Third Historic Armenian Cities Series to Take Place at UCLA

LOS ANGELES–The third in a series of lectures on historic Armenian cities–Kharpert–is scheduled to take place at UCLA’s Young Hall on Saturday–May 16–featuring a host of noted scholars and educators discussing the provinces of Kharpert and Sopk.

Sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History in cooperation with the Krikor Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies–the lecture will begin at 9:30 p.m. with an introduction by UCLA Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian.

Following Hovannisian’s introduction–presentations will be made by Vartan Matiosian of Universidad del Salvador–Buenos Aires (Kharpert-Malatia and Armenian Origins)–David Stephens Calonne of Ann Arbor–Michigian (Movses Khorenatsi’s Myth of Tork)–Everett L. Wheeler of Duke University (Southwestern Armenia as a Roman Frontier) and Robert H. Hewsen of Rowan University in New Jersey (The Five Peoples of Tsopk-Sophene–3rd-6th).

Refreshmen’s will follow–then another triad of lecturers–beginning with James Russell of Harvard University discussing the Armenian Epic and Digenes Akrites; Lucy Der Manuelian of Tufts University discussing Medieval Tsopk/Kharpert: Castles–Churches and Crusaders; and Krikor Beledian of Institut Catholique de Lyon–presenting From the Image to the Experience of Destruction: Kharpertsi Writers and Provincal Literature.

The afternoon session will begin at 2:15 with a presentation by UCLA’s Peter Cowe on Tlkatentsi as Idelogue of the Regional Movement in Armenian Literature–followed by a presentation by Frank Stone of the University of Connecticut and Trinity College (The Heritage of Euphrates College)–Ara Sarafian of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Social-Demographics of Kharpert and the Villages of Golden Plain) and Barbara Merguerian–Editor–Journal of Armenian Studies (Kharpert: The View from the US Consulate).

The day-long presentation will conclude with three lectures–the first being a film presentation by J. Michael Hagopian–President–Atlantic Productions (The Last Days of Kharpert–1915)–followed by Marc Michanian of Columbia University (Vahan Totovents before and after the Catastrophe) and Vahram Shemmassian–Principal–Merdinian Armenian School (The Final Armenian Exodus from Kharpert–1929-30).

The lectures are open to the public–and admission is free. Parking is available at Parking Structure 2 at Hilgard and Westholme–or Parking Structure 9 at Westwood and Circle Drive. For more information contact Prof. Hovannisian at (310) 825-3375–or by e-mail at


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