MISSION HILLS, Calif.–Dr. Prof. Verjine Svazlian, Leading Researcher, Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide and Institute of Archaeology & Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia, will speak at the Armenak Der Petrossian Hall of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 500 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA, on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be co-sponsored by the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and will be held under the auspices of the Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate.
Since the 1950s, Svazlian has dedicated herself to collecting and recording and thereby saving from total loss the popular oral tradition communicated, in different dialects, by the Armenia’s forcibly exiled from Western Armenia, Cilicia, and Anatolia, as well as the testimonies, memoirs, and songs of historical character narrated by the eyewitness survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
She has presented her research in many conferences around the world and in many articles and books, including Hayots tseghaspanutyun: Akanates veraproghneri vkayutyunner (The Armenian Genocide: Testimonies of the Eyewitness Survivors), Kilikia: Arevmtahayots banavor avandutyune (Cilicia: The Oral Tradition of the Western Armenia’s), and Bolsahayots banahyusutyune (The Oral Tradition of the Armenia’s of Constantinople).
Dr. Svazlian has been honored with the Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Medal by the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia in 2003, the Memorial Medal “for meritorious services in the field of Genocide Studies” by the Government of the Republic of Armenia on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2005, and the Presidential Prize and Gold Memorial Medal of the Republic of Armenia “for the valuable contribution in the recognition of the Armenian Genocide” in 2006, among many other distinctions.
More information on Dr. Prof. Svazlian’s talk may be had by calling 617-489-1610, faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing at [email protected], or by writing to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478; or by contacting the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at 818-838-4862 or [email protected]