Film Screening And Discussion: They Shall Not Perish

The Near East Foundation, Syracuse University’s Newhouse Center for Global Engagement and Middle Eastern Studies Program present an exclusive screening of They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief




  • Screening and panel discussion They Shall Not Perish, a story about the Armenian Genocide and the saving of 150,000 orphans.

  • Friday, September 8th at 5:30 p.m., Hergenhan Auditorium (Newhouse School)

  • Panelists: 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner for poetry Peter Balakian, Award-winning director George BillardDr. Charles Benjamin President of NEF, Beth A. Broadway President/CEO of InterFaith Works, moderated by Prof. Ken Harper.

  • Near East Foundation is a 100 year old NGO (here in Syracuse) formed in response to the Armenian Genocide.

  • Sponsored by Newhouse Global, Near East Foundation and Maxwell.

  • The Near East Foundation has been working with Newhouse and Maxwell students and faculty for years and is looking to do more.



We’re partnering with the Near East Foundation and the Maxwell’s Middle Eastern Studies Program to bring an important film screening and panel discussion to Newhouse. The title of the film is: They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief. Friday, September 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the Herg.

Produced by NEF Board Member Shant Mardirossian and award-winning director George Billard, the documentary details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and in the aftermath of the crisis that came to be known as the Armenian Genocide. The film teaches us the amazing role ordinary citizens can play in responding to humanitarian crises.

Following the screening, Ken Harper, Director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, will moderate a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Shant Mardirossian and George Billard, Near East Foundation President, Charles Benjamin, Interfaith Works CEO Beth Broadway, and Armenian-American author and historian Peter Balakian. The discussion will focus on lessons learned from the film and current efforts to support refugees and other marginalized populations in Syracuse and around the world. Please read more about our panelists below.

The work that the Near East Foundation started a century ago continues to be reflected in its work today as the humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Middle East. NEF’s local teams are working on the ground, side by side, with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Lebanon helping them to gain economic independence and achieve self-sufficiency, primarily though entrepreneurship, vocational training, and livelihoods support.

NEF entered into a strategic partnership with Syracuse University almost a decade ago, which opened the door to a new collaboration with both the Maxwell School’s Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, an organization dedicated to bringing knowledge to the world through storytelling, collaboration, and innovation.

Parking is available at the Sheraton Hotel Parking Garage (corner of University Ave and Waverly) and the Crouse Hospital Parking Garage (corner of S. Crouse Ave and Waverly).

See the attached flyer for more details and feel free to share with friends that would be interested in joining us.  If you need further assistance please contact Ken Harper at

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One Land One love – The Stories of building peace through economic cooperation in Palestine and Israel

Past Near East Foundation, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement Project – 2014