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Nov. 7, 2008

Real-life hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda' Paul Rusesabagina to speak at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Paul Rusesabagina, a businessman who became the hero of one of the worst holocausts on the African continent, will speak at Birmingham-Southern College Nov. 11.

Rusesabagina will deliver the 2008 Alex P. Stirling Lecture in the Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall on the BSC campus at 7 p.m.

The Stirling Lecture is sponsored annually by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of the Birmingham-Southern student who died of cancer in 1995.

As a Hutu manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, Central Africa, Rusesabagina sheltered more than 1,200 people, including his own wife and children, during a two-month siege saving their lives at a time when extremists massacred more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes in just 100 days.

Considered the “Rwandan Schindler,” Rusesabagina's story and that of the genocide is chronicled in the critically acclaimed film “Hotel Rwanda.” He will share his story firsthand in hopes that future events of this type can be prevented.

Rusesabagina will hold a book signing of his autobiography outside the Bruno Great Hall immediately following the lecture. The Stirling Lecture is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information about the lecture, contact 205-226-4729. For more information about the speaker, go to

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