Australian Community Opens Genocide Studies Center

SYDNEY–The Armenian Genocide Research Unit (AGRU) of the Center for Comparative Genocide Studies–Macquarie University–hosted a cocktail evening on Saturday 22 July at the Austral-Armenian Center.

Those present included representatives of Armenian community organizations–representatives of the Assyrian community–as well as members and friends of the AGRU.

Following an official welcome from Dr. Armen Gakavian–Coordinator of the AGRU–past students of the Politics of Genocide course Meher Grigorian–Carineh Grigorian and Ara Margossian discussed–among other things–their experiences as students of the course and the crucial importance of the work of the AGRU.

The Unit’s achievemen’s over the past five years include:

* Annual Lectures–including high profile international guest speakers Prof. Richard Hovannisian–Prof. Vahakn Dadrian and Baroness Caroline Cox:

* Armenian lectures and materials for the Politics of Genocide course:

* The Daniel Varoujan high School essay competition: and

* Academic support for the NSW Parliament’s Armenian Genocide Resolution and Memorial.

Prof. Colin Tatz–Director of the Center for Comparative Genocide Studies–outlined the Center’s plans for major restructuring–enabling work truly into the global arena by undertaking such initiatives as a worldwide on-line course in Armenian community in supporting the activities of the Center and of its Armenian Genocide Research Unit.

During the evening the AGRU raised $14,000.

The Unit’s goal is to secure a minimum of $50,000 in per annum pledges for the next five years–to finance projects including teaching the Armenian Genocide in every high school in New South Wales–researching the Australian National Archives for Anzac POW eyewitness accounts of the Armenian Genocide–the establishment of a part-time position of Coordinator of Armenian Genocide Studies–and a variety of community courses on the Armenian Genocide.

If you would like to sponsor Australia’s only institution dedicated to the research and teaching of the Armenian Genocide–please contact the above address.

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