Events in 2015

  • 2015-10-09 to 10-10: Symposium on Genocide and World History, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, sponsored by New England World History Association, Bryant University and the CHGS. The program will include a Friday-evening, free public lecture and book-signing by Christopher J. Dodd, co-author of Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice, which details the work of Thomas J. Dodd, lead American counsel at Nuremberg, and a full day of panels on Saturday, plus a Saturday-morning workshop for teachers, “Using Role-Immersion Games to Help Students Understand Issues of Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention.” A panel on genocide and mass graves including papers from Stephenie Young, Chris Mauriello and Tommy O’Connell will be presented on Saturday. Draft program here.
  • 2015-10-06: Screening of “Watchers of the Sky,” *** CANCELLED-to be rescheduled *** Community Room, first floor, 89 South Street, Boston. Located a short walk from South Station on the Red Line. Parking near the station at 750 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. Trailer here. Sponsored by Amnesty Group 133 Refugee Action Team and Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur. RSVP requested to rsaulnier@hotmail.com if attending.
  • 2015-09-24: Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education hearing on H.473, an Act Concerning Genocide Education, 10AM, State House room Room B-1, Boston.
  • 2015-07-25: Moving Beyond Witness, 5K Run-Walk, 9AM start, Hormel Stadium, Locust Street, Medford. The 5K Run-Walk will start and end at the Mystic River Bend Reservation located next to Hormel Stadium, accessible by T from the Wellington station or by car with plenty of free parking available. Entertainment and refreshments following the race. Proceeds to benefit Congolese Genocide Awareness (CGA) in the support of Congo war survivors. Details on DRCGA.ORG website. Register for $25 online in advance or $30 on the day of the race from 7:30-8:45AM. Flyer here.
  • 2015-07-11: Srebrenica 20th Anniversary Commemoration, 9AM-1PM, march and vigil, beginning at Victory Park, Manchester, NH and continuing to Derryfield Park, Louis Israel Martel Dr., Manchester, NH. Flyer here.
  • 2015-06-27: 20th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide Commemoration: Commonalities Among Genocide Survivors’ Stories, 2:30 – 4:30PM at Facing History and Ourselves, 16 Hurd Road, Brookline. Panel discussion features survivor testimonials by Senada Cvrk Pargan (Srebrenica genocide survivor), Marie Carine Boggis (Rwanda genocide survivor) and Jack Trompetter (Holocaust survivor). Keynote address by the Bosnian Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Jadranka Negodic. Online registration required here (includes speaker biographies).
  • 2015-05-17: Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert, 2-4pm, Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main Street, Watertown. In collaboration with the Composers Union of Armenia, Maestro Konstantin Petrossian, artistic director, featuring Levon Hovsepian, Knarik Nerkararyan, Armen Ghazaryan performing a range of music and songs from classical to contemporary compositions with poetry reading by Ani Arakelians Avakian.  Flyer here.
  • 2015-05-07: Screening of “Watchers of the Sky,” 6:30pm, Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. Sponsored by Armenian Cultural Foundation, Winchester Public Library, Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur.  Flyer here. Trailer here.
  • 2015-04-27: Nuremberg and Now: Genocide and the International Courts, 7:30pm, featuring Benjamin B. Ferencz, former Nuremberg Prosecutor, and Bakhtiyar R. Tuzmukhamedov, judge for the International Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia, at the National Park Service Visitors Center in Salem, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem.  Free and open to the public, but ticket required by signing up here.
  • 2015-04-24: Vigil in the Park,  centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide, 7:30 pm, Armenian Heritage Park, Cross St at Mercantile St, Boston.
  • 2015-04-24: Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, beginning at the Massachusetts State House, 1:15 – 1:45 pm, followed by a Procession at 2:00 pm from the Statehouse to the Holocaust Memorial to the Armenian Heritage Park, and concluding with a program at the Armenian Heritage Park 2:30 – 3:00 pm.
  • 2015-04-23: Memorial Prayer Service, centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide, Trinity Church 7:30-9pm, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts. An interfaith event at which leaders of faith communities and friends will gather at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Participants will include Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Rev. Laura Everett of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and leaders of the Episcopal, Greek Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish communities.
  • 2015-04-18: Pursing Justice Through Art: 2015, 1-4pm, symposium featuring Diana Der-Hovanessian, Kim Servart Theriault, Dr. Elliott W. Salloway, and Sayon Soeun, at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell. The related Multi-Cultural Genocide Exhibition will be March 18 – April 25, with an opening reception Saturday, March 21, 2-4pm.
  • 2015-04-18: 21st Anniversary Commemoration of 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi, 3-7pm, Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester. Please join the Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors; remember & honor the memories of the victims, and celebrate the resilience of the Survivors.
  • 2015-04-18: Opening reception for Armenian genocide exhibits, 2-4pm, Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main Street, Watertown. The Armenian Genocide: A Silent Testimony is a complex interplay of the extremely horrific events of Genocide and the artistic expression of the trauma of those events. The various abstract portrayals in the exhibition explore the memories and legacy through the personal experiences and emotional responses of the participating artists, and explore the emotional impact of Genocide beyond statistics. Along the Trails of the Armenian Orphans uses a rare collection of photographs to illustrate the story of an American-led humanitarian mission that saved thousands of Armenian orphans following the 1915 atrocities in the Ottoman Empire. Flyer here.
  • 2015-04-17: Get on the Bus, Amnesty Group 133’s “Get on the Bus” trip to New York City to advocate for human rights, including a demonstration at the Sudan mission to the UN to “call on the Sudanese government to protect women and girls in Darfur against the threat of rape and sexual violence.” Register and get more information at www.gotb.org.
  • 2015-04-16: Screening of “Watchers of the Sky,” 8pm, Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St, Peabody. Discussion to follow led by Rabbi Devorah Zuker. Flyer here. Trailer here. RSVP 978-532-1293 or email office@templenertamid.org.
  • 2015-04-15: “A Century of Oblivion: The Time Has Come to Listen to the Voices of the Victims,” lecture by Dr. Claire Mouradian, in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide, 7pm, Goddard Chapel, Tufts University,  Medford. Reception will follow in the Coolidge Room in nearby Ballou Hall.
  • 2015-04-12: Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah, 10:30am-12:30pm, Faneuil Hall, Boston, featuring historian David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Event partners: JCRC of Greater Boston, CJP, American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants of Greater Boston, Facing History and Ourselves, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • 2015-04-07:  21st Anniversary Commemoration of 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi, 6pm Mass followed by fellowship gathering, St. Irene Church, 181 East Street, Carlisle.
  • 2015-02-24: Screening of “Watchers of the Sky,” 6:30 pm, Gasson Hall room 203, Boston College. Flyer here. Campus map here.
  • 2015-02-22: Screening of “Watchers of the Sky,” 7pm, Temple B’nai Brith, 201 Central Street, Somerville. Flyer here.
  • 2015-02-19: Screening of “Watchers of the Sky,” 6:30 pm, Armenian Museum, 65 Main Street, Watertown. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Museum of America and the Mass. Coalition. Flyer here. Trailer here. WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.
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