Our Recap of Genocide Awareness Month

May 5, 2014

The Corning Centre has had a busy month! As mentioned in a previous post, on April 3, we co-sponsored an event titled “From Remembrance to Action Student Conference: Exploring Upstanders Facing Difficult History” with the Toronto District School Board and Facing History and Ourselves. The conference reached 120 students from 6 schools and was an all-round success.

The Centre also co-sponsored an evening with Dr. James Waller, author of Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, in partnership with Ryerson University, Facing History and Ourselves, the Rwandan Survivors’ Foundation and the Zoryan Institute. The lecture was held on the occasion of  Genocide Awareness Month and the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, and had 150 people in attendance.

On April 24, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, we launched the newest addition to our website: the Online Learning Modules. Our first lesson focuses on the timely issue of genocide denial. We welcome testimony, comments and feedback from educators who have used it. (These can be submitted by clicking “Add Comment” below the lesson, or by writing to us privately.)

Finally, during the weekend following, we displayed an exhibit titled “Canadian Upstanders in the Ottoman Empire” at the Commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, held at Toronto’s Armenian Youth Centre. Dignitaries, guests and members of the public had the opportunity to learn about the heroic actions of Canadian citizens and institutions before, during and after that historic event. (We invite those interested in hosting our exhibit to write to info@corningcentre.org. We would be glad to coordinate with you.)