Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An Illustrated Memorial Lecture in Honor of Dr. Marjorie Housepian Dobkin

Upcoming event: An Illustrated Memorial Lecture in Honor of Dr. Marjorie Housepian Dobkin

The Smyrna catastrophe, 1922-2013 by Richard G. Hovannisian, Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History

Date: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Leon Armenian Church, 12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ

September 2012 marked the 90th anniversary of the Smyrna Catastrophe when much of the city, the second largest in the Ottoman Empire, was destroyed by fire during the final phase of the Greco-Turkish War. The calamity, a part of the final phase of the Armenian Genocide, marked the end of a strong Christian presence in the historic Aegean coastal regions and turned hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Armenians into refugees.

In this illustrated lecture, Prof. Richard Hovannisian will discuss the important role of Smyrna (Izmir) in modern Armenian history and the inferno that engulfed the city in September 1922. Hovannisian is the editor of the recently published Armenian Smyrna/Izmir, the eleventh volume of proceedings from the UCLA conference series Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces. He also traveled to Izmir and its environs in June 2012 as the historian-guide for a NAASR Armenian Heritage Tour led by Armen Aroyan.

Armenian Smyrna/Izmir will be available
for signing by Professor Hovannisian

This event is jointly sponsored by
A.G.B.U. Ararat,
Armenian National Committee of NJ,
Armenian Network of America – Greater NY Region,
Constantinople Armenian Relief Society (C.A.R.S.),
Hye Doon: Armenian-American Support & Education Center,
Knights of Vartan Bakradouny Lodge of NJ,
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR),
NY Armenian Students Association,
St. Leon Armenian Church,
The Zohrab Center,
Tibrevank Alumni

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

For more information, call 201-791-2862.

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