100 Years of Genocide: Lessons from Armenia


Peter Balakian amidst the ruins of Ani

Peter Balakian amidst the ruins of Ani

SALEM, Mass. — The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies welcomes Dr. Peter Balakian for a special day of education and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. The day’s events will culminate in a public lecture by Dr. Balakian as part of the Sonia Schreiber Weitz Series.

An award-winning scholar, poet and author, Balakian is one of the world’s most eloquent voices on the Armenian Genocide.

Balakian is the recipient of many awards, prizes and civic citations, including a Movses Khorenatsi Medal from the Republic of Armenia, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Spendlove Prize for Social Justice, Tolerance, and Diplomacy; and the Emily Clark Balch Prize. He has appeared widely on national television and radio, including 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, PBS, and Charlie Rose, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. He currently serves as Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, professor of English and director of creative writing at Colgate University.

Balakian will read excerpts from his memoir, Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past, and discuss his experience growing up in a suburban family haunted by memories of the Armenian Genocide. The memoir won the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for the Art of the Memoir, and was selected a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Publisher’s Weekly.

The talk will take place at the Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium, 161 Essex Street, Salem, Mass.

The program is sponsored by the Cummings Foundation and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance at salemstate.edu/peter-balakian/