GLENDALE–As part of the ongoing campaign to enlighten the American public on the lessons of the Armenian Genocide–Armenian National Committee representatives are appearing before universities and high school audiences throughout the western United States.
In Southern California during the first two weeks of April–the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region–Vicken Sonentz-Papazian–lectured before both students and faculty at Glendale Community College–Montebello High School–and John Muir High School in Pasadena on the significance of April 24 and the ongoing battle by the Armenian community to preserve the historic record of the Armenian Genocide.
Sonentz-Papazian also delivered a presentation on the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath to the North Hollywood Chapter of the Kiwanis Club.
"While most of the students–faculty–civic and business leaders I have spoken to have an understanding of the psychological effects of the Armenian Genocide on the survivors and subsequent generations of Armenia’s–too few have yet to fully comprehend the significant impact the Genocide and the ensuing partition of the historic Armenian homeland currently has on regional and international politics," stated Sonentz-Papazian.
"The ANCA-WR is encouraged by President Kocharian’s public recognition of the importance of the Armenian Genocide–not only as a turning point in world history–but also as a timely political and legal issue that figures prominently in the Armenian Government’s formulation of its foreign policy," he added
Throughout April–Sonentz-Papazian–along with other ANC representatives–will continue lecturing on the subject of the Armenian Genocide with several more appearances scheduled at area high schools and universities.
"The ANC is committed to exposing to the American public the Turkish Government’s insidious campaign to distort and deny the Armenian Genocide through the purchase of Turkish Studies Chairs at American universities. I am pleased to say that many non-Armenia’s are beginning to recognize that this well-funded revisionist campaign is not only highly offensive to Armenian Americans–but also a threat to all who wish to preserve America’s fine academic reputation," concluded Sonentz-Papazian.
In addition to participating in local and regional Armenian Genocide commemorative events–the ANCA-WR has scheduled a genocide workshop in mid-May where interested members of the community can learn how to more accurately and effectively discuss and present the Armenian Genocide issue. Details of the event will be announced to the public in the near future.