Genocide Scholars Conference in Armenia

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its twelfth meeting in Yerevan on 8-12 July 2015, hosted by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Director of the AGMI Hayk Demoyan will serve as Local Conference Chair.

The conference theme is “Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides”.

2015 is an important year for all Armenians worldwide in terms of commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. The Armenian genocide is sometimes considered as the first genocide of the 20th century and in many ways served as a template for subsequent genocidal crimes. 2015 is also is the year of 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore, it is a significant time to analyze both crimes and all genocides of the 20th century in global and comparative perspectives.

On April 24th 2015 the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be opened after two years of renovation and new exhibition development. This is the first major re-opening since its inauguration in 1995. The renovated museum’s mission and exhibits will feature all genocides that occurred after the Armenian genocide. New exhibits will enable all visitors to understand the deep roots, causes, and dynamics of development and consequences of the genocide, while also offering a platform for dialogue.

The urgent need for early warning systems to prevent genocide, and efforts to revisit the basic concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, are matters of pressing concern. Related questions also arise:

  • How were ideologies and religion instrumentalized for mass destruction during the 20th century?
  • What kind of interaction exists between genocidal intent and genocidal processes?
  • Who are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders and witnesses and how do we classify the relevant actors in different cases?
  • How might the comparative study of 20th century genocide help to prevent 21st century genocides and mass atrocities?
  • How might the legal consequences of the pre-1948 UN Convention “crimes against humanity” be settled?

The conference will begin with a visit to the newly developed exhibition of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. During the conference participants will be able to devote one day to an optional excursion to Gyumri, the city where the world largest orphanages were established by American Near East relief after the Armenian genocide and to visit Memorial to Musa Dagh Resistance in nearby Yerevan.

Attendance at the conference is open to all interested professionals and students, but presentation at the conference requires one to be a member of IAGS. For information on membership, please see http://www.genocidescholars.org/membership.

Website: http://www.genocidescholars.org/Yerevan2015/

Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

Los Angeles — Skylight Books (1818 N. Vermont Ave.) welcomes Aline Ohanesian on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm

In her extraordinary debut, Aline Ohanesian has created two remarkable characters–a young man ignorant of his family’s and his country’s past, and an old woman haunted by the toll the past has taken on her life.

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal–a man who built a dynasty out of making “kilim” rugs–is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers. He has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in an Armenian retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan’s grandfather willed his home in Turkey to an unknown woman rather than to his own son or grandson. Left with only Kemal’s ancient sketchbook and intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles. There he will not only unearth the story that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so closely guards but discover that Seda’s past now threatens to unravel his future. Her story, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family has been built. Moving back and forth in time, between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, Orhan’s Inheritance is a story of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, incredible resilience, and the hidden stories that can haunt a family for generations.

Aline Ohanesian’s great-grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Her history was the kernel for the story that Ohanesian tells in her first novel, Orhan’s Inheritance. Ohanesian was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction and “Glimmer Train”‘s Short Story Award for New Writers. Born in Northridge, California, she lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons. Her website is www.alineohanesian.com.

The event takes place on April 7 at 7:30pm.

Please visit link to the event:
http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/aline-ohanesian-reads-her-debut-novel-orhans-inheritance
Skylight Books is located at 1818 N. Vermont in Los Feliz (cross is Franklin), 323-660-1175. www.skylightbooks.com

Armenian Genocide Centennial March for Justice

The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide signifies a global demand for justice by Armenians worldwide and all people of good will. The March for Justice on April 24, 2015 is the largest in the series of AGCC-WUSA hosted events. Participants will gather at 10AM in Little Armenia and will march in solidarity for 6 miles to the Turkish Consulate in the Wilshire District to protest the Turkish government’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide.

This Pan-Armenian March will unite, without exception, the Armenian community in its quest for justice while demonstrating collective strength and spirit. Protesters will thank those who have helped to spread awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and those who work tirelessly to prevent genocide elsewhere in the world.

View March Route starting in Little Armenia

The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western USA (AGCCWUSA) was established to steer and coordinate commemorative activities in the Western United States.

March Route, Directions, Parking

Website
http://www.march4justice.org

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/agccwusa

Mariam’s Easter Parade

New Children’s Picture Book Celebrates Armenian Easter Traditions

Carpinteria, CA (February 23, 2015)

As the world reflects on the Armenian tragedy of 1915, Pomegranate Publishing has released a new children’s picture book, Mariam’s Easter Parade, which celebrates the traditions of the Armenian culture. This April marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in which four million Armenian residents are estimated to have died in Ottoman Turkey.

Mariam's Easter Parade

Written by Marianne Markarian and illustrated by Margaret Markarian Wasielewski, Mariam’s Easter Parade is a light-hearted story of young girl who might be too small to help with the Easter preparations, but she is clever enough to celebrate with her own special parade!

“While it’s important to acknowledge and remember the lives lost to the genocide, it’s also important to celebrate the traditions of the Armenian culture, which continues to thrive in a diaspora that extends from the former Soviet Republic to the United States and Canada,” said publisher Marianne McCarthy.

Armenians celebrate the Easter holiday with faith, food, festivities—and egg-cracking contests! The book includes a recipe for dying Easter eggs with onion skins and instructions for the Armenian egg-cracking game.

Buy this book in the Little Armenia Shop

Markarian is a second-generation Armenian-American who used her grandmother’s life in the “old country” of the Ottoman Empire as inspiration. Her first book, The Pesky Bird, was a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist.

The illustrator is an award-winning artist and member of the Cincinnati Art Club and the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Detroit, Cincinnati, Florida, and Chicago. Her vivid pastel illustrations portray the beautiful countryside and colorful dress of the Armenian people in the early 1900s.

The book is available at Amazon.com as well as independent bookstores throughout the country. For more information, visit the company’s website at https://pomegranatepublishing.wordpress.com/.

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Based in Southern California, Pomegranate Publishing is an independent publishing company that explores cultural integrity through books.

Dr. Noune Pashinian Named Medical Honoree

Glendale’s Dr. Noune Pashinian Named Medical Honoree For the Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis, December 14th 5K Run/Walk Funds Research For A Cure For Arthritis, The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

Noune Pashinian

(Los Angeles, CA) – October 30, 2014 – The Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region, has named Glendale’s Dr. Noune Pashinian as Medical Honoree for the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Dr. Pashinian has been practicing Rheumatology and Internal Medicine for 17 years. She graduated with Honors from Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, and did her Residency in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, MI. She completed her Fellowship in Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA and received Board Certification in Rheumatology.

Dr. Pashinian practices Rheumatology in Glendale, and is on the staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital, and is teaching attending at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is a Fellow at the American College of Rheumatology and a member of Armenian American Medical Society. Loved by her patients and respected by her colleagues, Dr. Pashinian has written many publications and often speaks for community programs and professional societies.

The Arthritis Foundation expects hundreds to participate in the Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run/Walk this year, on Sunday, December 14th, 2014, starting at 8:00 AM in front of The Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203. The course for the Los Angeles event will pass through The Americana at Brand where participants and families can enjoy the holiday décor and festivities during the event.

Families and friends come in costume and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces and enjoy the Run/Walk, Kid’s Zone, live entertainment and refreshments. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and the opening program begins at 7:30 a.m. The timed 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. There will be a special “Tot Trot” at 10:00 a.m. for children under 8 years. All participants will receive a t-shirt and medal, with special medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, male and female, in each age category.

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, the 5K route is a fun and festive way to join together with friends and family to help find a cure for the nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Form a team and register today by visiting www.lajbr.org. The Registration fee is $45 for adults and $25 for children under 13 years.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, The Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure: fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 53 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.

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Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run Contact:
Debbie Martin
Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region
323-954-5760, x262
818-388-5077 (cell)

Media Contact:
Lois Julien
PR/Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
(818) 222-6790; (818) 634-0640 (cell)
LoisJulien@roadrunner.com

Lillian & Varnum Paul 2013 Screenwriting Award Finalists

THE LILLIAN & VARNUM PAUL 2013 SCREENWRITING AWARD
FINALISTS AND JURY ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES, California – The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) is pleased to announce the three finalists of the 4th Biennial Lillian & Varnum Paul 2013 Screenwriting Award: “1915,” by Garin K. Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian; “The 13th Image,” by Yervand Kochar in collaboration with Jeani Di Carlo; and “The Second Journey,” by Levon Minasian & Eric de Rocquefeuil.

Screenplay submissions were received from across the United States, Europe, and Armenia. Entries were required to be full-length, unproduced film scripts written in English and based on Armenian themes. The screenplays submitted were of high quality, which made the selections difficult for the first round judges, all of whom are industry professionals.

The three finalist screenplays will be evaluated by an esteemed honorary jury: Anahid Nazarian (Producer, American Zoetrope Productions), Michael Goorjian (Emmy-Winning Actor) and Hank Saroyan (Emmy Winning TV Producer).

The winner of the $10,000 grand prize will be announced at ADAA’s awards event on November 8, 2013 at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills, along with a high-profile panel discussion for young artists navigating their careers in Hollywood — Making the Connection: Linking Armenians in the Entertainment Industry. The panel will feature high-ranking industry professionals from film studios. This is a rare opportunity to learn key strategies straight from current industry leaders. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Tickets are $10/person and available on http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/232924.html.

The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance’s mission is to make the Armenian voice heard on the world stage through the dramatic arts of theatre and film. The organization accomplishes this mission by supporting playwrights and screenwriters and providing production opportunities, research tools, networking resources and writing awards.

The Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award is administered by ADAA through the generosity of the Paul Family through the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese.

In addition to the $10,000 Lillian and Varnum Paul Screenwriting Award, ADAA administers the $10,000 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting, the deadline for which is April 15, 2014.

For more information about ADAA, its activities and how to contribute to its important mission, please visit http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/232924.html or www.armeniandrama.org.

Armenian Genocide Bibliography

A newly published bibliography covering literary publications on the Armenian Genocide will now serve as a key to the multitude of works written on this important chapter in history.

Bibliographer Eddie Yeghiayan, Ph.D., has gathered a vast and extensive library of material on the Armenian Genocide, providing copious notes and details on the major works that have dealt with the destruction of the Armenians during World War I. In the “Armenian Genocide Bibliography,” Yeghiayan has arranged a library of information to help us gain a better grasp of the thousands of publications covering the genocide.

Of course, any bibliography that aspires to furnish an exhaustive collection of literature on so broad a topic as the Armenian Genocide will always fall just short of completeness. The voluminous documentation that exists on the systematic extermination of the Armenians during the First World War ranges from contemporary articles published in newspapers and journals worldwide, in the reports, correspondence, diaries, and memoirs of military men and statesmen, the eyewitness testimony of survivors, missionaries, relief officials, and officials in the diplomatic corps, to material from the archives of the United States, Europe, and the Near East, to say nothing about the numerous studies published in the realm of academia. Looking past the problems inherent in so daunting an enterprise, it is nonetheless surprising that no dedicated bibliography on the Armenian Genocide has appeared since Richard G. Hovannisian’s The Armenian Holocaust: A Bibliography Relating to the Deportations, Massacres, and Dispersion of the Armenian People, 1915-1923 in 1980.

It was in order to fill this gap, to provide to the scholar and the layman alike a clear and accessible work of reference that Dr. Eddie Yeghiayan of the University of California, Irvine undertook the painstaking process of compiling a comprehensive bibliography on the Armenian Genocide. The descendant of survivors of the massacres and deportations, Yeghiayan has not only drawn from scholarly books, articles, and print media, but has also produced lists of works published in the fields of the arts and literature, as well as in the medium of television, documentaries, and the Internet. At over a thousand pages long and the product of five years’ of research, he has collated a vast and diverse array of material and presented it to the reader in a cogent and gracefully organized format. The Armenian Genocide: A Bibliography will prove to be the definitive work for reference and consultation for a new generation of scholars and individuals keen on learning about the first major humanitarian crisis of the twentieth century.

The Center for Armenian Remembrance is proud to bring the first of its kind digital archive of this vast collection of publications. The bibliography is available to the public and fully searchable at http://www.centerar.org/bibliography/.