Rwanda : Canadian University academics learn about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis



Canadian university professor Amanda Grzyb and five graduate students from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) are in Rwanda on genocide related research. While in Rwanda they will visit genocide memorial sites, and participate in a panel at the Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) and a workshop at the Kigali Institute for Education’s Centre for Gender, Culture and Development (CGCD).

In her words, Professor Grzyb said: “For the last three years, I taught Holocaust classes that involved trips to sites of memory in Poland,” says Dr. Grzyb. “I am very pleased that my students can travel to Rwanda to learn about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi from local educators, survivors, scholars, and memorial guides.”

Prof. Grzyb, who is also Assistant Professor of Information and Media Studies at UWO, Canada, does research on media and genocide, particularly the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Darfur.

She is brings five graduate students to Rwanda as part of her new course on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  The group will be here for 12 days


This is Prof Grzyb’s second visit to Rwanda. In 2010 she gave a public lecture on Media Failures during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, sponsored by KIE’s CGCD.

After visiting the National Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Ntarama memorial and Nyamata memorial, the students from Canada will attend a workshop with students of KIE, led by Prof Gertrude Fester and Prof Shirley Randell, Director of CGCD.

The group will then visit the Murambi Memorial and Bisesero Memorial before coming back to Kigali to attend a panel with the Institute for Genocide Studies (IGSC) and CNLG.

Speakers at the panel will include Aloys Mahwa, Director of the IGSC, Jean de Dieu Mucyo, Executive Director of CNLG, Senator Wellars Gasamagera, and Prof Grzyb.

The group is traveling to Rwanda under the hospices of a generous International Curriculum Fund Grant from UWO. UWO has a memorandum of understanding with KIE which fosters such exchanges.


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