By Helen Fessenden - 03/28/07 07:12 PM EDT
John Rucyahana, The Bishop of Rwanda. This Anglican bishop (and ethnic Tutsi) returned to his native Rwanda three years after the 1994 genocide to reach out to both survivors and perpetrators. As part of this effort, he helped to establish a prison ministry, new schools, and programs for orphans. As he recounts his journey, he also delves into the role of the clergy in both sides of the genocide. 7 p.m. Olsson’s at The Lansburgh/Penn Quarter, 418 7th St., N.W., (202) 638-7610.
Joseph Cirincione, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. An expert at the Center for American Progress, Cirincione argues that counter-proliferation efforts should look beyond headline-grabbers such as North Korea and Iran. A more robust strategy should address how and why states stockpile nuclear arms, and how to reduce nuclear risks. 6 p.m., Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W., (202) 364-1919.
Harriet A. Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. The Tuskegee experiments are well known today, but they were just the tip of the iceberg. Washington’s study examines the grim history of white scientists using black Americans as guinea pigs, from Thomas Jefferson’s day to modern times. 2 p.m., Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince George’s, 3500 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, Md., (301) 559-1140.
Bill Bradley, The New American Story. Bradley may not be running in 2008, but he’s put together a book that serves up meaty policy recommendations with broader ruminations about ideology and Democratic identity. Note to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: Bradley doesn’t think the party will find its answer in charismatic “celebrity candidates.” 5 p.m., Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W., (202) 364-1919.
Christopher Buckley, Boomsday. The master of Washington satire is back. In his latest novel, the protagonist is a young blogger who suggests that Baby Boomers kill themselves when they turn 75 as a way to solve the Social Security crisis. 7 p.m., Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W., (202) 364-1919.
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