Cilician Armenia Conference to Feature Aram I

LOS ANGELES–The seventh in the UCLA conference series `Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces’ will feature Armenian Cilicia from ancient times to the twentieth century. Scholars from Armenia–Belgium–Canada–France–Germany–Italy–and the United States will participate in the two-day conference–October 20-21–from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Professor Richard Hovannisian–conference series organizer and holder to the Armenian Educational Foundation Armenian History Chair at UCLA–stated: `This conference will have particular significance because of the presence and participation of His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia–and because it will constitute a part of the ongoing celebrations and commemorations of the seventeenth centenary of the official adoption of Christianity in Armenia. It happens also to mark the 40th anniversary of Armenian Studies at UCLA–and I am gratified that I have been a part of the program since its inception.’

The series is sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA–and the Cilician Armenia conference has as co-sponsors the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America/Richard and Tina Carolan Fund–and the UCLA Division of Social Sciences–International Studies and Overseas Programs–and Center for Modern and Contemporary Studies.

The first day of the conference will be held in the newly-renovated Schoernberg Auditorium with opening remarks by Professor Hovannisian–UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale–and His Holiness Aram I. The morning sessions will feature the history of the Cilician Armenian principality and kingdom and relations between the Armenian Church and the Western churches during this period. Speakers will be Azat Bozoyan (Armenia)–Gerard Dedeyan and Claude Mutafian (France)–Peter Halfter (Germany)–and Robert Hewsen–Abraham Terian–and Peter Cowe (USA).

The Friday afternoon session–from 2 to 6 p.m.–will include historic–literary–and linguistic themes with Victoria Rowe (Canada)–and James Russell–Dickran Kouymjian–Rubina Peroomian–David alonne–and Bert Vaux (USA). Each session will be followed by a discussion period. Parking for the program in Schoenberg Auditorium on Friday will be in Structure No. 2 at the Hilgard and Westholme Avenue entrance to UCLA.

The sessions on Saturday–October 21–will shift to Dickson Auditorium in the Art Center in North Campus. The morning sessions will highlight Armenian Art–Architecture–and Manuscripts. Speakers include Levon Chookaszian–David Kertmenjian–and Stella Vardanian (Armenia)–Bernard Coulie (Belgium)–and Christina Maranci and Scott Redford (USA). The afternoon sessions from 2 to 6 p.m. concentrate on the modern period of Cilician Armenia from the massacres of 1909 and the Genocide of 1915 to repatriation of the survivors after World War I–their final exodus in the 1920s–and the re-establishment of Catholicosate of Cilicia in Lebanon. These subjects will be covered by Raymond Kevorkian and Vahe Tachjian (France)–Hilmar Kaiser (Italy)–and Garabet Moumdjian–Vahram Shemmassian–and Simon Payaslian (USA). The conference will conclude with a retrospective by Professor Hovannisian and an appreciation by His Holiness Aram. Parking for the Saturday–October 21–sessions will be in Structure No. 3 at the Hilgard Avenue entrance to UCLA immediately south of Sunset Boulevard.

An overflow audience is expected–and seating will be made available on a first-come basis. The conference is without charge and open to the public. There is a UCLA parking fee.. Consult the UCLA web site for a detailed map of the campus and its parking facilities: www.ucla.edu/map/

For further information–contact Professor Hovannisian at (310) 825-3375. a.m. hours only–or e-mail: Hovannis@history.ucla.edu

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