An image of the poster for They Shall Not Perish

Near East Foundation coming to Newhouse to screen They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief

August 11, 2017
Friday, September 8th  |  5:30 – 7:30pm, Hergenhan Auditorium

Produced by NEF Board Member Shant Mardirossian and award-winning director George Billard, the documentary details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and in the aftermath of the crisis that came to be known as the Armenian Genocide. The film teaches us the amazing role ordinary citizens can play in responding to humanitarian crises. Watch the trailer by clicking here.

Following the screening, Ken Harper, Director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, will moderate a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Shant Mardirossian and George Billard, Near East Foundation President, Charles Benjamin, Interfaith Works CEO Beth Broadway, and Armenian-American author and historian Peter Balakian. The discussion will focus on lessons learned from the film and current efforts to support refugees and other marginalized populations in Syracuse and around the world.  Please read more about our panelists below.

The work that the Near East Foundation started a century ago continues to be reflected in its work today as the humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Middle East. NEF’s local teams are working on the ground, side by side, with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Lebanon helping them to gain economic independence and achieve self-sufficiency, primarily though entrepreneurship, vocational training, and livelihoods support. 

NEF entered into a strategic partnership with Syracuse University almost a decade ago, which opened the door to a new collaboration with the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, an organization dedicated to bringing knowledge to the world through storytelling, collaboration, and innovation.  

More information on the event and panelists.

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