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Thursday, October 24
|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.