Human Rights

Anoush Baghdassarian and Ani Schug with a Syrian refugee

A “passion for Armenian causes” prompted Anoush Baghdassarian ’17 and Ani Schug (PO ’17) to found the 5Cs Armenian Student Association.  

That same passion took them to Armenia last summer for a project to collect stories from Syrian Armenians who fled Aleppo to escape the Syrian war. They wanted to humanize the refugees as individuals, rather than anonymous subjects of news reports. “Overall, we wanted to empower people through saving and sharing their stories,” Baghdassarian said.

Anoush Baghdassarian

For Anoush Baghdassarian ’17, this summer is a double-header (and we’re not talking baseball). Among the select group of fellowship winners from the College this year, Baghdassarian won — and accepted — two awards: a Humanity in Action Fellowship (HiA) and a Davis Projects for Peace fellowship.

Prof. Doris Bergen

This past weekend, some 275 Holocaust scholars and survivors from around the world gathered in Claremont for the biennial Lessons and Legacies XIV, the largest conference of experts on the Holocaust. Hosted by Claremont McKenna College and CMC’s Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, the program ran from November 3-6. This marked the second time CMC has hosted the conference in its history.