Vani Apanosian Makes a Presentation

PH Teacher Vani Apanosian Conducts a Social Justice Presentation on the Armenian Genocide
On February 11, 2021, Ms. Vani Apanosian, Special Education/English teacher at Pascack Hills High School and Pascack Valley alumna, presented a virtual program for Montclair State University in February, hosted by the Musicians for Social Justice student organization. This came about when one of Ms. Apanosian’s professors from a graduate Holocaust/Genocide class she had taken, Dr. Tamara Freeman, reached out to Ms. Apanosian about a presentation she had given for class, thinking it would make a great program to promote inclusivity and art activism. Dr. Freeman is the faculty advisor for the organization, whose present goal is to bring attention to other ethnic minority groups that are not as mainstream.
The event targeted music/art majors, general education majors, as well as family, colleagues and other invited guests of Ms.Apanosian. The presentation centered on the Armenian Genocide, as well as this most recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh, how art was used for advocacy purposes as well as cultural preservation for both events, and how Ms. Apanosian incorporates her story and culture in her teaching practice to promote inclusivity. Ms. Apanosian used Pear Deck add-on tools in her multimedia presentation, which featured video of Armenian dance, classical music, art and social justice posters, to make it more engaging.
Her audience of approximately 30-40 people were engaged throughout and offered thoughtful and positive reflections throughout and at the presentation’s conclusion.
Picture: Vani Apanosian making her presentation in a video conference
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