April 24: "The Armenian Genocide Today: Climate Change Abuse in the South Caucasus" Panel Discussion

"The Armenian Genocide Today: Climate Change Abuse in the South Caucasus" Panel Discussion with Dr. Anatoly Isaenko, Max Shirikjian, and Ashot Gabrielyan
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Format: Online
Zoom: Register at https://appstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bonxocp2QqCt2XnCFbAWww to receive the link.

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies (CJHPS) is pleased to host a panel discussion, titled "The Armenian Genocide Today: Climate Change Abuse in the South Caucasus," on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link is available upon registration here

This panel serves to honor the 1.5 million lives lost in the 1915 Armenian Genocide. April 24 marks the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the official Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Globally recognized as committed by the Ottoman Empire and later the Turkish state, the genocide is denied by the perpetrators to this day. Join students and community members in a discussion of Armenian and Turkish relationships today. Through the insights of expert panelists, gain a greater understanding of how this genocide manifests today in the South Caucasian Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan with a special emphasis on the impact of Azerbaijani and Turkish national identity, Armenian attempts at self-determination, and the Turkish oil and gas industry’s use of climate change as a modern form of genocidal action.

About the speakers:

  • Dr. Anatoly Isaenko is a professor of history in the Department of History at Appalachian State. He is an expert on the Caucasus region and lived in the area for many years. Much of his work focuses on the concept of ethnic cleansing that came into existence in the Caucasus region after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a historian he brings an intimate understanding of the area over the last 60 years.

  • Max Shirikjian '23 is an alumnus of Appalachian State's Department of Sustainable Development and an ethnic Armenian. Shirikjian’s personal perspective will provide an intimate understanding of the problems of people living in Azerbaijan (in particular Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh) and Armenia.

  • Ashot Gabrielyan joins the panel from Armenia. He is an Armenian currently living in Yerevan. Displaced along with his family during the September 2023 ethnic cleansing of Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh by the Azerbaijani government, Gabrielyan brings first hand information to this conversation.

Organized by the CJHPS, the program is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Appalachian State's Department of Anthropology, Department of History, and Department of Sustainable Development. For a disability accommodation, visit odr.appstate.edu.

For more information about the panel, visit holocaust.appstate.edu/events/armenian-genocide-today.

Questions? Contact CJHPS via email at holocaust@appstate.edu or via phone at (828) 262-6118.


About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies was established in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the center’s vision promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for all human life. To accomplish this vision, the center works to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides. Learn more at https://holocaust.appstate.edu.

Written by Amy Hudnall
Edited by Lauren Gibbs
March 25, 2024

Published: Mar 25, 2024 2:45pm