Public debate to mark 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Stephen Gaies, director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, 319-273-3870,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The UNI Speech and Debate and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education have organized a debate titled, "Resolved: The United States Should Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide." It will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 137.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was carried out by the Turkish government against the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1916. It is often called the "first genocide of the 20th century." Countries such as France, Argentina, Greece and Russia have recognized the genocide, while Turkey and the United States have not.

"The Armenian Genocide itself and the response of our and other governments to it established a pattern that has continued for the next century," said Stephen Gaies, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. "For many countries-and certainly for our own-the issue of recognizing the Armenian Genocide dramatizes the frequent conflict in foreign policy between moral and pragmatic priorities."

At the event, two members of UNI Speech and Debate will debate each other on the topic. The audience will have the chance to participate and give feedback throughout the debate. The debaters can use this commentary in their closing statements.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gaies at 319-273-3870 or