The First Republic of Armenia and Its Importance Today, an Evening with Dr. Hovannisian

Next
year will mark forty-five years since the publication of the first volume of
Richard G. Hovannisian’s magnum opus The Republic of Armenia, and the
completion of its translation into Armenian.  The volumes stand as a
foundational work for the study of modern Armenian history and a unique
contribution to the field of Armenian Studies. 

Dr. Hovannisian will be
speaking about the importance of the first Republic of Armenia on Thursday,
December 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Armenian Church of Belmont, 380 Concord
Ave., Belmont, MA.

Covering
the years 1918-1921 and drawing on a vast array of archival and published
sources, Hovannisian’s work chronicles in painstaking detail the brief lifespan
of the first independent Armenian state in more than half a millennium. 
Although, as Hovannisian observed, “the historical moment was unpropitious for
enduring Armenian freedom,” and when he wrote those words the existence of the
present-day Republic was twenty years off, today we are afforded a different
perspective and the time is right to reexamine those crucial few years of the
First Republic’s existence.     

Richard G. Hovannisian is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence,
the four-volume history The Republic of Armenia, and has edited and
contributed to more than thirty-five books including The Armenian Genocide
in Perspective; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times;
Remembrance and Denial; Looking Backward, Moving Forward; The
Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies;
and fourteen volumes of
proceedings from the UCLA conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and
Provinces.”  A member of the UCLA faculty since 1962, he was the first
holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History,
which is today renamed in his honor, and is presently an adjunct professor at
USC, advising the Shoah Foundation on its Armenian Genocide testimony
collection.

Copies of The Republic of Armenia and other of Prof. Hovannisian’s books will be available the night of the lecture.

Admission is free, and there will be a reception following the program.

The
event is hosted by the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research,
and co-sponsored by the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian National Committee of
Eastern Massachusetts, the First Armenian Church of Belmont, and the Hamazkayin
Armenian Educational and Cultural Society. 

For more information contact NAASR at
617-489-1610 or hq@naasr.org.

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.
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