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Preview of Silk Road Rising Panel Discussion- Eastern Christians: Commemorating Genocide, Confronting the Future

By Chicago-Splash Magazine Staff Writer

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A scene from Silk Road Rising's production of Night Over Erzinga. Photo courtesy of Silk Road Rising Ensemble


Silk Road Rising will be hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, August 6, at 7 PM on the Armenian Genocide.  This is a followup to their earlier production of Night Over Erzinga. 


This panel will feature representatives from Arab Christian, Armenian, Coptic, Muslim, and Syriac communities as they reflect on the centennial of the Armenian, Aramean/Assyrian, and Greek Genocides, and discuss present day challenges confronting Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and beyond.


For background, watch this video “The Armenian Genocide and Night Over Erzinga” . A Video Essay Written & Delivered by Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury.




Panelists will exchange ideas for strengthening pluralism and religious freedom in the Middle East, promoting security for all religious communities, and building greater Christian - Muslim cooperation. In addition, select excerpts from Adriana Sevahn Nichols' play Night Over Erzinga will be presented.  Here is scene preview from this play—



And here is a discussion of the play by the playwright—


Playwright Adriana Sevahn Nichols and Armenian community members discuss Night Over Erzinga.



The panelists at this event include:


Nairee Hagopian (Armenian Orthodox)

Dr. Kamal Ibrahim (Coptic Orthodox)

Dr. Nabeel Khoury (Melkite Greek Catholic)

Deacon George Kourieh (Syriac Orthodox)

Dr. Khalil Marrar (Sunni Muslim)


The panel will be moderated by Silk Road Rising's Artistic Director Jamil Khoury (Antiochian Orthodox). 



Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7 PM


Visit this Silk Road Rising Ensemble web page to register —it is free.

Published on Jul 30, 2015

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