Author Edward Minasian to Speak on His New Book Musa Dagh at Fresno State

FRESNO–Author Edward Minasian, will speak on his new book, Musa Dagh, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. The lecture, part of the Spring 2007 Lecture Series of the Armenian Studies Program, will be held in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191, on the Fresno State campus. The lecture is co-sponsored with the Armenian Students Organization at Fresno State. The lecture will be based on Minasians new book, which is a chronicle of the Armenian Genocide factor in the subsequent suppression, by the intervention of the United States government, of the movie based on Franz Werfels The Forty Days of Musa Dagh. The book briefly covers the events in the Ottoman Empire, relating to its Armenian inhabitants, 1890-1915, the actual siege and deliverance of the inhabitants of the village of Musa Dagh in 1915, Werfels inspiration to write the novel, and the many attempts by MGM to produce the movie. The book is based on research done in the archives of MGM and the United states State Department. Edward Minasian is a long time educator and professor at Laney College, 1964-1993. He is the author of The Armenian Community of California: The First One Hundred Years, and The Armenia’s, a student handbook. He has been active in the Armenian community of the Bay Area in a variety of capacities. Copies of the new book will be available for purchase after the talk. The lecture is free and open to the public. Relaxed parking is available in Lot J, after 7:00 p.m.

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