Harvard to Host ‘Evening of Remembrance: Armenia, The Holocaust and Rwanda’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Sunday, April 27, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Harvard Foundation are cosponsoring “An Evening of Remembrance: Armenia, The Holocaust and Rwanda,” at the Harvard Science Center, Hall B, 6 to 8 p.m.

Documentary filmmaker Carla Garapedian will speak about the Armenian Genocide.

Garapedian directed the documentary “Screamers,” which was released in early 2007 on the Armenian Genocide. Also mentioned in the film are the Jewish Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, and the genocide of the Darfur region. The movie examines the problem of why genocides repeat, with contributions from Pulitzer prize-winning author Samantha Power, now US Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to speaking about the Armenian Genocide, she will be the event’s master of ceremonies.

Garapedian has worked with the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive, founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg in 1994, to help digitize Armenian Genocide oral histories.

A native of Los Angeles, Garapedian worked as a producer, director and correspondent for BBC in London after earning a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the recipient of the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award and was recently given the Clara Barton Medal of Gratitude from the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.

Speaking on the Holocaust will be Anna Ornstein, a professor of child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a professor emeritus of child psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, and a survivor of Auschwitz. She is the author of My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl. Drs. Anna and Paul Ornstein were among the pioneers of self-psychology, one of the first psychotherapy movements to emphasize listening to patients and entering their inner world, as treatment.

Aliza Luft is a doctoral candidate in sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently a visiting research scholar at CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Her research examines what motivates individuals to support or resist violent state regimes. Her current project analyzes how French Bishops during the Holocaust defected from the episcopate to help save Jews.  All four of Luft’s grandparents are Holocaust survivors.

Filmmaker Ken Burns will present the classroom version of a new film that he will feature on PBS next year, called “The Sharps’ War,” about two Americans who plunged into Europe in 1939 and 1940 to assist people fleeing the Nazis. He will join the panelists that evening for 10-15 minutes after the film via Skype.

Finally, Zachary Kaufman is a legal academic, political scientist, and social entrepreneur. He is currently a lecturer in Yale’s Political Science Department, a visiting fellow at Yale (at the Law School, the School of Management’s Program on Social Enterprise, and the Genocide Studies Program), a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of two books: After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond and Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World.   Kaufman has worked on transitional justice issues for the US Departments of State and Justice, the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court.

The speaker on the Rwandan genocide will be announced closer to the date of the program.

Harvard Science Center is located at 1 Oxford St.

For more information, visit www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/carr