Scientific Conference on Armenian Problems Held in U.S.


Scientific Conference on Armenian Problems Held in

15.04.2006 00:17 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Armenian Revolutionary
Federation concluded a weekend-long conference
entitled Armenians and the Left on April 9th, when
featured speakers Robert Fisk and Noam Chomsky spoke
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in front
of a crowd of 750 about War, Geopolitics and History:
Conflict in the Middle East. During his lecture, Fisk
explained why the Armenian Genocide must be known in
order to understand how the region has been condemned
since World War I to foreign intervention, chronic war
and mass slaughter.

The conference began on April 7 at the New York
Society for Ethical Culture, where over 1,000 people
attended a lecture by Fisk about the Middle East and
U.S. journalism. The crowd featured many out-of-town
guests, including twenty members of the Armenian Youth
Federation of Canada as well as travelers from
Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston and Los
Angeles. The conference’s main events took place on
Saturday, April 8, when twenty activists, scholars,
and opinion makers gave presentations at the CUNY
Graduate Center in Manhattan. Presentations took place
in six panels on a variety of critical topics,
including human rights in the Caucasus, women and
political power, globalization and imperialism,
Armeno-Turkish dialogue, Armenian political identity,
and reparations for mass crimes against humanity.

Fisk also promoted his most recent book, The Great War
for Civilization, in which he dedicates an entire
chapter to the Armenian Genocide, which he described
as `The First Holocaust.’ Fisk announced his plans to
travel to Van and other areas of Western Armenia to
promote the Turkish language edition of his book,
reported Yerkir.