Kim Kardashian Gets Serious – Again – at President Obama Event

05/08/2014 at 08:20 PM EDT

Is it motherhood? Her upcoming wedding?

Suddenly, Kim Kardashian is showing another, more serious side of herself.

The reality starlet took time out from wedding preparations to attend a gala in Los Angeles on Wednesday marking the 20th anniversary of the video testimonials project established by Steven Spielberg after his movie Schindler's List.

In recent years, the project, in which victims give lengthy testimonials about their ordeals that can be viewed online, has been expanded beyond Holocaust victims to include other genocides, including the Rwandan and Armenian genocides and the Nanjing Massacre.

Kardashian – who in recent days has shared concerns about raising her daughter in a racist world – praised that expansion.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE at the event, she said she's been "extremely passionate about getting people to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, and the foundation here has acknowledged 400 Armenian genocide survivors and gotten their testimony, and I'm really proud of that.

"And I'm here to represent the Armenians!" she added proudly.

The ceremony was hosted by Conan O'Brien and included a speech from Liam Neeson (who portrayed Oscar Schindler in the movie). Bruce Springsteen performed acoustic versions of "Promised Land" and "Dancing in the Dark," and Spielberg presented President Barack Obama with the USC Shoah Foundation's Ambassador for Humanity Award.

Kardashian spoke and took photos with Yevnique Salibian, a centenarian and genocide survivor who lives in the same Armenian retirement home that Kardashian's grandparents had lived in.

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