- Apr 18 Mac Jazz
- Apr 25 Spring Dance Concert
- Apr 25 Macalester Choirs: Bach Cantata #161 & Fauré Requiem
- Apr 27 Spring Dance Concert
- Apr 27 Macalester Chamber Ensembles Concert
- May 3 Macalester African Music Ensemble
- May 5 Naming Ceremony for the Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art
- May 6 Classes End
- May 7 HARAMBEE! A Celebration of Multicultural Life at Macalester
- May 11 Chopin Society presents pianist Richard Goode
For three weeks in July, Seong Kyul Park ’12—along with 20 other American and Rwandese participants—studied genocide and reconstruction in Kigali, Rwanda, through a summer program offered by the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC).
The center is directed by Jean-Pierre Karegeye, an assistant professor of French and Francophone studies at Macalester.
The IGSC program, which consisted of cultural excursions, site visits, and classroom sessions, helped participants understand how mass violence comes about and how it can be prevented in the future. Visits to memorial and genocide sites, Q&A sessions with genocide survivors and perpetrators, as well as seminars with Rwandan national prosecutors, aid workers, activists, artists, journalists, and more provided a comprehensive overview of Rwanda’s continuing transformation from its tumultuous past.
After the month-long IGSC program ended, Park stayed in Rwanda for one more month as part of the Global Youth Connect program. The program included human rights workshops, and participants partnered with local human rights and development non-government organizations (NGOs). Park partnered with the Association de la Jeunesse pour la Promotion des Droits de l’Homme et le Développement (AJPRODHO), an NGO that works on the issue of gender-based violence through education, theater, and advocacy.