SYRACUSE, New York—On April 12, author Peter Balakian will open a week of events on genocide awareness at Syracuse University with a lecture titled “The Armenian Genocide and Modernity.” His lecture is part of a week of lectures, films, and events that deal with the issue and history of genocide. It is sponsored by the Holocaust and Genocide Education initiative of Syracuse University’s (SU) School of Education, and STAND, the SU student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network.
The week’s events will include a screening of the film “Shake Hands With the Devil” about the Rwandan Genocide; a panel discussion about the human rights crisis in the Congo; a screening of “Invisible Children: The Legacy Tour”; a remembrance of Yom HaShoah; and a reception by the African Students Union.
Balakian is the author of many books including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, which won the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times Best Seller, and Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir. He was the co-translator with Aris Sevag of Armenian Golgotha, a memoir of the Armenian Genocide, by Grigoris Balakian. He is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor at Colgate University.