New Projects to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

October 8, 2014

In 2015, people around the world will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This event, which took place between 1915 and 1923, is considered one of the first modern genocides in human history, becoming an example for others that followed. It was initiated by the extreme wing of the Committee of Union and Progress, the party leading the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. 

Although it occurred almost 100 years ago, the consequences of this crime continue to have a direct impact on people around the world. This is especially so in light of its continued denial by the Republic of Turkey and the social amnesia that state reinforces. Questions of justice, denial, and memory will be informing many of the Corning Centre’s activities in the coming year, two of which we are excited to introduce now.

The first is an essay, creative writing and visual arts contest open to all high school students in Ontario. Its theme will be genocide and human rights generally, and details will be made available in the coming weeks.

The second is a project titled “100 Voices,” which will be run in partnership with senior students and teachers at ARS Armenian Private School in Toronto. It will explore themes of memory, amnesia, survival and justice through and with 100 students of Armenian descent. Videos, photographs and transcripts coming out of the project will be made available online along with lessons for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Be sure to stay tuned for further details on these projects, and remember to click here to book a classroom visit