Honouring Indigenous History Month with the Zoryan Institute

Throughout the month of June, Canada honours the history, culture, and diversity of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. This month is also an opportunity for non-Indigenous peoples to learn from and listen to Indigenous voices in order to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples across the country. While efforts of truth and reconciliation are ongoing […]

“Attacks against Prof. Taner Akçam are a classic method of genocide denial…”

Zoryan Institute and its subsidiary, the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, took notice of Professor Taner Akçam’s recent call “…upon everyone, and upon the entire academic profession to take a stand against the climate of terror that is being directed at academics, whose sole task is to unearth the truth…”։ The Institute […]

Remembrance Day of the Pontic Greek Genocide: An Interview with Gevorg Vardanyan

Q:  May 19 is the Remembrance Day of the Pontic Greek Genocide. Scholars, some human rights organizations, and centers that specialize in genocide studies conduct research on the Pontic Greek Genocide. However, it is one of the less recognized and less well-known genocides.Why did you decide to dedicate your research to the Pontic Greek Genocide?  A:  The initial decision was made in 2008 when […]

Diversity and Dialogue: A Zoryan Institute Poetry Night

“Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.” Hosted by Prof. Alina Gharabegian of New Jersey City University, this event will feature three poets from diverse backgrounds sharing […]

The Zoryan Institute Honours the Legacy of Ms. Sara Chitjian

The Zoryan Institute is very saddened to learn about the passing of longtime supporter and friend, Zaruhy Sara Chitjian.  Ms. Chitjian made an incredible impact on the lives of dozens of students through the Zoryan Institute’s annual Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP). This graduate-level program explores the fundamental issues relating to human rights […]

Collective and State Violence in Turkey: A Case Study of Impunity for Past Crimes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGyDcl6OZzg On April 17, 2021, the Zoryan Institute hosted a virtual panel discussion, How Impunity for Past Crimes of Genocide Magnifies Violence Internationally: A Case Study of Turkey. This panel invited the audience to question the impact of impunity on future violence, human rights abuses, and the crime of genocide. We encourage you to watch […]

President Biden Acknowledges the Armenian Genocide

We commend President Joe Biden’s decision to formally acknowledge the Armenian Genocide today on its 106th annual day of commemoration. Read official statement here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/24/statement-by-president-joe-biden-on-armenian-remembrance-day/ President Biden assumed office during a turbulent period in the history of the United States. With heightening political, religious, and racial tensions, he committed to taking bold steps towards the […]