Lecture at NAASR by Shahkeh Setian on Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity


BELMONT, Mass. — Dr. Shahkeh Setian will discuss her book, Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity, which provides stories submitted by 16 descendants of survivors who were saved by Muslims during the 1915 Armenian Genocide, on Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave.

Setian graphically presents the vicious treatment of victims in order to convey the horrors committed by government officials and out-of-control citizens in order to illustrate that the victims of the Genocide were not simply numbers but were breathing, living, women, men and children.

Some brave Muslims — Turks, Kurds and Arabs — risked their lives to save Armenians. Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity features many stories of such individuals, as well as missionaries and others who came to the aid of suffering Armenians. Despite the threat by the government against such actions, brave individuals acted out of their humanity. Lives were saved, but a nation was lost.

The daughter of Genocide survivors, Setian is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has three children and five grandchildren and lives in Cape Cod. She lived for a year as an independent volunteer in post-war Nagorno Karabagh (Artsakh). She has taught at Springfield College, Cape Cod Community College and Artsakh State University, and has facilitated workshops and presented talks about genocide, injustice and values.

More information about Setian’s lecture or NAASR and its programs for the furtherance of Armenian studies, research and publication may be had by e-mailing hq@naasr.org or writing to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.

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