CCTEC Presents 'The Morgenthau Story'

News Story: January 1, 2009

Filmmaker Apo Torosyan, left, with Henry Morgenthau, Sr.

Apo Torosyan, the celebrated artist and filmmaker, will present The Morgenthau Story at Sacred Heart University. His vivid film explores the heroic efforts of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., who was U.S. ambassador in Constantinople before World War I and who helped save thousands of lives in the years following the Armenian genocide. Torosyan’s topic will be “Humanity, Ethics and the Danger of Genocide.” Free and open to the public, this presentation will be in the University’s Faculty Lounge on Thursday, February 12, at 7:30 P.M.

This special program will be sponsored by the University’s Center for Catholic Thought, Ethics and Culture, which is directed by Dr. June-Ann Greeley, who also heads SHU’s Middle Eastern Studies program. The general theme for the Center’s programs this year is “Genocide and the Bystander.”

Filmmaker Torosyan tells the story of Henry Morgenthau through interviews with his grandsons and great-granddaughter. The elder statesman appealed without success to the rulers of the Ottoman Empire to halt the killings, and after the expulsion of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians from Turkey, he helped save thousands of lives by leading the Refugee Relief Committee in Greece.

Torosyan’s artwork has been presented in shows in seven countries. One of his works will be featured in the upcoming Sacred Heart University Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibit, “The Elements:  Earth,” which opens January 25.

For further information, contact Professor Greeley at 203-371-7713.