CLEVELAND – Richard
Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus at UCLA, Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman
University, and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Southern
California as a consultant for the Shoah Foundation, was in Cleveland in April
4-6 for back-to-back events relating to remembrance of and learning from the
At Case Western Reserve University, Hovannisian
was a key speaker at the inaugural Cleveland Humanities Festival organized by
the University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Prof. Peter E.
Knox, the new Director for the Center, selected “Remembering War” as this
year’s theme for the Festival.
Dr. Hovannisian’s topic was “Under Cover of War: The Armenian Genocide and Its
Continuing Ramifications.” The capacity audience of over 200 people was
captivated as they learned about the relationship of the Armenian Genocide to
World War I and its relationship to the Holocaust one generation later and
continuing crimes against humanity. The Q & A that followed included brisk
discussions and possible international measures to deal with the scourge. A
reception of Armenian pastries ended the event.
On April 5, Richard Hovannisian was invited to speak at the Federal Building in
Cleveland to connect the Armenian Genocide and its lessons with the Holocaust
and massive civil rights violations in its annual Holocaust Remembrance
Observation program. Mr. John Luckas, Chief of Staff, for Finance and
Accounting Service, Department of Defense opened the program. Ms. Dzaghig Poundardjian,
a Department of Defense employee and Chair of the Holocaust Remembrance
Committee, introduced the speaker after sharing her own personal family’s past
and current impact of the continuing turmoil in Syria today.
Dr. Hovannisian delivered a
powerful message on the theme of “Learning through Acts of Courage.” Several
hundred employees in Cleveland, and remote connections, listened as the speaker
integrated the experience of the Armenian Genocide into the daily lives of
students and the public today.
Cleveland Armenian Genocide Centennial
Committee’s Ara Bagdasarian and Kevan Asadorian initiated conversations with
Case Western Reserve University to include Dr. Hovannisian in this important
inaugural Cleveland Humanities Festival on April 4. Ms. Dzaghig
Pounardjian invited Dr. Hovannisian and organized the April 5 talk at the
Richard and Vartiter Hovannisian were
guests of honor at a reception at the Armenian Church of St. Gregory of Narek
on the evening of April 5. Ara Bagdasarian and Father Hratch Sargsyan welcomed
the couple and reflected on the importance of the recent programs relating to
the Armenian Genocide, before presenting Hovannisian with a beautiful
commemorative plaque. The church’s chorale group enriched the evening prior to
Richard Hovannisian will next appear
at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, on May 10 in a
program sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education on “From
the Armenian Genocide to the Holocaust: Remembering for the Future.” Also
participating are distinguished Holocaust scholar, Michael Berenbaum, as well
as the showing of the film “1915: The Movie,” followed by a Q/A session with director
Garin K. Hovannisian. Professional Development Credit is available for
teachers in New Jersey.
To register, go to: http://www.cse.edu/agc2016
Photo Caption 1: Professor Richard Hovannisian, key note speaker for the April 4 “Remembering War” Program.
Photo Caption 2:
Professor Richard Hovannisian presenting his lecture entiteld “Under cover of War, the Armenian Genocide and its Continued Ramifications” to a full house.
Photo Caption 3 (L-R): Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve
Director Peter Knox, key note speaker Richard Hovannisian, and Armenian Assembly of America Ohio State Chair Ara Bagdasarian, who is a member of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Ohio which co-sponsored the event.