Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future: April 2 (Armenian)

April 2014 Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

They are committing the greatest indignity human beings can inflict on one another: telling people who have suffered excruciating pain and loss that their pain and loss were illusions.
– Elie Wiesel

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

The Armenian Genocide – PBS (2006)

GENOCIDE: Armenian
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7p – 9p

Concordia University
CU Center
1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
campus map
(See below for free PARKING details.)
Speakers: Barbara English, Jeff Mallinson, Levon Marashlian
Space is limited.

Camp Darfur, a traveling, awareness-raising six-tent refugee camp exhibit, (one for each genocide being commemorated in April), will be on campus outside the venue location beginning at noon.
Community booths from our partnering organizations will also be set up in the same area beginning at 5:30p.

Film Synopsis:

The Armenian Genocide is the complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century – when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. This unprecedented and powerful one-hour documentary, was written, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg. Featuring interviews with the leading experts in the field such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Balakian, this film features never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. The Armenian Genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom, among others.


Barbara English, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist with over 20 years of experience in psychotherapy. Ms. English’s training included a strong focus on Early Development and Infant Mental Health. Working from a mind-body perspective, she utilizes relational somatic methods as part of the healing process for those seeking recovery after abuse or trauma. Recognizing that current Western models of recovery are grossly inadequate for addressing the pervasiveness of traumatized societies, locally and globally, in 2005, she founded Living Ubuntu and serves as its volunteer Executive Director. Living Ubuntu seeks to increase compassion and support for the common good. Its efforts include raising awareness of trauma, while offering methods of recovery better-suited to large numbers of people from a variety of cultures. Recovery begins in safety; highlighting related human right issues (e.g. genocide and mass atrocities) is a companion piece of the organization’s approach. Ms. English is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow.

Jeff Mallinson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Concordia University, Irvine,  where he serves as the Faculty in Residence for Global Village, a living-learning community for student residents interested in global issues.  He earned his doctorate at Oxford University, and researches and writes in the area of intellectual history during the Reformation and early modernity. He serves part time as director of the League of Faithful Masks (faithful and is co-host of the Virtue in the Wasteland podcast (

Levon Marashlian, Ph.D. is Professor of History at Glendale Community College. He holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois in Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. He has lectured extensively in Armenia at the Academy of Sciences, Yerevan State University, and the American University of Armenia, as well as in Beirut, Lebanon and Montreal, Canada. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia in 1994, teaching courses on democracy in America. In 1996, Dr. Marashlian testified before the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee, during a hearing on the Armenian Genocide; his testimony was published in the Congressional Record, 5 May 1998. In 1987, he served on the California Department of Education Curriculum Advisory Committee for the development of instructional material on genocide and human rights and testified before government committees in favor of legislation mandating the teaching of the Armenian Genocide in secondary schools. He was invited to Ankara in 1990 to participate in the government-sponsored 11th Congress of Turkish History. His paper, “Economic and Moral Influences on US Policies Toward Turkey and the Armenians, 1919-1923,” covered the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath and was published in Ankara by the Turkish Historical Society Press in 1994. He has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, Education Week, Washington Jewish Week, Jewish Daily, Houston Chronicle, Glendale News Press, Washington Times, Daily Star (Beirut) and Courier (Paris), as well as in several scholarly journals.

Let the guard gate attendant know you are coming to the event and they will distribute visitor parking passes and direct you to appropriate place to park.  There is no charge for parking. See campus map.

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with Amnesty International – Irvine, community partners and six local academic institutions, presents a six-event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and each film commemorates a genocide that started during April. Living Ubuntu provides education about global traumas as part of its mission to heal trauma in order to promote peace. All events are free and open to the public. The second one is about the Armenian genocide. All details are above.

For info on all six events, a complete list of community partners, and to RSVP, click here.
Questions? Contact us at:, or 949.891.2005

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