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Colloquium: “How do Moral Beacons Foster Community?” with Rwandan genocide survivor Deo Niyizonkiza

Hanesbrand Theater in Winston-Salem, NC 

Tuesday April 17th and Wednesday 18th, 2018

Do moral beacons enable people to work across differences that exist across different communities (as moral beacons such as Martin Luther King Jr. did), or does the current climate mean that our silo-ed communities are doomed to have their own moral beacons? Can “moral beacons” foster positive societal change? Does a lack of moral beacons in contemporary society indicate deeper problems in our community? We believe that the time is ripe for a discussion of the role “moral beacons” have in fostering community and dialogue across different communities, as well as their place in contemporary society.


5:30 – 6pm Refreshments provided by Providence Restaurant and Catering

6pm – 6:10 Opening Remarks

6:10 – 6:50 Larry Walker, Professor of Psychology at University of British Columbia, Moral Psychology Research Knowledge Expert

7:00 – 7:40 Deo Niyizonkiza, protagonist of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s bestselling book Strength in What Remains

7:40 – 8:00 Reception, books for sale by Bookmarks

*A shuttle is available for students, leaving Benson at 5:00PM and will return to campus following the program.*

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Hanesbrand Theater 209 Spruce St N, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Speakers, Lectures, Multicultural / International, Community, Next Week at Wake, Rethinking Community


Academics, Philosophy, Psychology, Administrative, Provost

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, First-Year Students



Free - registration is required

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Kathleen McKee left a positive review 4/17/2018

Great turnout and great talks

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