Attend our genocide education session and visit our virtual exhibit booth
Aurora Speaks: Understanding Genocide through a Woman’s Experience
Sunday, December 6, 11:15 a.m. (EST)
Participants will learn about Aurora Mardiganian, who experienced and witnessed extreme atrocities during the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government (1915-1918).
Assisted by American humanitarian aid, the orphaned teenager, Aurora, came to the U.S., wrote her memoir, and starred in a 1919 Hollywood film adaptation of Ravaged Armenia. Through the film, Aurora became the face of the Armenian Genocide around the country, raising millions of dollars to rescue other Armenian orphans.
Aurora was also exploited and left deeply scarred by the physical and psychological conditions of the filming and publicity efforts. Through her unique story, students gain insights into multiple layers of the phenomenon of genocide and the Armenian case: its causes and significance in terms of modern history, the impact of the massive crime and its denial on individual victims and women, in particular, the contribution and agency of a single survivor, and the U.S. role in the aftermath. Educators will also connect this history with issues facing different immigrant groups in the U.S. today and engage students in discussing human rights and political activism in today’s world.
It is not too late to register for the conference. All sessions will be recorded, and you can view all of them throughout the year.