March 27, 2002

LOS ANGELES, CA —Samantha Power, the author of a new book on 20th century genocides, will be the honored guest at a book signing event to be held at Borders Books in Glendale on April 28th. Power’s newly published book, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, examines the Armenian Genocide and its continued denial by the Turkish Government. The book signing will begin at 4 p.m. Borders Bookstore in Glendale is located at 100 S. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, at the corner of Brand and Broadway

The event at Borders Books is being hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region and is being co-hosted by a number of other community organizations.

Power’s book revisits the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, Iraqi attacks on Kurdish populations, Rwanda, and Bosnian ethnic cleansing. In her book Power makes a compelling argument that U.S. intervention in all these instances of genocide has been inadequate. The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, among others, have praised A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, as a “powerful study that is both a history and a call to action.”

“We are pleased to be hosting a book signing event for Samantha Power,” said ANCA-WR Board Member Raffi Hamparian “Her new book provides compelling evidence as to why genocide denial is such a serious matter. I believe everyone who attends this event will benefit from Samantha Power’s powerful insight on the national and international circumstances that allow genocides to occur,” he added.

Late last year Samantha Power joined a distinguished panel of academicians at an ANC sponsored Genocide Denial Conference that was held on the campus of Georgetown University. At this conference Power focused her remarks on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, where some 800,000 Tutsi and opposition Hutu were exterminated in the swiftest killing spree of the twentieth century.

Samantha Power is the executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1993 to 1996 she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for U.S. News and World Report and The Economist. In 1996 she worked for the International Crisis Group (ICG) as a political analyst, helping launch the organization in Bosnia. She is a frequent contributor to The New Republic and is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A native of Ireland, she moved to the United States in 1979 at the age of nine, and graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. She lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

Individuals wishing to learn more about this event are encouraged to contact the ANCA-WR at (818) 500-1918.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Naiery Misserlian
Email / Tel: (818) 500-1918
Armenian National Committee of America
Western Region
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