Hrant Dink Tribute at UCLA to Take Place on Feb. 25

UCLA–"Hrant Dink: His Legacy and His Challenge" is the theme of an afternoon program to be held at UCLA in tribute to Hrant Dink. The event will include speakers from Turkey and the United States, a video presentation, musical interludes, and a general discussion, followed by the sharing of the traditional memorial "helva." The Sunday afternoon program will be held on February 25, at 3:30 p.m. in 147 Dodd Hall on the UCLA campus. The sponsoring organizations are the UCLA Armenian Studies Program, Near Eastern Center, and Jewish Studies Center, together with the Organization of Istanbul Armenia’s and Initiative of Turkish Students to Commemorate "Our Hrant." Professor Richard Hovannisian of UCLA will moderate the event. Keynote speakers are Professor Ayse Gul Altinay of Sabanci University in Istanbul, a dear friend of Hrant Dink, and Dr. Ruben Cetinyan, a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA. Brief commen’s will be made by Simon Acilac, President of the OIA; Zeynep Turkyilmaz of the Initiative of Turkish Students; and Dr. David Myers, Director of the Jewish Studies Center. Musical selections will be rendered by Albert Gyunasdyan, violin, and Mamekon Arutunyan, duduk. A video montage of "Our Hrant" will be shown during the program. The program is open to the public at no charge on a first-come basis. Parking may be found along Hilgard Avenue or in Structure No. 2 ($8.00), entrance from Hilgard Avenue at Westholme Avenue. Dodd hall is located one block directly north of the parking structure. For further information: Prof. Richard Hovannisian: hovannis@history.ucla.edu, telephone 310-825-3375, office hours, MWF, 9 a.m. — 12:00 noon, or Zeynep Turkyilmaz: zeynep@ucla.edu.

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