A New Year and a New Semester!

January 19, 2016

As we embark on a new year full of many exciting projects ahead, we would like to take this time to look back at some of our accomplishments of 2015.

As part of our work towards the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Centre launched the 100 Voices Project. The initiative aims to document the voices of descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide and the continued effects genocide and human rights violations have on them. The project was featured in an article on CTV titled “100 Years Later, Armenian Genocide Stories Survive on Social Media”

The Corning Centre took part in this year’s Holocaust Education week with an event dedication to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The event, titled 100 Voices: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, showcased clips from our “100 Voices” project and a presentation which was followed by a panel discussion.

The Corning Centre also co-sponsored two university events. The first was a conference at the University of Toronto titled “Genocide: From Prevention to Justice”. Second, was  “The Armenian Genocide and its Impact”, a panel presentation at Ryerson University. If you missed the event at Ryerson University, you can watch the archived webcast here, you can also watch the University of Toronto conference at this link

Our chair’s article in the Globe and Mail titled “Why We Commit to Commemorate” highlighted the importance of collective commemoration of past atrocities and Canada’s historic involvement in providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of the Armenian Genocide and their descendants. 

The Corning Centre also held an exhibit dedicated to Canada’s humanitarian response to the Armenian Genocide at Toronto City Hall titled “Canada We Thank You”.  Our “Canadian Upstanders” exhibit was also displayed at University of Toronto’s Robarts Library during an exhibit titled “1915-2015: 100 Years of Life”.

We are excited to announce that the deadline for Speak Out! Our Essay, Creative Writing and Visual Arts Contest has been extended! The new deadline is August 1st 2016.

If you have not already, we encourage you to take a moment and visit our resources page and benefit from the materials developed by our team. The most recent publication was “Canada and the Armenian Genocide”, a perfect set of readings for secondary school students accompanied by discussion questions and “Historical Thinking Concepts: The Georgetown Armenian Boys”.

We are also happy to report that we have been extremely busy with our classroom visits in the first term of this school year. We look forward to continue visiting Ontario classrooms and making a positive impact on students and supporting our teachers through these visits. Visit our Book a Visit page if you would like to schedule a class visit.