Smyrna Izmir Conference at UCLA

Los Angeles––Scholars from Armenia–Argentina–Canada–France–Great Britain–Syria–and several universities in the United States will gather at UCLA on November 2 and 3 to recreate the history and culture (from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century) of the vibrant Armenian community of Smyrna/Izmir. The conference is the eleventh in the UCLA series on Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces. Open to the public without charge–it will be held on the UCLA campus in Young Hall 50–on Saturday–November 2–from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.–and on Sunday afternoon–November 3–from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. Parking will be available in Structure No. 2 at the Hilgard Avenue and Wyton entrance to UCLA.

The first Sunday session–from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m.–will be conducted in Armenian–with presentations by Dr. Albert Kharatyan and Tigran Sarukhanyan from Armenia. Kharatyan will present the role of the Smyrna community in the 19th century and Sarukhanyan–the importance of Hrachia Ajarian’s history of that community. Dr. Nora Arissian from Damascus–Syria–will discuss how Smyrna and the Smyrna tragedy were reported and portrayed in Arabic sources and journals.

The Sunday afternoon session from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.–will mark the 80th anniversary of the Smyrna tragedy of 1922–when the city was burned and Greek and Armenian inhabitants were driven into the sea.

The conference is organized by Professor Richard G. Hovannisian–Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA. Co-sponsors for the conference are the UCLA G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies–the Center for European and Russian Studies–and the International Institute. The conference program and other information about the UCLA Armenian Studies program may be found on the web site and a map of the UCLA campus may be found at (note the change in the conference auditorium for this conference).


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