`The Armenian Genocide' documentary to be screened at FAU

April 2, 2011 - 11:54 AMT 06:54 GMT

As part of the ongoing Armenian Genocide exhibition at Florida
Atlantic University (FAU) Wimberly Library in Boca Raton, FL, two
high-profile South Florida community activists will lead a discussion
following the screening of a 30-minute excerpt from the PBS
documentary, "The Armenian Genocide."

The film and panel discussion will take place on April 12 from 7:00 -
9:00 pm on the 5th floor of the FAU Wimberly Library and is free and
open to the public, reported the Armenian Assembly of America.

Marta Batmasian, a member of the Florida Department of Education
Commissioner's Task Force on Holocaust Education, will share her
family's experience in Turkey and the effects of the Armenian Genocide
on her family. Armenian Assembly of America Grassroots Director Taniel
Koushakjian, an FAU alumnus, will discuss the Armenian-American
identity and the post-genocidal effects on the Armenian community in
the United States.

"We live in a community in which there are thousands of survivors of
modern genocides and their descendants. Our community has played an
active role in attempts to intervene against genocide in Darfur. St.
David's Armenian Church, Congregation B'Nai Israel and the FAU Center
for Holocaust and Human Rights Education have been at the forefront of
the these community efforts. It is important for our community to
learn about and memorialize the Armenian victims just as we
memorialize and educate about the Shoah. Remembering both strengthens
our commitment to prevent and intervene against genocide," said Dr.
Rose Gatens, Director of the FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights
Education (CHHRE).

"The Armenian Genocide" film and panel discussion is being sponsored
by the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida
Atlantic University in conjunction with "The Greatest Crime of the
War: Armenian Genocide During World War I," an exhibition on display
through Wednesday, April 27, at the Wimberly Library.

The exhibit will close with a special guest lecture by Dr. Mary
Johnson, Senior Historian with Facing History and Ourselves and
curator of the Armenian Genocide exhibit, on April 25 from 7:00 - 8:00
pm. Following the lecture will be the Armenian Genocide Commemoration
and Memorial service to the victims conducted by clergy from St.
David's Armenian Church of Boca Raton and St. Mary's Armenian Church
in Cooper City.

From: A. Papazian