Events in 2010

2010-11-18 Primer on Sudan, 7-9 PM, Temple Shalom, Newton, sponsored by AMETI, a partnership between Temple Israel and the Bethel AME church in Jamaica Plain.  A Sudan 101 educational workshop that introduces the history and current conflicts engulfing the region of Africa around the Sudan and presents basic information to people that feel concerned but often confused about activities happening so far from our daily lives.
2010-10-25 Screening of Shake Hands with the Devil, 7-9 PM, Boston College – McGuinn 121, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill.  BC’s Genocide Awareness Committee presents a screening of “Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire” (2005), the story of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, and his command of the United Nations mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Based on General Dallaire’s best selling book of the same title, this documentary film follows Dallaire during his first return trip to Rwanda, early in April 2004 on the 10th anniversary of the genocide, revisiting the killing fields that still haunt him today. “An extraordinary account by a primary witness.” There will be a short discussion after the film, at which point attendees will be able to find out how to get involved with current anti-genocide efforts. Film information here and trailers here and here.
2010-10-24 World Suffering…What Can We Do?, film screening and discussion, 4 PM, Corpus Christi Church Hall (Downstairs), 41 Ash St. Newton (Auburndale).  We have all seen pictures of families with children in the developing world suffering and starving, then wondered how we could possibly help. We have the unique opportunity to learn now. A brief film titled “Darfur, Sudan: A Call to Action, Lessons from Faith Leaders” will be shown along with a discussion about how to raise awareness. Learn about Social Justice and what our faith calls us to do. Please join an interesting discussion with the Social Justice Committee from other Newton parishes. Refreshments will be available. Please note, Ash St. is a one way street. Please access it by way of Auburn St. For questions contact
2010-10-14 Screening of Reporter followed by discussion with Ruth Messinger, 6 PM reception, 7 PM film screening followed by discussion with Ruth Messinger, BU Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Boston. Space is limited. “Reporter” is a riveting documentary about Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s travels to war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Parking at BU Grandby Lot, 655 Commonwealth Ave. RSVP to Pamela Wohl at
2010-10-06 In a Blind World, 7 – 8:30 PM, screening of a film about human rights abuses in Colombia, Iran, and Sierra Leone, by Raouf Jacob, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.  Non-profit film to raise awareness. Free admission. Flyer here.
2010-06-15 Rwanda, Darfur and their meaning for Boston Today, photo exhibit from artist Michal Ronnen Safdie and panel discussion featuring with Gloria White-Hammond and Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 6 PM, Jury Assembly Hall, John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston.  Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur.
2010-06-07 The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, film screening, 7-9 PM, at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, includes an introduction by the filmmaker Lisa Jackson and a panel discussion.  This event is free of charge and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Register here to guarantee seating. “The Greatest Silence” received the 2008 Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and has been heralded as a “poignant and powerful documentary” that exposes the “soul-ripping inhumanity” of systematic kidnappings, rapes, torture and murders of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This documentary illustrates how violence against women is used as a weapon of war and calls for collective action to combat rape and other forms of violence against women in times of war and peace in the DRC and around the world. Panel discussion includes Sarah Kalloch, PHR Outreach Director; Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, former Medical Director, Amel Center, Darfur, Sudan; Jocelyn Kelly, Gender-Based Violence Research Coordinator at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Co-Author of Now, The World Is Without Me: An Investigation of Sexual Violence in eastern DRC.    Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur.  Flyer here. Additional information about the film here.
2010-05-19 Public Service: Activism in Action, 5 PM registration, 5:30-7:00 program, Harvard Science Center, One Oxford Street, Cambridge, featuring Reverend Liz Walker M. Div ’05, award-winning television journalist and current host of “Better Living with Liz Walker” and Gloria White Hammond M. Div ’97 Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston and Executive Director of My Sister’s Keeper. Join the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) for an exciting panel discussion on fighting global hardship with activism. The program focuses on Reverend Walker and Gloria White Hammond’s work in fighting for the emancipation of Sudanese slaves. Alumni and friends of the Harvard community $10.
2010-05-14 STAND in Harmony, benefit concert, 7 PM, Boston Latin School Black Box Theatre, 78 Louis Pasteur Avenue, Boston.  Boston Latin School STAND (a student anti-genocide network) invitees you to their 4th annual benefit concert, STAND in Harmony, featuring a capella groups from the Greater Boston area. Last year, they raised over $2000 for victims of genocide and mass atrocities, and we are hoping to top that this year. There will be food and student-desgned t-shirts being sold at the location of the event. Tickets sold at the door.
2010-05-13 Genocide in Darfur: Then & Now, Jeff Govendo speaking at Andover High School.
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Exhibit to Mark the 95th Anniversary of the Atrocities of The Armenian Genocide, Monday – Thursday 9 am – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 4 pm.  Curated by Gallery Z director Bérge Ara Zobian of Providence, RI,  Produced in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island, the show and main cultural event  will take place in the U.R.I. Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, 1st and 2nd floor gallery lobby, 80 Washington Street, Providence RI 02903. , Directions here and flyer here.
2010-04-29 Mia Farrow speaking on “With Knowledge Comes Responsibility: The Darfur Crisis,” 7 PM, Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall, 145 Brattle St. (corner of Brattle and Sparks streets), Cambridge. Presented through The Dr. Michael and Joyce Kolligian Distinguished Speaker Series, humanitarian activist Mia Farrow will raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur, Chad and the Central African Republic.  A reception and book-signing of her memoir, What Falls Away, will follow the program that is open to the public and a gift to the community. For further information, please contact the Holy Trinity Armenian Church office, 617 354-0632, email or visit the parish website at
2010-04-25 The Last Survivor, screening, 2:15 PM, Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville.  Screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director, Michael Pertnoy, and film characters, Sasha Chanoff and Justin Semahoro Kimenyerwa.  Flyer here.  Film website and trailer here.  THE LAST SURVIVOR is a character-based, feature-length documentary that explores the idea of genocide in the 21st century. Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo – the film presents the stories of Survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate, motivate and promulgate a civic response to mass atrocity crimes. Offering real world examples of Survivors who have become powerful agents of change, The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues today.
2010-04-24 Ecumenical worship service to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, 1:00 PM at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour in Worcester.  Survivors of genocides will attend the service and speak. Sponsored by the Worcester Area Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee.
2010-04-23 95th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, 10:30AM, House of Representatives Chamber, Massachusetts State House, Boston, to be followed by a reception in the Great Hall. For more information contact Representative Peter Koutoujian, 617-722-2220, Representative Jon Hecht, 617-722-2140, Senator Steven Tolman, 617-722-1280, or Tsoleen Sarian 508-561-3697.  Flyer here.
2010-04-22 Carl Wilkens, Witness to Genocide, lecture, 4:30-5:30 PM, Seeyle Hall, Room 106, Smith College, Green Street, Northampton.  Hosted by SmithSTAND, A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, with the Third World Development Studies Department, the Anthropology Department, and the African Studies Department.  On Facebook here.
2010-04-21 Remember, Reflect, Respond; Standing Against Genocide.  Speakers and panel discussion, 7 PM, The ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center, Fletcher School, Tufts University.  Map and directions here. Survivors of the Holocaust, Rwandan genocide, and Cambodian genocide come to share their stories along with a second-generation survivor of the Armenian genocide. Scholars on genocide will speak after the survivors. Scholars include John Norris, Executive Director of the Enough Project, Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the Shoah Foundation Institute at USC, and Professor Gerald Caplan, an international expert on genocide and genocide prevention.  Survivors will speak at 7:00 PM. Scholars will begin 8:30. Co-Sponsored by Tufts STAND and the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur.  Organizers request you RSVP, if attending, via email to
2010-04-20 The River Ran Red, screening, 6:30 PM in the Saxe Room of Worcester Public Library, Part Three of the “The Witness Trilogy,”  by Michael Hagopian. Sponsored by the Worcester lodge of the Knights of Vartan.
2010-04-17 16 Years Later, an evening of remembrance to honor the victims of the genocide in Rwanda and praise the resilience and courage of the survivors, 3:00-8:30 PM, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester.  Event organized by FORGES (Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors) and sponsored by Paraclete Foundation.  Agenda for the evening here.
2010-04-10 The Greatest Silence, screening, 3:00 PM, MIT 6-120.  Location on the MIT campus map here.
2010-04-09 The Armenian Genocide: 95 Years Later, 8-9:30 PM, panel discussion on academic and personal reflections, moderated by Debórah Dwork, Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, Clark University.  A ground-breaking workshop on the Armenian Genocide, hosted by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research.
2010-03-31 Panel discussion on sexual violence and conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo,7-10 PM, Starr Auditorium, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School  featuring John Prendergast of the ENOUGH Project, Michael VanRooyen, MD of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Susan Bartels, MD, currently emergency attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and long-time advocate of women’s health. A reception is to follow the panel.
Lin Piwowarczyk exhibitArt Exhibit: “Women of Darfur, from Chad to Cambridge,” featuring photography by Lin Piwowarczyk, Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect Street, Cambridge, 617-354-5287.  Proceeds to benefit women at Farchana Refugee Camp, eastern Chad.  Exhibit opens with a reception on February 26 and continues through March 26.
2010-03-12 A Survivor’s Story, 7pm, St. John’s Prep, 72 Spring Street, Danvers, in the Administration Building Chapel.  El-Fadel Arbab, a survivor of the Darfur genocide, will speak about his experience. El-Fadel was 12 years old when his village was attacked. He was told by his father that if ever they were attacked he was to climb a tree and stay quiet no matter what he saw. From a tree he watched as people he had grown up with were murdered. Separated from his family for four years, he was eventually reunited with most of them and currently lives in Portland, ME. After a question and answer session, El-Fadel looks forward to meeting all guest at a reception in the Student Commons. Donations will be collected and 100% of the proceeds will go to support Sultan Tajadine School, a school for child survivors of genocide, in Djabal refugee camp, Chad.
2010-03-09 Current Conditions in Sudan, 7:00–9:00 PM, MIT 66-110, featuring Sarah Rial.  Sarah Rial is Program Director of My Sister’s Keeper for Kunyuk School for Girls in Southern Sudan, the Women’s Peace School (adult literacy) in Southern Sudan, and the Sisterhood for Peace that supports the growth of network of Sudanese women. Sarah has represented MSK in the International Criminal Court and the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs.  She recently returned from Doha, Qatar, as part of a Sudanese women’s delegation.  Event sponsored by MIT STAND.  Location on the MIT campus map here.
2010-03-08 An Evening with Two Survivors of Genocide, 6:30–8:00 PM, Temple Ner Tamid, Lowell St., Peabody, featuring Rena Greenup, Holocaust survivor from Greece, and Franco Majok, “Lost Boys of Sudan.”  (March 22 snow date), . Students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend with their parents. Open to the Public.  Reservations suggested; call 978-531-8288.  Sponsored by The Holocaust Center, Boston North Inc. Hosted by Temple Ner Tamid and The Men’s Club.
2010-03-04 Witness, Collaborator, or Perpetrator, 7-9 PM, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Rabb Lecture Hall, lower level. Featured Speaker: Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Scott Miller will share testimonies and challenge you to form your own judgments about the behavior and responsibility of witnesses. Reservations are requested. Please contact the Museum’s New England Regional Office at or 202.488.6585 or register online here.
2010-02-26 Art Benefit: “Women of Darfur, from Chad to Cambridge,” featuring photography by Lin Piwowarczyk, opening reception, 6-8 PM, Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect Street, Cambridge, 617-354-5287.  Proceeds to benefit women at Farchana Refugee Camp, eastern Chad.  Exhibit will be open through March 26.
2010-02-23 Devil Came on Horseback screening and discussion with producer Gretchen Steidle Wallace, 7 PM, Red River Theaters, 11 S. Main Street, Concord, NH.  Sponsored by World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Genocide Elimination Network-NH, and Sisterhood for Peace.  Flyer here.