The Overlooked Genocide
FAU is educating students for genocide awareness month through art
By Sarah Nance, FAU University Press
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 14:04
The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at FAU is hosting an exhibition for April’s Genocide Awareness Month March 30 to April 27 in the Boca campus library.
“It is important for our community to learn about and memorialize the Armenian victims,” said Rose Gatens, director of the center. “Remembering strengthens our commitment to prevent and intervene against genocide.”
According to historians and human rights organizations, the Armenian Genocide was one of the first documented genocides that occurred within the last 100 years, yet it is usually the most overlooked.
Mary Johnson, senior historian and curator of the exhibit, will give a discussion on the exhibition, which is designed to educate students and raise awareness by providing tours, discussions and films about the Armenian victims of World War I and bring to light the Armenian community.
The display, on loan from the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, shows the tragic murders of more than a million Armenians in World War I through 21 panels with photographs, quotes from witnesses, and the history of the genocide.
In addition, there will be free tours, available for groups of 10 to 15 people, on April 13 and 20. For more information or to make a reservation for the tours, call (561) 297-2929 or visit http://www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/hours.htm.