Armenian Genocide Commemorative Events
Fresno State News (California State Univ, Fresno), CA
April 20 2005
Begin April 22 at Fresno State
The Armenian Studies Program and Armenian Students Organization at
California State University Fresno will commemorate the Armenian
Genocide with events on Friday, April 22, and April 26. All events
are free and open to the public.
The commemoration marks the 90th anniversary of the beginning of the
genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey.
On Friday, April 22, events will begin at noon in the Free Speech
area. A variety of invited guests and students will speak, followed by
the placing of flowers on a model of the Armenian Martyr~Rs memorial
in Yerevan, Armenia. The public is welcome to participate.
At 7:30 p.m. that night, the film “Germany and the Secret Genocide”
will make its Fresno premiere. It will be shown in McLane Hall,
room 121, on the Fresno State campus. Directed and written by Dr. J.
Michael Hagopian, the film documents Germany’s relationship with
Ottoman Turkey during the Armenian Genocide. The film showing will
be followed by a candlelight vigil.
On Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. James Reid will speak on
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Armenian Genocide Narratives”
in the Alice Peters Auditorium, room 191 of the University Business
Center on campus.
Reid is the author of several books, including ~SCrisis of the
Ottoman Empire: Prelude to Collapse, 1839-1878.~T From 2001-2003
he was the director of the Vryonis Center, following 10 years as a
senior research fellow at the center. He has written extensively on
the Ottoman Empire and modern Greece. Reid holds a Ph.D. from the
University of California at Los Angeles.
His talk will examine the psychological responses of both survivors
of genocide and the psyche of perpetrators, a topic he has been
researching for more than 20 years.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Psychology Department at Fresno
State and Armenian Students Organization. Parking will be relaxed in
Lots A and J after 7 p.m. for the lecture.
For more information on the events contact the Armenian Studies
Program at (559) 278-2669.