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NAASR News- March 5, 2009
Dear Friends:
NAASR will co-sponsor the second in a series of forums at Fordham Univesity, "What is the Future of Christianity in the Middle East?" on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Fordham's Manhattan campus, 113 West 60 Street, South Lounge.
While the Christian faith has spread to one-third of humanity in all corners of the earth, this faith is now threatened in its original home in the Middle East. Dr. Rachel Goshgarian of the Zohrab Information Center of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church will offer a history of "Christians in the Ottoman Empire." Rev. Dr. Peter D. Doghramji of the Armenian Evangelical Church will look at the "Past, Present, and Likely Future of Armenians in a Moslem Context in the Middle East," the focus of his doctoral dissertation research. Rev. Dr. Vahan Hovhanessian of the Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Queens will examine "Christians Today in War-Torn Iraq." Michael LaCivita and Norma Intriago of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association will discuss "Catholics in the Middle East today." The chair of this forum will be Bryan Ardouny, Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly in Washington, D.C.

This free public forum is hosted by the Fordham University Armenian Club, in cooperation with a consortium of several groups: the Fordham departments of history and theology, Armenian Assembly (, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (, Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, and Evereg Fenesse Educational Society (

This is the second in a series of six bimonthly Armenian forums on the second Tuesday of the month: March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, November 10. The next forum on May 10 focuses on "Valuable Resources for Armenian College Students." For any details, contact or 212-636-6393.

Other Upcoming Lectures and Programs: March - June 2009

Details subject to change. Additional events currently being planned. Detailed announcements of all events will be sent out.

Sun., March 15, 4:00 p.m.: Prof. Hrair Dekmejian and Dr. Gregory Ketabgian, "The Adana Massacres: A Psychosocial Analysis," at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum. Co-sponsored by the Museum and NAASR.

Sun., March 22, 4:00 p.m.: Screening of Dr. J. Michael Hagopian's film The River Ran Red at the Mosesian Theatre, Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts, followed by panel discussion with the director, Prof. Taner Akcam, Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, and Marc Mamigonian. This special event is made possible by a generous contribution by Peter and Minou Palandjian.

Thurs. March 26-Sat. March 28: Society for Armenian Studies 35th Anniversary Conference.

Conference Sponsors:
Society for Armenian Studies;
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies;
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies;
USC Institute of Armenian Studies:
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research;
And the Armenian Studies Programs of the
Armenian Center, Columbia University,
Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn,
California State University-Fresno,
California State University-Northridge,
University of California, Los Angeles,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Thurs., April 2, 8:00 p.m.: Dr. Rubina Peroomian: "And Those Who Continued Living in Turkey After 1915," at the NAASR Center.

Tues., April 14, 7:00 p.m.: Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at Tufts University, with lecture by Dr. Claire Mouradian (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris): "The American Jews and the Armenian Genocide." Sponsored by Tufts University, the Darakjian-Jafarian Chair in Armenian History, the History Department, and NAASR. At Goddard Chapel, Tufts Univ. Medford campus.

Thurs., May 7, 7:30 p.m.: "The Adana Massacre of 1909: Legacy and Perspectives," a mini-symposium on the 100th anniversary of the Adana Massacres with Aram Arkun, Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, Dr. Dikran Kaligian, and Dr. Lou Ann Matossian. Location to be announced.Thurs., May 14, 8:00 p.m.: Greg Aftandilian, "World War II as an Enhancer of Second Generation Armenian-American Identity," at the NAASR Center.

Sat., May 16, 12:00 noon: 55th Annual NAASR Assembly of Members, with public lecture by Prof. Erik Goldstein of Boston University on "Great Britain and the Re-Emergence of Armenian Statehood," at the NAASR Center.

Thurs., May 21, 8:00 p.m.: Lorne Shirinian: "The Georgetown Boys," co-sponsored by the Zoryan Institute and NAASR. At the NAASR Center.

Thurs., June 4, 8:00 p.m.: Arshag Merguerian Memorial Lecture: Dr. Omar Khalidi, "The Armenian Churches and Cemeteries of India," at the NAASR Center.

Weds., June 17, 8:00 p.m.: Prof. George Bournoutian, "The Archival Chamber of Etchmiadzin," at the Alex Manoogian Cultural Center, 930 Progress Avenue, Scarborough, Ont. Co-sponsored by the AGBU-Toronto and NAASR.


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