Lt. General Romeo Dallaire
Date: November 18 2004
Children and War
General Dallaire with Reverend Carl Wilkens
November 18, 3:30 p.m.
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
November 18, 7 p.m.
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Lieutenant General Roméo A. Dallaire’s courageous and humanitarian actions saved the lives of thousands of Rwandans in 1994, when he led the United Nations (UN) mission in Rwanda. Although he and his UN troops did not have the mandate to intervene in the genocide that occurred there, he did not freeze in the face of horror. Against political pressure to take sides in the conflict, Dallaire remained impartial and his courage, compassion and integrity earned him one of Canada’s most prestigious military honors, the Meritorius Service Cross.
Dallaire has, over a 34-year career in the military, combined his exemplary humanitarian vision with the highest ethical military principles. He has been honored on numerous occasions for outstanding professionalism, honor, altruism, resourcefulness and bravery. In the spring of 2000, Dallaire retired early from the military to become special advisor to the Canadian minister for international cooperation, tending to the plight of children in war-torn countries. In January, 2004, he received the inaugural Aegis Award from the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Great Britain.
Dallaire is fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard and author of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.
General Dallaire’s visit to Lewis & Clark is sponsored by the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark, the Student Academic Affairs Board, the Lewis & Clark Chapel Program, the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, and Arts & Ideas. Special thanks to Lewis & Clark College senior Michael Graham who conceived of this residency, secured funding, and invited General Dallaire. Graham traveled to Rwanda in Summer 2004 on a Student Academic Affairs Board grant to create a film commemorating the Rwandan Genocide.
General Dallaire will be joined by Reverend Carl Wilkens for the afternoon panel on Children in War. Wilkens was the only American to stay in Rwanda during the genocide to assist Rwandans seeking safety.
Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, is available for purchase at the College Bookstore and after his lectures.
General Dallaire’s presentations are free and open to the public.