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Common book: 2008-2009

An Ordinary Man, Paul Rusesabagina

A Lesson Before Dying book jacket

The 2008-2009 school year brought Paul Rusesabagina's autobiography An Ordinary Man into the hands and minds of CEHD students, faculty, and staff. Rusesabagina's inspiring transformation from hotelier to protector of neighbors and strangers caught in the middle of the Rwandan conflict provides a powerful answer to the question "Can one person make a difference?" Students had a rare opportunity to bring their inquiries to Rusesabagina, in person at the November 3, 2008 event at the Northrop Auditorium.