Glendale Approves Genocide Commemoration Budget Program

GLENDALE–The Glendale City Council approved on Tuesday the budget and program for two events in marking a "Week of Remembrance" in Glendale. Specifically–a panel discussion on "Man’s Inhumanity to Man," and a program marking the Armenian Genocide were authorized.

The panel discussion–to be held at the Glendale Central Public Library–will feature Dan Alba–program director for the Los Angeles office for Facing History and Ourselves–and Bernie Weinraub–a program associate there. Roger Bowerman–chairman of the Social Sciences division at Glendale Community College–and Levon Marashlian–a professor of history at the college will also participate.

Speaking to the Glendale News-Press Councilman Dave Weaver–chairman of the Annual Commemorative Event Committee said that the idea is to enlighten the community about man’s inhumanity to man. "In particular–making people aware that the genocide really did occur and trying to educate–especially the young–to recognize that genocides have occurred since man has been on the face of the Earth–and to always stay vigilant to prevent these atrocities from occurring again," said Weaver.

Well-know genocide scholar Professor Vahakn Dadrian will be the keynote speaker at the Armenian Genocide Program to be held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Guest will include state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale)–Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich–Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) and Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale)–as well as Valery Mkrtoumian–Consul General of the Republic of Armenia–and clergy from various Armenian community churches.

"Man’s Inhumanity to Man" will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the Central Library–222 E. Harvard St. The Armenian Genocide Program is at 5:30 p.m. April 24 at the Civic Auditorium–1401 N. Verdugo Road. Both events are free and seating is first-come–first-served.

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