OCT. 20, 2011 * K. GEORGE AND CAROLANN S. NAJARIAN LECTURE ON HUMAN RIGHTS. The endowed public program of the Armenian Heritage Foundation, sponsor of the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Mass. Featuring keynote speaker Paul Rusesabagina, human rights activist; president and founder of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation; and the real life hero of the acclaimed film “Hotel Rwanda.” Portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film, Rusesabagina saved the lives of more than 1,200 people during the Rwandan Genocide and has been honored internationally for his heroism. Today, the foundation works to prevent future genocides and raise awareness of the need for a new truth and reconciliation process in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The lecture series has been inspired by the New England women and men—intellectuals, politicians, diplomats, religious leaders, and ordinary citizens—who, beginning in the 1890’s at Faneuil Hall, heard the eyewitness accounts of the atrocities taking place against the Armenian minority of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and were called to action. These accounts were provided by relief workers, missionaries, and diplomats, such as U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire Henry Morgenthau. Distinguished Bostonians, among them Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Alice Stone Blackwell, heard these accounts and were moved to assist the Armenians. As a result, the American Red Cross launched its first international mission with Clara Barton bringing aid to the Armenians. Philanthropists nationwide raised over $100 million in support. This was America’s first internationally focused human rights movement. Free and open to the public, this annual lecture is offered in partnership with the Bostonian Society and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, universities, and human rights organizations. Begins at 7 p.m. at Faneuil Hall in Boston. For more information, visit www.ArmenianHeritagePark.net.