HARTFORD, Conn.— The Connecticut Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee has announced that the commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will take place on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m.in the Hall of the House at the Connecticut State Capitol.
Melanie Kevorkian Brown, chairperson of the committee, announced that this year’s speaker will be Salpi Ghazarian, director of the University of Southern California’s Institute of Armenian Studies. Her topic will be “Looking to the Future Without Forgetting the Past.” Utilizing her many years of active engagement in the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora, she will discuss the dramatic changes in the homeland.
Ghazarian is the founder of CivilNet online television in Armenia and was editor-publisher of Armenian International Magazine. She lived in Armenia for 15 years and served as Special Assistant to Armenia’s Foreign Minister. She is the granddaughter of Genocide survivors and continues to struggle with what to remember and what to forget.
In addition to the committee’s mission of honoring the memory of 1.5 million Armenian victims of the Genocide, it also seeks to promote education concerning the Genocide and to present information about developments in both the Diaspora and Armenia.
As in the past, the committee expects that the Hall of the House will be filled to capacity for the program. A number of dignitaries are expected to attend.
A free reception and refreshments will follow the commemoration.