UCLA Smyrna Conference to Take Place in November

Sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History–UCLA–Historic Armenian Cities And Provinces Conference Series: No. 11 "The Armenian Community Of Smyrna/Izmir" will take place on November 2-3–at 100 Moore Hall–University Of California–Los Angeles.

On November 2–Richard Hovannisian of UCLA will present "Armenian Smyrna–An Introduction," followed by "The Smyrna Armenian Community: A Historical Overview" by Robert H. Hewsen of Rowan State University (Emeritus)–"The Aegean Armenian Communities–14th-18th Centuries" by Albert Kharatyan of the Institute of History in Yerevan–"Swedish-Armenian Relations and Smyrna" by Artsvi Bakhchinyan of the Armenian Center for National & International Studies in Yerevan–"Armenian Language Publications of the American Missionary Press at Smyrna" by Barbara Merguerian of California State University in Fresno–"The Armenian Press of Smyrna and the Role of Arshaloys Araratian" by Osheen Keshishian of Glendale Community College and The Armenian Observer–"Armenian Art of Smyrna" by Christina Maranci of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee–"Armenian Literature and Enlightenment in Smyrna–1850-1900" by Sona Seferian of Yerevan State University–"The Hripsime Educational Association of Smyrna" by Victoria Rowe of the University of Toronto–"Armenia’s in Smyrna–Interethnic Relations in the 19th and Early 20th Century" by Hevr Georgelin of the cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris–"The Demise of Armenian Smyrna: An Oral History Perspective" by Rubina Peroomian of UCLA–"From Asia Minor to the Amazon and Rio de la Plata: Smyrna Armenia’s in South America" by Vartan Matiossian of Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires and Hovnanian School in New Jersey–"The Smyrna Armenian Dialect" by Bert Vaux of HarvardUniversity.

A discussion will follow after all the lectures on Saturday–November 2.

On November 3–from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.–the first session in Armenian will take place. During the Armenian section of the lectures–Tigran Saroukhanian of Institute of History in Yerevan will present Hrachia Ajarian’s "History of the Smyrna-Armenian Community," followed by "The Smyrna Armenian Community during the Tanzimat Period" by Albert Kharatyan of Institute of History in Yerevan–and "Smyrna in the Arabic Sources" by Nora Arissian of Damascus–Syria.

A discussion will follow the Armenian lectures.

From 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the same day–lectures focusing on the 80th Anniversary of the Smyrna Tragedy (1922-2002) will be presented. Speros Vryonis–Jr.–of UCLA and New York University (Emeritus) will present "The Greco-Turkish Conflict in Asia Minor" followed by "The Burning of Smyrna–1922" by Marjorie Housepian Dobkin of Barnard/Columbia University (Emerita)–"Ernest Hemingway–Henry Miller–and the Destruction of Smyrna" by David S. Calonne of Eastern Michigan University–and "Case Studies in Survival: Two Armenian Physicians in Smyrna" by Jack Der-Sarkissian of Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

A dicussion will also follow the lectures on the Smyrna Tragedy.


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