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The Najarian Lecture on Human Rights atT Faneuil Hall

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

An endowed public program of Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway, Boston

Everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart ideas without fear and interference. Yet throughout the world,

journalists, bloggers and others face harassment and imprisonment for exercising their right to free speech…Freedom of

expression is essential to the attainment of all other rights…and is closely linked to the right to hold opinions and the

right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion… - Amnesty International 2014


Mayor’s Remarks Martin J. Walsh

Mayor, City of Boston

Introduction Courtney Radsch, PhD

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists


Ray SuarezHost, Inside Story on Al Jazeera America and America Abroad on

Public Radio International

Stephen Kurkjian, Founding member and former chief, Investigative Spotlight Team of

The Boston Globe and editor of its Washington Bureau

Thomas Mucha, Editor, GlobalPost

Free and open to the public

Reception follows at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel with the speakers and leadership from:

Boston University College of Communication - Thomas Fiedler, Dean of the College of

Communications and Professor of the Practice in Journalism

Emerson College - Jerry Lanson, Associate Chair of Journalism and Associate Professor

New England Center for Investigative Journalism - Jenifer McKim, Assistant Managing

Editor/Senior Investigative Reporter; Clara Germani, Investigations Editor and Beth Daley,

Investigative Reporter/Director of Partnerships

Northeastern University School of Journalism - Dan Kennedy, Acting Director and Associate


WGBH - Phillip Martin, Senior Investigative Reporter


About the Najarian Endowed Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall

The purpose of the annual lecture, endowed by K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, MD, is to advance understanding of human rights issues and the societal abuses faced by millions today, and to increase awareness of the work of individuals and organizations dedicated to eliminating these injustices so that we are all more actively engaged. The setting is in tribute to the New England women and men – intellectuals, politicians, diplomats, religious leaders and ordinary citizens - who, beginning in the 1890s at Faneuil Hall, heard the eyewitness accounts of the atrocities taking place against the Armenian minority of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War and were called to action... Philanthropists nationwide raised over $100 million in aid. This was America’s first internationally focused human rights movement.

This endowed lecture on human rights is in my father’s honor as he taught so many about the need to pay attention, spot injustice and speak out wherever and whenever it occurs.

Instilling Hope in Gaza: The Legacy of Dr. Eyad el Sarraj
A Memorial Tribute

October 28, 2014
7:00 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, Harvard Square
(corner of Mass Ave and Church Street)

Presented by The Gaza Mental Health Foundation.

Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the
University of California at San Francisco

Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Co-founder, Gaza Mental Health Foundation

President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation

Dr. Eyad el Sarraj (1943-2013) was the fi rst psychiatrist in the Gaza Strip and a renowned campaigner for peace with justice who recognized the vital connection between mental health and human rights. The founder in 1990 of the Gaza  Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), he received the first human rights award given by the US Physicians for Human Rights, among many other international honors. His courage, decency, independence of mind, and vision of a better world made him a beacon of moral conscience and hope for those Israelis seeking peace with Palestinians and Palestinians struggling with both the occupation and their own ruinous political divisions.

Nearly a year after his death on December 17, 2013, “Instilling Hope in Gaza” will examine the conditions in the Gaza Strip that shaped his life and work, how the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is today forging ahead with his work, and what more can be done to build on his legacy in the years ahead.

Host: The Middle East Education Group at First Parish Cambridge. Co-sponsors: The Martín-Baró Fund, American Friends Service Committee - New England Region, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Grassroots International, Harvard School of Public Health, Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, Physicians for Human Rights, United for Justice with Peace.

Suggested donation at the door: $10 - or more! Funds will support the work of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.

* EyadMemorialEventFlyer.pdf
Download the "Instilling Hope in Gaza" flyer.



‘Drones in Focus’ Conference

Boston College

14-15 November, 2014

This event is free and open to the public

‘Drones in Focus: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Drones and Remote Warfare’ is the first professional academic conference of its kind. Brought to you by Boston College and its Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA), this event will be held on November 14th and 15th, 2014.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft, or ‘drones,’ represent a revolutionary development in war-making technology, and have had implications for a great many academic and artistic disciplines. As professional academics, it is common for theologians often talk to theologians, philosophers often talk to philosophers, and poets to poets, but what we all ought to do, at least once, is talk to each other. ‘Drones in Focus’ provides just such an opportunity.

On November 14-15, 2014, we will bring together lawyers, theologians, philosophers, poets, playwrights, military strategists, historians, political scientists, and interested audience-members to engage the many implications of drones and remote warfare. We are confident that we will leave, if not with better answers, than at least with better questions about this relatively new method of war making. We are proud of our scheduled speakers, and as you will see in the below descriptions, many have already made significant contributions to the on-going discussion of drones.

Conference speakers include (subject to change):

-          Julian Bourg, Associate Professor of History, Boston College.

-          Joe Campo, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force and PhD Candidate, Air University. Working dissertation title: The Psychology of Killing with Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

-          David Deptula, Lieutenant General, retired, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force.

-          Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College. Author, Targeted Killing and the Ethics of Drone Warfare (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).

-          Frank Garcia, Associate Dean of Global Initiatives and Professor, Boston College Law School.

-          Kim Garcia, Poet and Creative Writing Instructor, Boston College.

-          John Kaag, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Global Studies PhD program, University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Co-author, Drone Warfare (Polity, forthcoming).

-          Walt McGough, Playwrighting Fellow, Huntington Theatre Company. Playwright, Pattern of Life (New Repertory Theatre, 2014).

-          Avery Plaw, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and Co-founder, ‘UMass Drone.’

-          Allan A. Ryan, Adjunct Professor of Law, Boston College Law School, and Director of Intellectual Property, Harvard Business School.

-          Brian Glyn Williams, Professor of Islamic History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Author, Predators: The CIA's Drone War on al Qaeda (Potomac Books, 2013).


Please visit the event’s facebook page at and direct any questions to the event’s organizer, Joe Chapa (Graduate Student, Boston College Philosophy Department),