Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape

Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape, with Photographer Jonathan Torgovnik NOTE DATE CHANGE

TIME: 05:00 PM -

Book of the Year  "Starting from Scratch" Lecture

440-442-014jpggif.pngHave you experienced the powerful photography exhibit on the 4th and 5th floors of the Wells building? Whether you are seeing it for the first time or visiting again, you won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to meet the author, Jonathan Torgovnik.

Join us on February 8th, as Torgovnik shares the experiences of women survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  

Along with the unforgettable images, Israeli photographer Jonathan Torgovnik has documented the stories of 25 Rwandan women who were victims of rape during the genocide. These women and their children, born of rape, have been shunned and ostracized by their families and communities. Even today, 16 years after the genocide, they continue to live in shame and isolation.

"I first traveled to Rwanda in February of 2006 on assignment for Newsweek magazine," shares Jonathan Torgovnik. This is when he met Odette, "a woman who had been brutally raped during the Rwandan genocide and contracted HIV/AIDS as a result of those encounters. It was the saddest and most powerful interview I have ever experienced. Odette described how her entire family had been killed and recounted, in detail, the abuse she experienced. She also told us that she had become pregnant as a result of the multiple rapes she endured in the genocide, and bore a baby boy. Her horrific story led me to return to Rwanda, embarking upon a personal mission to document the stories of women like Odette and to share them with the international community."

Jonathan Torgovnik

At the lecture, you will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Vincent Sezibera, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and an outpatient consultant and therapist at the NUR University Center for Mental Health. Dr. Sezibera specializes in PTSD and child and adolescent traumatic grief. His doctorate in psychology, from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium focuses on trauma and bereavement among young survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. This spring and summer, Dr. Sezibera is visiting as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at TCSPP-Chicago and Harold Washington Community College.

325 North Wells

Room TBD

Lecture: 5:00 - 5:50 p.m.

Post-lecture discussion: 5:50 - 6:30 p.m.

Wine & Cheese Reception


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This event is sponsored by
Book of the Year Committee
Center for Academic Excellence
Center for International Studies               
Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

The Torgovnik Exhibit is sponsored by
Open Society Institute
Amnesty International
Foundation Rwanda
Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest                           


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The Starting from Scratch lecture series was created to be a forum for scholars, intellectuals, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders to speak about the psychological dimensions of their experience with starting a socially important enterprise from the ground up. Concepts such as invention, creativity, motivation, inspiration, choice, pressure, empowerment, satisfaction, and self-fulfillment will be illuminated from the particular professional and individual perspective of each speaker.

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