Dr. Lawrence Baron, Nasatir Chair in Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University, will give a lecture on “Genres of Genocide: Depicting the Armenian, Jewish, and Rwandan Genocides in Feature Films” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at California State University, Fresno.

The lecture, part of the spring 2007 Lecture Series of the Armenian Studies Program, will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium in the University Business Center.

Baron will examine how feature films draw on iconic documentary images to convey the uniqueness of the Armenian and Jewish experiences while simultaneously employing similar cinematic strategies to dramatize their stories.

Clips from such films as “Ravished Armenia,” “Schindler’s List,” “Mayrig,” “Ararat” and “Assignment Berlin” will illustrate the lecture.

Baron received his Ph.D. in modern European intellectual history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. Since 1988 he has been Nasatir Chair in Modern Jewish History at San Diego State. He also has been director of the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies at San Diego State since 1988.

He has published “Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema” (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking restrictions will be relaxed in Lot J, after 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669.