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EVENT- Forum on Armenian Genocide, Jewish Holocaust & Rwandan Genocide, Apr. 13
Posted by: Armenian Library & Museum <email@example.com>
"Genocide Committed, Genocide Denied, Genocide Repeated"
A Public Forum on the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust and the
Watertown, Mass. – March 24, 2008 – From 1915 to 1922, the Ottoman
Turks led a brutal campaign that killed more than 1 million Armenian
people, in the first genocide of the 20th century. Though the
Armenian Genocide was the initial model of premeditated and systematic
ethnic cleansing, it certainly has not been the last. Among other
genocides, more than 11 million lives were lost during the Holocaust
and more than 1 million lives lost during the Rwandan Genocide.
Sadly, genocidal campaigns have continued into the 21st century,
claiming the lives of more than 50 million people from a number of
regions throughout the world.
On Sunday, April 13, 2008 the Armenian Library and Museum of America
(ALMA) will host "Genocide Committed, Genocide Denied, Genocide
Repeated: A Public Forum in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide,
the Jewish Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide" in conjunction with
Armenian National Committee of America, the Massachusetts Coalition to
Save Darfur, Facing History and Ourselves (Brookline), The Armenian
Assembly of America, The Strassler Family Center for Genocide and
Holocaust Studies at Clark University, Orphans of Rwanda and the
The public is cordially invited to attend this event that aims to
raise awareness about past genocides and the necessity to prevent such
future atrocities. The forum will begin at 2 p.m. in ALMA's
Contemporary Art Gallery with WBZ talk radio host Jordan Rich serving
as the moderator.
Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust and the
Rwandan Genocide will be on hand to answer questions from the audience
and convey their personal experiences and opinions. Professors Roger
Smith and Henry Theriault will also be available to provide their
expertise and knowledge, as will photojournalist and author Lane Montgomery.
Genocide scholar Dr. Roger Smith is a professor emeritus of government
at the College of William and Mary. He has written widely on the
nature, history and prevention of genocide. He is a co-founder and
past president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Professor Smith is director of the Zoryan Institute's Genocide and
Human Rights University Program and chair of the Institute's Academic
Dr. Henry Theriault is a professor at Worcester State College. His
research interests include genocide, nationalism and the philosophy of
history. He has presented papers on the Armenian Genocide around the
world including the University of Tokyo; University of California, Los
Angeles; and Haigazian University in Beirut.
Lane Montgomery recently released Never Again, Again, Again…Genocide:
Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Darfur (Rudder Finn Press; February, 2008; $45), a sobering book that
chronicles six major genocides of the 20th and 21st century through
photographs and text.
The event is free and open to the public and will include Rwandan,
Jewish and Armenian musical interludes. A light reception will follow.
Founded in 1971, ALMA's mission is to present and preserve the
culture, history, art and contributions of the Armenian people to
Americans and Armenians alike. Since its inception, ALMA's collection
has grown to over 26,000 books and 20,000 artifacts, making it perhaps
the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts
outside of Armenia. As a repository for heirlooms, the collection now
represents a major resource not only for Armenian studies research,
but as well as for preservation and illustration of the Armenian
heritage. In 1988, ALMA acquired a 30,000 square-foot facility in
Watertown, MA – one of North America's oldest and most active Armenian
communities. The facility includes exhibition galleries, ALMA's Mesrop
Boyajian Library, administrative offices, function halls,
climate-controlled vaults and conservation lab.
Armenian Museum of America, subdivision of ALMA, is the only
independent Armenian Museum in the Diaspora funded solely through
contributions of individual supporters. An active Board of Trustees
and volunteer base augments the Museum's staff. The Museum maintains
an active schedule of changing exhibits. In addition, the Museum
sponsors lecture and presentation programs on related topics. The
Library is used primarily by researchers and interested general public.
Hours: Friday and Sunday 1:00 to 5 :00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission:
Free admission for ALMA Members; $2 for students; $5 for non-members;
Children 12 and under are free. Driving Directions: Take route 95 to
128 to 90 (Mass Pike East) towards Watertown. Take exit
17-Watertown/Newton. Go North 1 mile towards Watertown Square. As
you cross the small bridge, get into the 2 left lanes. Turn left onto
Main Street. Turn right onto Church Street, and then turn right into
the municipal parking lot. MBTA Buses: 71, 70/70A, 57, 52, 59, 502,
504. Please visit www.mbta.com for schedules and maps.
Armenian Library and Museum of America, Inc.
65 Main Street
Watertown MA 02472
Tel: 617 926 2562
Fax: 617 926 0175
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