ASA at UCLA Presents: Genocide Awareness Week
April 24, 2012 - 3:30pm
The ASA at UCLA has prepared a week of events to commemorate the 97th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as well as raise awareness about other genocides that have taken place and continue to take place today.
What could lead one to turn against his own neighbor? Kill him in cold blood? How can humans act so inhumanely?
Though a difficult topic for one to digest, it is vital for us, as the future of humanity, to learn from the past and move forward in a spirit of brotherhood. Please join us, learn something new, and get motivated to do something!
*Perspectives of Genocide: 20th Century and Beyond on Monday, April 23rd 7:00-9:00pm, in Kinsey 1200b,
From Armenian, Jewish, Cambodian, Rwandan, to today in Darfur, genocide continues to plague humanity. As past and modern genocides go unnoticed and unpunished by the international community, precedents are set. But genocide should concern us all.
During this Panel-Q&A, individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds will discuss the human aspect of genocides and their impact on societies. They will offer their unique perspectives to a set of seemingly separate, yet interwoven issues and events.
Sponsored by the Armenian Students' Association, Amnesty International, Challah for Hunger, Hillel, Bearing Witness, USAC Cultural Affairs Commission, Armenian Law Students' Association, and Armenian Graduate Students' Association.
*Day of Action: Tuesday, April 24th
10:00am-12:00pm, Unified Young Armenians March, Hollywood https://www.facebook.com/events/336543923060449/
Bus Route from UCLA: Take the 2 or 302 from the corner of Gayley / Strathmore, get off at Hobart
4:00pm-7:00pm, Armenian Youth Federation Protest, Turkish Consulate https://www.facebook.com/events/217105168389351/
Bus Route from UCLA: Take the 20 from the corner of Westwood / Weyburn OR the 720 from the corner of Wilshire / Westwood, get off at Crescent Heights
*Voices from the Past: Wednesday, April 25th 7:00pm-8:30pm in Kerckhoff Coffee House
Students will reconnect with a lost generation by performing, experiencing, and breathing new life into the works of Armenian artists, musicians, and prominent officials who were rounded up and killed by the Young Turks on the night of April 24, 1915. A night of: musical performances, reading of genocide survivor testimonials, and poetry readings in English (translated from Armenian texts).
*Screening of the Lark Farm followed by a candlelight vigil: Thursday, April 26th 6:00pm-8:00pm in Haines A18
As adapted from the roman by Antonia Arslan and co-directed by legendary Italian brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, The Lark Farm marks one of the few international features to tackle the Armenian genocide head-on. The story concerns the Avakian clan. An Armenian family living an affluent lifestyle and periodically shuttling back and forth between their two comfortable homes, the Avakians feel convinced that the rising tide of Turkish hostility on the horizon means little to them and will scarcely affect their day to day. Indeed, The Avakians ignore the warning signs, and set about preparing for a family reunion with the impending visit of two well-to-do sons - landowner Aram, who resides in Turkey, and Assadour, a physician living in Venice. Lo and behold, these illusions come crashing down when a Turkish military regiment crops up at the house, annihilates every male member of the family and forces the ladies to trek off into the Syrian desert, where they will be left to rot. Meanwhile, a handsome Turkish officer (Alessandro Preziosi) falls for Aram's daughter and makes an aggressive attempt to deliver her and her family from certain death, even as the circumstances surrounding him attest to the astounding difficulty of this goal.
*Camp Darfur: Monday, April 30th 8:00am-5:00pm in Dickson Court
This traveling refugee camp raises awareness and examines Sudan’s Darfur region and its humanitarian crisis – genocide – by placing it in an historical context with Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, and Rwanda. Camp Darfur empowers communities to raise their voices and take action for the individuals of Darfur.