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Najarian Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall
K. George and Dr. Carolann S. Najarian Endowed Fund

A public endowed program,  the purpose of the Najarian Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall is to advance understanding of human rights issues and societal abuses worldwide and to increase awareness of the work of individuals and organization so that we are more actively involved.

Free and open to the public, the setting is in tribute to the New England women and men - intellectuals, politicians, diplomats, religious leaders and ordinary citizens - who in the beginning of the 1890's 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 spoke passionately about the urgent need for intervention. Philanthropists nationwide raised over $100 million in aid. This was America's first human rights movement.

The  lecture is endowed by K. George and Dr. Carolann S. Najarian  in honor of Avedis AbrahamianDr. Najarian's father, as "he taught many about the need to pay attention, spot injustice and speak out wherever and whenever it occurs".  Please click on their names for a brief bio

The Program Book annually acknowledges Participating Organizations, Co-Chairs, Planning Committee among others extending appreciation for their leadership and commitment. 2016 Program Book

NOTE: The next lecture will be held during 2018.

Topics and Speakers,
to date:

2016  Justice and Equality: Inspiring Activism
Harry Belafonte social activist and entertainer
Mr. Belafonte was introduced by Roger Brown, President, Berklee College of Music


2015  Call to Action: Then & Now
Peter Balakian author, The Burning Tigris; Joyce Van Dyke's Friends of Armenia; Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch


2014  Truth to Action: Media Freedom - Protecting Human Rights
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh; Courtney Radsch, Committee to Protect Journalists; Ray Suarez, Al Jazeera America; Stephen Kurkjian, The Boston Globe; Thomas Mucha, GlobalPost


2013  Slavery and Human Trafficking
Siddarth Kara Harvard Kennedy School;  Cherie Jimenez,  EVA Center; Liam Lowney, Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance; Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian


2012   Immigrant Experience: On the Opening of Armenian Heritage Park
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian Founding Director, James A. Baker III, Rice University; author, Danger and Opportunity:  An Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East


2011   An Ordinary Man
Paul Rusesabagina Founder and President, The Hotel Rwanda Foundation; author An Ordinary Man
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2010   Inaugural: Speak Truth to Power
Kerry Kennedy Founder and President, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; author, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing our World