FDU commemorates 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with series of 'Armenian Week' events

Madison, NJ (September 28, 2015) — Fairleigh Dickinson University will host "Armenian Week" in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The series of events is scheduled to run from September 29 to October 9 on the University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J.

The Armenian Genocide, also referred to as the Armenian Holocaust, took place in 1915, and resulted in the loss of an estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million lives. The genocide is considered the reason for the majority of Armenian diaspora communities being created.

“We welcome the partnership and willingness of these organizations to work together to bring such a rich program to our school. 2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and bringing global awareness of this issue to our students, and our community is important in order to preserve the history and work toward global recognition,” says Diana Cvitan, director of global learning and partnerships at FDU.

Armenian Week was organized as a collaborative effort between FDU’s Office of Global Learning and the Frank Giovatto Library, The Near East Foundation, Armenian Cultural Association of America, and The Genocide Education Project to bring together the campus and local community in remembrance of the past, and to engage in a discussion of the present and future of the Armenian diaspora.

  • “They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief,” a photography exhibition from the Near East Foundation runs at the Giovatto Library September 29 — October 9. More information here.
  • “The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response,” a professional development workshop for educators, in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Union Building from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The workshop is hosted by FDU’s Office of Global Learning, the Genocide Education Project, and the Near East Foundation. In-service and pre-service teachers, as well as faculty, are invited to attend. Space is limited. The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required.
  • “There is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project,” a presentation based on the work of Armenian-American photojournalist and author Scout Tufankjian, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Rutherford room of the Student Union Building. The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Sarah Horn shorn@fdu.edu.

Armenian Cultural Association of America was established in 1969 to support both the Republic of Armenia and the diaspora, by sponsoring cultural and educational activities. The association also serves as a repository of historic Armenian national documents and archives.

The Genocide Education Project is a nonprofit organization that assists educators in teaching about human rights and genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and distributing instructional materials, providing access to teaching resources and organizing educational workshops.

The Near East Foundation is an American, international social and economic development organization, established in 1915 in response to the massive humanitarian crisis precipitated by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The Foundation helps the most vulnerable communities in the Middle East and Africa improve conditions in the face of chronic poverty, conflict, migration and environmental hazards.



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