Department of History Hosts "The Centennial of the Armenian Genocide"

On April 22, 2015 members of the faculty from St. Lawrence University's Department of History held The Centennial of the Armenian Genocide: A Night of Commemoration in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  The event took place in Atwood Hall chapel.  Speakers included an Armenian-American from Massena as well as other local Armenian Americans living in the North Country.

The commemoration began with a 30-minute clip from The Armenian Genocide (PBS, 2006) which focuses on the history of the genocide and denial by the Turkish state.  Following the clip, several speakers participated in discussion, including 93-year-old Sebouh Bogosian, an Armenian American from Massena, whose parents were both affected by the genocide.  Also speaking were Clarkson professor Kerop Janoyan and Nina Melkonyan, an Armenian St. Lawrence student, who spoke about their families' history.  Finally, Kelly Bartlett, a St. Lawrence student who has done academic work on the genocide in two different classes, spoke to the audience.

The event concluded with a commemoration ceremony, including a song sung in Armenian by Clarkson professor Joe Andriano, accompanied by Sandra Goldsmith Proctor, a litany led by Nina Melkonya and Rev. Kathleen Buckely, and an offering of flowers for the dead, accompanied by a slideshow of photos and an Armenian folk song. Light desserts and refreshments with Armenian cultural significance were served at the conclusion of the ceremony. The altar in Atwood 106 (the chapel) was decorated with a bedspread woven by a genocide survivor and photos of Armenian families.

The event was sponsored by the Center for International and Intercultural Studies, European Studies, and History, and was supported by the Chaplain's Office and Volunteer Services.