To commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on Tuesday, April 24, the Armenian Students Organization of Fresno State will hold several events including a talk that day by Hygo Ohannessian, chair of the Armenian National Committee of America.

The commemorative event, scheduled 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the Free Speech Area, will include presentations of poems, songs, dances and reading of Genocide memoirs by club members. Students of the Charlie Keyan Armenian School and the Arax Dancers also will participate.

It will culminate with a march through campus.

This and the other events remember the 1.5 million Genocide victims and their surviving families, many of whom fled to the United States and other places far away from Armenians’ traditional west Asia homeland.

Also on the schedule:

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 23, an information table in the Free Speech Area, with posters and brochures available for students to learn more about the Armenian Genocide.
  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in University Student Union, Room 312-314, the Associated Students Inc. will issue a proclamation recognizing April 23-27 as a week of remembrance.
  • 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26,the Armenian Students Organization will host a screening of the movie “Lark Farm” in Industrial Technology Building, Room 101, followed by a vigil at the Free Speech Area.

INFO: Barlow Der Mugrdechian, director of the Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669.