The Department of History sponsored a free public lecture on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 7:00pm in Shrader Lecture Hall with Dr. Timothy Longman, Director of the Boston University African Studies Center and Associate Professor of Political Science. Dr. Longman’s lecture, entitled “Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda, Twenty Years Later”, spoke on the place of Christian churches in Rwanda before, during, and after the genocide.
Prior to arriving at BU, Dr. Longman taught for twelve years at Vassar College. He has also taught in the International Human Rights Exchange at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the National University of Rwanda. From 1995 to 1996, Dr. Longman served as director of the field office of Human Rights Watch in Rwanda. He has subsequently served as a consultant for HRW, the International Center for Transitional Justice, USAID, and the State Department in Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. Dr. Longman is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and of the book Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press.) His work focuses primarily on religion and politics, human rights, ethnic identity and politics, and gender and politics. He studies primarily Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. Dr. Longman teaches International Human Rights and Problems and Issues of Contemporary Africa.