Events in 2014

  • 2014-11-20: Making and Unmaking Nations: Leadership, War, and Genocide in Contemporary Africa, 7 pm
, Enterprise Center, Room 106, Central Campus, Salem State University. Scott Straus, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will discuss the subject of his forthcoming book, examining why some situations escalate to mass violence against civilians while others do not.  The presentation will focus on the cases of Rwanda and Sudan, as well as Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Based on his original research in these countries, Straus argues that political leadership and ideology are the essential factors determining pathways of violence during intense crises. Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 
and The Sonia Schreiber-Weitz Series. Flyer here.
  • 2014-10-25: Amnesty International’s Northeast Regional Conference, 8am-7pm,   George Sherman Union, Boston University.  Learn about Human Rights issues. Meet Human Rights Defenders. Over 26 workshops on issues: Death Penalty, Torture, Immigration, Human Rights. More information here.  Register here.
  • 2014-10-22: Screening of “The Good Lie,” 7pm, AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont South, Boston. RSVP here. The Good Lie tells the amazing story of the ‘Lost Boys and Girls” who fled what is now South Sudan. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil. Sponsored by The Enough Project and Oxfam America. The event includes special guests to answer questions about the history of Sudan’s conflicts. Trailer and information about the film here.
  • 2014-08-21: Lessons and challenges from ongoing genocide in Sudan, 7:30pm, Temple B’nai Brith, 201 Central St., Somerville, featuring Eric Cohen. Flyer here.
  • 2014-08-19: Human Rights Defenders in Sudan, 7pm, NonProfit Center, 89 South St., Boston. Amnesty International Group 151, Boston will have a special guest for their August meeting. Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah will be the guest speaker for a discussion about human rights and human rights defenders in Sudan. Dr. Mohammed is a highly respected professor of medicine, physician, community leader and human rights advocate. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, presented annually to individuals who risk their lives for human rights.
  • 2014-05-27: Congo Advocacy Day at the State House, 1-4 PM, Room 437, Massachusetts State House, Boston. Flyer here.
  • 2014-05-04: JCRC’s Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom Hashoah, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Faneuil Hall, Boston. “Sharing Memories: From Generation to Generation” will feature survivor and scholar Dr. Anna Ornstein. Map here. RSVP here.
  • 2014-05-04: Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda, 3 PM, at Saint Mary Magdalen Church, 93 Lakeview Avenue, Tyngsboro. Film screening, presented by Claude Kayitare, a Rwandan survivor, on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Interfaith service at 4:30 PM, followed by a reception. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-27: An Evening of Remembrance: Armenia, the Holocaust, and Rwanda, 6-8 PM, Science Center B, Harvard University. Short documentary film, The Sharps War, by Ken Burns, and a panel discussion on the Holocaust, The Armenian Genocide, and The Rwandan Genocide. Speakers include Carla Garapedian, Chantal Kayitesi, Anna Ornstein, Aliza Luft, Ken Burns, S. Allen Counter and Charlie Clements. Map here.
  • 2014-04-27: Genocide: A Joint Commemoration, 2:00 PM, Armenian Museum of America, 3rd Floor, 65 Main Street, Watertown. The Armenian Museum of America will present a joint commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the Tibetan Genocide and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year’s joint commemoration will feature talks by Tenzin Dorjee, Former Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, Anthony Kasongo, Executive Director of Congolese Genocide Awareness, Inc. and Khatchig Mouradian, Editor of the Armenian Weekly newspaper. Photography exhibitions on Tibet and Congo, and the Museum’s Traveling Armenian Genocide Exhibit will be on display in the 3rd floor galleries. The Museum’s permanent Armenian Genocide exhibition is on display on the Museum’s 2nd floor. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-22: Kwibuka 20: Remembering the Genocide in Rwanda, noon-1:30 PM,  240 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University School of Law. A panel discussion moderated by Professor Margaret Burnham. Panelists will include Chantal Kayitesi, Director, Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES), Professor Timothy Longman, Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of the African Studies Center, Boston University, Claude Muhinda, President, Rwandan Diaspora Organization. Please RSVP here. Map here. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-19: What Happened on April 24, 1915?, 3-6 PM, Democracy Center, Nelson Mandela Room, 45, Mt. Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. A panel discussion on the first day of the Armenian genocide featuring Umit Kurt, Harry Parsekian, Can Ikizler, Nanore Barsoumian, and Varteni Mosditchian. Moderated by Burak Tekin. Organized by BOSTONBUL. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-16: 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, 6-7PM, African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, Room 505, Boston University.  A panel discussion featuring Marie Carine Boggis, Theoneste Ganza, and Timothy Longman. Map here. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-13: 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, 20 years later… An evening of remembrance in honor of the victims of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, 3:30-7:00 PM, Olin Hall, Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES) and the Babson African Student Organization. Map here. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-13: Walk Against Genocide: 20th anniversary commemoration of Rwanda, 1:00-2:30 PM, beginning with a gathering and speakers at Armenian Heritage Park, followed by a walk to the New England Holocaust Memorial and a closing speaker program. Co-sponsored by Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES), Mass. Coalition, JCRC of Greater Boston, Greater Boston Holodomor Remembrance Committee, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, the Coalition to Recognize the Armenian Genocide, and the New England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Armenian Heritage Park is on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, near the Aquarium T-station. Tell us that you will be coming to the walk, by clicking the “Join” button on this facebook page. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-11: 99th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, 10:30 AM – noon, House of Representatives Chamber at the Massachusetts State House, Boston. Keynote speaker will be attorney Mark Geragos. A joint House and Senate resolution will be presented to architect Donald Tellalian, who designed the abstract sculpture at the Armenian Heritage Park. Anahis Kechejian will help lead young people remembering their ancestors who are genocide victims, as part of Stand up for Your Survivor. Children from St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School and the Armenian Sisters’ Academy will sing America the Beautiful and the Armenian National Anthem. The program will end by 12:00 noon, followed by a catered reception in the Great Hall. This is a FREE event and open to everyone. For more information, please contact Lalig Musserian at 617-319-2651 or
  • 2014-04-10: Kwibuka 20: remember-unite-renew, 6-8 PM, Zinner Forum, Brandeis. Candlelit Vigil featuring Chantal Kayitesi, Rwanda genocide survivor and activists. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-07: Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of the victims of the Rwandan Genocide, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Goddard Chapel, Tufts University, Medford. Join the Tufts and Boston communities for interfaith prayers, readings, and a reflection from a Rwandan genocide survivor. Flyer here.
  • 2014-04-07: Remembering Genocide: The Role of Literature and Film, 6:00-7:15 PM, short film and a panel discussion with Sam Kauffmann (BU); Régine-Michelle Jean-Charles (BC), Boston University, Room 204, General Classroom Building, 750 Commonwealth Avenue. More details here.
  • 2014-04-05 and 06: Peace Through Technology, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge. The Build Peace Conference brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Speakers include Kyle Matthews of MISG, Asi Burak, Waidehi Gilbert-Gokhale, Sanjana Hattotuwa, Ethan Zuckerman, Sabina Carlson. [Registration is full].
  • 2014-03-28: From Sudan to Afghanistan: Human Rights in the 113th Congress, a speech by Congressman James McGovern, noon to 1:30 PM, Northeastern University School of Law, 65 Forsyth St, Dockser Hall, Room 240, Boston. RSVP to Anthony at