BELMONT, Mass.—On Thurs., Aug. 9, Dr. Shahkeh Setian will discuss her book Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity, which provides stories submitted by 16 descendants of survivors who were saved by Muslims during the Armenian Genocide.
In Humanity, Setian graphically presents the vicious treatment of the victims, conveying the horrors committed by government officials and out-of-control citizens in order to illustrate that the victims of the genocide were not simply numbers but were breathing, living, women, men, and children.
Some brave Muslims—Turks, Kurds, and Arabs—risked their lives to save Armenians. Humanity features many stories of such individuals, as well as missionaries and others who came to the aid of suffering Armenians. Despite the threat by the government against such actions, brave individuals acted out of their humanity. Lives were saved, but a nation was lost.
The daughter of genocide survivors, Setian is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has three children and five grandchildren and lives in Cape Cod. She lived for a year as an independent volunteer in post-war Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh). She has taught at Springfield College, Cape Cod Community College, and Artsakh State University, and has facilitated workshops and presented talks about genocide, injustice, and values.
The talk is free and open to the public. It begins at 8 p.m. at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, on 395 Concord Ave. in Belmont. For more information, call NAASR at (617) 489-1610 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.