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Discuss Running the Rift with Portland area alumni
- 9:00 PM
Thursday May 8, 2014
Hosted by Valerie Plummer '99
Discuss Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron with alumni in the Portland area. The discussion will be led by Valerie Plummer '99.
If you plan to attend, please contact Valerie via email to RSVP and for directions.
Where to find it:
Libraries: Multnomah County - Washington County
Vendors: Amazon - Good Reads
Running the Rift follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan boy, from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life, a ten-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions. Born a Tutsi, he is thrust into a world where it’s impossible to stay apolitical—where the man who used to sell you gifts for your family now spews hatred, where the girl who flirted with you in the lunchroom refuses to look at you, where your Hutu coach is secretly training the very soldiers who will hunt down your family.
Yet in an environment increasingly restrictive for the Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream of becoming Rwanda’s first Olympic medal contender in track, a feat he believes might deliver him and his people from this violence. When the killing begins, Jean Patrick is forced to flee, leaving behind the woman, the family, and the country he loves. Finding them again is the race of his life.--naomibenaron.com
Contact: Valerie Plummer '99, firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is for: Alumni