100 Years Later: ASU Armenian Genocide Conference (Event Poster)
Saturday March 21st – Sunday March 22nd, 2015
ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
100 Years Later: the ASU Armenian Genocide Conference at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is a two-day conference that will feature scholars, attorneys, and community leaders from across the nation and around the world. The conference marks the centennial year of this atrocity as it leads Arizona in the education and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. We engage not only the history, but the continuing relevance of this Genocide today.
The year 2015 marks the passage of 100 years since the systematic extermination of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman government. To this day, despite a general consensus by scholars and historians, Turkey fails to recognize the Armenian genocide. As the loss of Armenian culture and life still reverberates, the struggle for recognition and remembrance continues. The word genocide was coined by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in response to the Armenian Genocide, which prompted Lemkin to fight for international laws defining and forbidding it. Since then a variety of legal work has ensued, from broad action under International Humanitarian Law to more local action, yet the Armenian people continue to face ongoing threats to their safety and security including hateful rhetoric, displacement, and the destruction of artifacts of culture and memory. As we remember the Armenian genocide, we cannot forget that its legacy and its lessons remain acutely relevant today.