Armenian Genocide Documentary to Be Honored at 2006 Midwest Journalism Conference in April

A Regional Emmy nominated documentary about the Armenian genocide–The Armenian Genocide: 90 Years Later–will be honored at the 2006 Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington–Minnesota. The event–which is sponsored by the Northwest Broadcast News Association in memory of journalist Eric Sevareid–will take place April 1.

As part of an ongoing series by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Minnesota (CHGS) about genocide and its lingering effects–[The Armenian Genocide: 90 Years Later] aired on public television in Minnesota last April and was nominated for the 2005 Regional Emmy in the category of "Best News Special."

The documentary–which is being honored in the Talk and Public Affairs category–discusses events that led to the Genocide–issues related to Genocide recognition–and its effects on Turkish democracy. The film also addresses current issues about revisionism and the repression of viewpoints that deviate from the official position in Turkey.

The program discusses this phenomenon and raises questions about how the issue of the recognition of the Armenian genocide fits into the context of understanding the current status of Turkish democracy–academic freedom in universities–and issues involving language and identity for minorities. Most poignant in the program is the testimony of those whose family members survived the Genocide and lived to tell about it. They discuss how the memory of the Genocide is embedded in the identity of many Armenia’s.

Discussants include Taner Akam–Stephen Feinstein–and Eric Weitz–from the University of Minnesota–as well as descendants of survivors–and members of the community who explore issues related to the genocide.

The documentary is a co-production of Twin Cities Public Television and the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies–(CHGS) and is distributed by the Armenian Genocide Resource Center in Richmond California through a special arrangement with CHGS.

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Minnesota has been at the forefront of education on the Armenian genocide for many years. It was established as an Independent Center with its main administrative relationship with the Department of History. CHGS is also affiliated with The Institute for Global Studies–The Humanities Institute–Department of German–Dutch and Scandinavian Languages–The Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota School of Law–and The Center for European Studies.

Its director–Professor Stephen Feinstein–has been at the helm of the Center since its creation in 1997 and has expanded its website to include eyewitness survivor testimonies–documen’s–teaching guides–online streaming video and audio–and other materials about the Armenian genocide. Some of the materials were provided to the Center over the years by the Armenian Genocide Resource Center (AGRC)–including an expanded reference guide for teachers and students–and are available through its website.

The Armenian Genocide: 90 Years Later DVD is available from AGRC for a special price of $14.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling. Send check or money order to AGRC–5400 McBryde Avenue–Richmond–CA 94805.

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