Mardigian Library Open by Appointment
Mardigian Library Open by Appointment

GENOCIDE EDUCATION IN MASSACHUSETTS: A New Mandate, a New Era, and New Challenges

Dikran Kaligian Eric Cohen Herman Purutyan Lerna Ekmekcioglu NAASR Calouste Gulbenkian Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues

Thursday, February 3, 2022 AT 7:30pm Eastern/4:30pm Pacific
On Zoom and NAASR's YouTube channel Armenian Studies.

PANELISTS
ERIC COHEN, Chairman, Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur
DR. DIKRAN KALIGIAN, Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Massachusetts
DR. LERNA EKMEKCIOGLU, McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History, MIT
HERMAN PURUTYAN, Massachusetts state chair, Armenian Assembly of America

MODERATOR
MARC A. MAMIGONIAN, Director of Academic Affairs, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

On December 2, 2021, Massachusetts joined the ranks of states mandating genocide education, including on the Armenian Genocide, in public middle and high schools. The law, supported by a diverse coalition of advocates, has been a long time in the making and faced significant challenges and pushback from Turkish organizations to water down the Armenian Genocide component of the law; indeed, for more than two decades, efforts to include the Armenian Genocide have been shadowed by counter-efforts to give equal time to denialist counterfactual narratives.

Join us for a discussion of how the law came into being, the challenges overcome to gain its passage, and its potential impact on students and society as a whole.

SPONSOR
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) / Calouste Gulbenikian Foundation Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues

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