Roméo Dallaire speaks in Lacombe on March 20

Part of Burman University’s Herr Lecture Series

Former senator and retired Canadian general Roméo Dallaire will speak in Lacombe on March 20 as part of Burman University’s Herr Lecture Series.

The lecture at Centennial Hall in Lacombe Memorial Centre runs 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.

During his talk, International Conflict Resolution in this New Era, Dallaire looks at whether conflict can be prevented.

Dallaire wrote, Shake Hands with the Devil, a stirring account of his personal experiences as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda.

Dallaire provided the UN with information about the planned massacre, but permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces. Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian soldiers and military observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill their ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge.

The book was also released as a full-length feature film and won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary.

Lacombe Memorial Centre is located at 5214 50th Ave. Doors open 30 minutes before the event and seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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