By Andy Turpin
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On March 13, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Faculty of History, the Center for International Studies, the Office of Religious Affairs and the Program on Human Rights and Justice presented a one-day conference on “America’s Response to the Armenian Genocide: From Woodrow Wilson to Barrack Obama.”
Bedross Der Matossian of the History Faculty at MIT and the conference’s chief organizer, gave the event’s opening remarks. Der Matossian cited that nine days ago the US House of Representatives had passed House Res. 252 regarding the acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide.
“The passage was done under immense pressure from the government of Turkey and last minute intervention by the Obama administration (in opposition to the resolution’s passing in the House),” Der Matossian said.
He explained, “The aim of today’s conference is to examine America’s evolving policy regarding the Armenian Genocide from the administration of President Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama.”
MIT’s Christopher Capozzola presented a paper titled “Woodrow Wilson Views the World — The World Views Woodrow Wilson.”