among the St. Mary’s and San Antonio communities about issues of peace and justice. The Commission develops and hosts multi-day programs every fall and spring semester for students, faculty, staff and the San Antonio community. To date, more than 35 programs have been held with a combined attendance of more than 75,000 people.

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