KNIGHTS OF VARTAN ANI LODGE TO HOLD FINAL LECTURE MARKING THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Final Lecture to take place at George Washington University Law School on March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – As previously reported, the Knights of Vartan-Ani Lodge in Washington, DC has begun a three-part academic series of lectures touching upon different aspects of the Armenian Genocide. The first and second lectures featured Professor Christopher Simpson, a professor of Journalism from the School of Communications at American University, who discussed “Oil, Politics, and the Genocide in Armenia: The First World War Retrospect,” on January 29, 2015 at American University in Washington, DC, and on February 26, 2015, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, respectively.

The third and final lecture will feature Dr. Gregory Stanton, Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention, George Mason University, for a presentation on “Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocides of Armenians, Native Americans, and Tutsis in Rwanda.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at The George Washington University Law School, Michael K Young Faculty Conference Center, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

“The Knights of Vartan and the entire Washington, DC Armenian American community is grateful to Professor Simpson, Dr. Stanton and these esteemed universities for advancing genocide and holocaust education in our nation’s capital,” stated Ani Lodge Commander Jake Bournazian. “Engaging the American public is a critical part of genocide education efforts. It is important to show the relationship of the Armenian Genocide to other genocides so that we can prevent future crimes against humanity in the 21st century,” Bournazian said.

Professor Stanton served as a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department from 1992 to 1999, where he drafted the UN Security Council Resolutions (955 and 978) that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 1992, he also drafted the UN Peacekeeping Resolutions that helped end the Mozambique civil war from 1977 to 1992. After the U.S. voted against the International Criminal Court in Rome in July, 1998, Stanton decided to create Genocide Watch, the International Campaign to End Genocide, the first international anti-genocide coalition, which was launched in 1999 at the Hague Appeal for Peace. After resigning from the State Department, Stanton served as co-chair of the Washington Working Group for the International Criminal Court, which successfully lobbied President Clinton to sign the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court. Stanton has been deeply involved in the U.N.-Cambodian government negotiations that have brought about creation of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, for which he has drafted internal rules of procedure and evidence. Stanton served as the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President from 2005 to 2007.

All three lectures are produced by the Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge, in cooperation with American University, George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Washington University Law School, and with the support of our sponsors, the Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian Bar Association, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and Genocide Watch. Historical and archival material provided by the Armenian National Institute.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. Online registration is available through Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1FZF5Ur. Live webcasting will be available online: http://bit.ly/1CxqMoK. For media inquiries please contact Knights of Vartan Ani Lodge at kovanilodge@gmail.com.

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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