“Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond”

“Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond”  –



Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and in conjunction with the 44th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, a special program, Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond, will be presented Monday evening, March 9, 2014, on the Familian Campus of the American Jewish University, Los Angelos.

The Program’s featured speakers are Professor Richard Hovannisian, University of California, Los Angeles, Stephen Smith, University of Southern California, and Professor Michael Berenbaum, American Jewish University.

Dr. Richard Hovannisian is Professor of Modern Armenian History, a past holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair at UCLA and currently Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University in Orange County. The recent recipient of the UCLA Alumni Association’s “Most Inspiring Teacher” award, he is internationally acclaimed for his advancement of Armenian Studies. His extensive scholarly publications have placed the Armenian Genocide into broader Near Eastern, Europeans and Russian contexts.

Dr. Stephen Smith, is the Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, as well as the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. A theologian by training, he continues to be involved in memorial projects around the world and lectures widely on issues relating to the history and collective response to the Holocaust, genocide and crimes against humanity. He recently presented the keynote speech at the United Nations on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Michael Berenbaum, a world authority on the History of the Holocaust, is Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University and Executive Director of the Sigi Zering Institute, a think tank exploring the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust. He was involved with the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and, as Project Director, played a major role in its permanent exhibit; he has subsequently consulted on and designed museums on three continents. He is also an award-winning producer and historical consultant for numerous acclaimed films on the Holocaust.

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