LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region held its first Genocide Workshop on Saturday–June 20–at Soghanalian Hall in Hollywood–California. The workshop–designed to better equip Armenian-American activists and concerned community members with the knowledge and materials to present the Armenian Genocide issue to a non-Armenian audience–attracted an energized mix of high school and college students–representatives of organizations–young professionals and concerned community members.
The workshop–made possible in large part by the generosity of the family of the recently deceased Karpis Karapetian–lasted throughout the morning and early afternoon–with a number of presentations and interactive sessions included in the program. To better assist participants with understanding the topics and presentations–a collection of materials focusing on the Armenian Genocide issue were made available–including a bound reference workbook which consisted of articles–essays and international legal documen’s focusing on the problems of genocide and its denial and cover-up.
The workshop panelists included–ANCA-WR Board Member–Steve Dadaian–who served as moderator; Dr. Greg Goekjian of Portland State University; Dr. Roubina Peroomian; Serop Nenejian–Chairman of ANC-Oregon; Dr. Levon Marashlian–of Glendale Community College; author Richard Kloian of the Armenian Genocide Resource Center; and ANCA-WR Executive Director–Vicken Sonentz-Papazian.
During his opening remarks–Dadaian noted that the ANCA-WR’s intention in organizing the workshop was not to provide public lectures on various aspects of the Armenian Genocide but rather to better educate concerned Armenian-Americans on the Genocide issue and produce more articulate community spokespersons who can convincingly present the issue to a non-Armenian audience and policymakers.
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