Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific
In-Person at UCLA's Mong Learning Center (Engineering VI Building), 404 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-8357
On Zoom and the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute YouTube channel.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat
- Past Efforts at Armenian Genocide Restitution Through Litigation and Goodwill Settlements
- Current Landscape: 1. Looted Art from the Geocidal Period, 2.Post-Genocide Recognition Policies
If every genocide has its own peculiar character and afterlife, the afterlife of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing denial of its existence by successive Turkish governments. It has been of great importance for Armenians worldwide that the great catastrophe they experienced during and after World War I be recognized as what it was: genocide. At the end of the 1970s, especially in the United States, an Armenian Genocide recognition movement emerged with the principal aim of American legislative and executive bodies, both at the federal and state level, recognizing the genocide.
Decades later, this goal was finally achieved. In 2019, both houses of U.S. Congress recognized the Armenian Genocide, followed by President Biden’s official recognition on April 24, 2021. Their goal achieved, Armenian activists and organizations were now faced with the question: “What’s next?” This question has yet to be fully examined—much less answered by Armenian communities in the U.S. and elsewhere, and there remains an incomplete awareness and understanding of the possible steps that should follow recognition.
Our one-day conference is framed around examining this. The first session will feature Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat as the opening Keynote Speaker, who will discuss his critical efforts during the Clinton administration and those of several successive U.S. administrations in achieving some measure of justice for the post-Holocaust restitution movement. We will then host panels examining past efforts at Armenian Genocide restitution through litigation and Goodwill settlements, as well as the current landscape concerning looted art from the genocidal period and post-genocide recognition policies.
Armenian Genocide Research Program at the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute
Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at LMU Loyola Law School
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Armenian Bar Association
Promise Institute for Human Rights
UCLA School of Law