Balakian to Open Genocide Awareness Week at Syracuse University

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.


  1. ” Facts:
    The Armenian genocide did happen and there are ton’s of documents,historical facts,pictures etc.

    Turkey being a muslim nation will never,never,never recognise the Armenian Genocide.

    Americans Politicians are brought off every year before April 24 in America to stay quiet regarding the armenian Genocide by Powerful Turkish Lobby in America.

    I did not know Turkey is such a powerful country that can buy off America and the rest of Europe to deny the TRUTH of the Armenian Genocide.

    Once again money and politics are bigger than the killing of 1.5 million Armenian children,women and men. I guess the western world can really bow down and hold Turkish loppy-pop for support to sustain western civilization. “

  2. Sita jan.. I agree with you 100%.

    It is just unfortunate and hurtful to think that they can put human lives out for sale like that… I call upon all govt to stand up to Turkey and shut them up…including our own United States of America


  3. Way to go Peter. And thank you so much for translating Armenian Golgotha. My reading in Armenian is not as good as 50 yrs. ago.

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