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EVENT- Armenian Studies at the Sharp Edge (Film and Talk), Ara Sarafian, ALMA, Nov. 29

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EVENT- Armenian Studies at the Sharp Edge, Ara Sarafian, ALMA, Nov. 29

Dear Friends,

The Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) will host a
presentation "Armenian Studies at the Sharp Edge" by Ara Sarafian, the
founding director of the Gomidas Institute in London, UK. The one-hour
event will take place at ALMA's Contemporary Art Gallery on Thursday,
November 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm.

Ara Sarafian is a specialist of late Ottoman and modern Armenian
history. The first part of his presentation will be a discussion of
his recent trips to Turkey, from Istanbul to the Kharpert plain and
Lake Van. He will argue that there are now many new opportunities to
put the academic knowledge of Armenian history to good use in Turkey.
The presentation will be highlighted by a short documentary about the
monuments in the Kharpert region.

In the second part of the presentation, Ara Sarafian will discuss the
Gomidas Institute's ongoing work on the documentation of the Armenian
Genocide. He will look at the role of "history" and "literature" in
recording and teaching the Armenian Genocide of 1915, with special
reference to the work of Vahram Dadrian—a child survivor of the
genocide. He will argue that it is vital to continue publishing such
materials in a critical manner in order to broaden our common
understanding of the events of 1915 . Ara Sarafian is the director of
the Gomidas Institute, London. For more information about the Gomidas
Institute visit its website

Armenian Library and Museum of America
65 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-926-2562

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