Seminar Brings Historic Kharpert to Forefront

WESTWOOD–More that 450 turned out for the third in a series of lectures on historic Armenian cities at UCLA’s Young Hall Saturday–featuring a host of noted scholars and educators discussing the history–culture and heritage of the provinces of Kharpert and Sopk.

Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian introduced the seminar which was sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History in cooperation with the Krikor Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies.

Some 15 scholars from around the world provided detailed insight on the origins–art–literature–history–culture–politics and heritage of Kharpert and Sopk during the day-long seminar which also included a film presentation entitled "The Last Days of Kharpert: 1915," produced by the Dr. J. Michael Hagopian of the Armenian Film Foundation.

Other scholars included James Russel of Harvard University–Lucy Der Manuelian of Tufts University–UCLA’s own Peter Cowe–Krikor Beledian of Institut Catholique de Lyon–Ara Sarafian of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and Marc Nichanian from Columbia University.

Over the past year and a half–the historic cities series has become a crucial tool to bridge the gap between the past and present and bring out important facets of historic Armenia to the public.

Asbarez will provide in depth coverage of the topics discussed during the seminar in its upcoming issues.

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