K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, M.D. Lecture on Human Rights

K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, M.D. Lecture on Human Rights


Endowed Public Program of the Armenian Heritage Foundation, sponsor of Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston

In celebration of the opening of Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway and the immigrant experience, one of its central themes, please join us -

Date & Time Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7pm
Place Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian 
Founding Director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, Ambassador Djerejian was the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1992-1994 and to the Syrian Arab Republic from 1988-1991.

Ambassador Djerejian has served in the U.S. Foreign Service for eight Presidents from John F. Kennedy to William J. Clinton from 1962-1994. Prior to his nomination by President Clinton as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, he was Assistant Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations from 1991-1993.

After his retirement from government service in 1994, he became Founding Director of the Baker Institute. His book, "Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East" was published in 2008 by Simon & Schuster.

Among his many awards and honors, Ambassador Djerejian was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and named to the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Free and open to the public
About the Lecture on Human Rights

The purpose of the endowed lecture series is to advance understanding of human rights issues and societal abuses worldwide, and to increase awareness of the work of individuals and organizations so that we are all more actively engaged.

This endowed lecture at Faneuil Hall has been inspired by the New England women and men - intellectuals, politicians, diplomats, religious leaders and citizens - who from 1895-1918 at Faneuil Hall heard the eyewitness accounts of the atrocities taking place against the Armenian minority of the Ottoman Empire and spoke passionately about the urgent need for intervention. Relief workers, missionaries and diplomats including the U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire Henry Morgenthau provided accounts. Many who heard these accounts were moved to action. Distinguished Bostonians, among them Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Alice Stone Blackwell, heard these accounts and were moved to assist the Armenians. As a result, the American Red Cross launched its first international mission with Clara Barton bringing aid to the Armenians. Philanthropists nationwide raised over $100 million in support. This was America's first internationally focused human rights movement. Source: Peter Balakian, The Burning Tigris, The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, HarperCollins, 2003

A Century Later

Just as these brave and noble witnesses gave voice to those in crisis and mobilized the gathering of Bostonians at Faneuil Hall, which was to spark a nationwide response, it is our hope that this lecture will serve to refocus our attention, not only on past events, but upon the critical human rights issues of today, inspiring us to meaningful action.

"This endowed lecture on human rights, a public program of the Armenian Heritage Park, is in my father's honor as he taught so many about the need to pay attention, spot injustice and speak out wherever and whenever it occurs." - Carolann S. Najarian, M.D.

This event is co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.