GLENDALE–The Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF) has announced that it will be granting $50,000 to the Armenian Genocide Oral History project at UCLA. This project was conducted at the UCLA History Department by Professor Richard G. Hovannisian in the early 1970’s. As a part of the project–researchers interviewed and recorded the testimonies of Armenian genocide survivors who were then in their 70’s and 80’s. 1600 hours of interviews with more than 800 survivors were recorded on audiotapes that are now in need of modern preservation.
The AEF Board of Directors has allocated a $50,000 contribution to the preservation projec. The grant will be presented to Hovannisian–Chair of the Modern Armenian History Department at UCLA–in a special ceremony held at Brandview Collection–109 E. Harvard St.–Glendale–on Tuesday–November 3–6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
The UCLA Modern Armenian History Chair was established by the AEF in 1986–and since then–the AEF has been a supporter of its conferences and special projects. This recent grant will be used by Hovannisian to digitize and preserve the audiotapes of the Armenian genocide survivors’ testimonies. Supporting this very important endeavor will contribute to the ongoing struggle to reaffirm the scope of the Armenian genocide and to defeat the forces of denial.
The Armenian Education Foundation–Inc. mission is the advancement of the Armenian heritage through support of education. Since 1950–the AEF has funded over $7,000,000 dollars in forms of scholarships–gran’s to educational institutions worldwide–and renovation of over 125 schools in Armenia–Karabagh–and Javakhk. The AEF is a non-profit 501c(3) organization with its main office in Glendale–California.
The public and the press are cordially invited to attend the ceremonies. For further information–please telephone the AEF office at (818)242-4154.