April 5, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Alison Des Forges of Human Rights Watch will speak on "'Enemies Everywhere: 'Self-Defense,' International Inaction and the Genocide in Rwanda" on Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall at Amherst College, and again on Tuesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room at Smith College. Both talks are free and open to the public.

A MacArthur Fellow, Des Forges serves as expert witness to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and has provided evidence on the Rwandan genocide to judicial authorities in Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S., and assisted several international investigations. As co-chair of the 1993 International Commission of Investigation into Human Rights Abuse in Rwanda, Des Forges reported on the massacres that presaged the 1994 genocide, and chaired the 1994 International Commission that investigated slaughter in Burundi.

Trained as a historian at Harvard and Yale universities, Des Forges is the author of Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda (2000), which received the Lemkin Award of the Institute for the Study of Genocide.

Des Forges's lecture at Amherst is supported by the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum for Social Justice and the Amherst College Department of History. Her talk at Smith is sponsored by the African Studies Program and the Departments of Government and History at Smith College. Both talks received support from the Five College Lecture Committee.