Dr. Susan Harper Presented ‘Genocide and American Humanitarianism: Lessons from World War I and Its Aftermath’ in Sarasota


(FLArmenians) – The Sarasota World Affairs Council (SWAC) hosted Dr. Susan Harper for an informative presentation on the Armenian Genocide entitled ‘Genocide and American Humanitarianism: Lessons from World War I and Its Aftermath’ at New College of Florida, in Sarasota, FL. The event took place on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 PM in the Sainer Auditorum.

Susan Harper is a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was Senior Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a graduate of Yale University, and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She discussed the role that the genocide in Armenia played in setting the precedent that has affected American response to genocide in all conflicts since World War I. The knowledge and compassion of Americans in reaction to the catastrophe in Armenia were not successful in stopping the killings, and a terrible precedent was born in 1915, which has haunted the United States and other Western countries throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Harper has researched and presented on the Armenian Genocide for almost two decades.

During the 19th Library of Congress Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Series at the Library of Congress last year, Dr. Harper presented “American Humanitarianism in the Armenian Crucible, 1915-1923.”

During that presentation, Harper reported her findings about physician missionaries who as part of the overall Near East Relief effort traveled to Armenia and other countries to deliver medical aid in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. Harper’s presentation focused on the contributions of Dr. Mabel Elliott who tended to the medical needs of refugees in Armenia, Turkey, and Greece, and who authored one of the compelling accounts of the era, “Beginning Again at Ararat.”

Held on May 7, 2015 the Vardanants Day lecture coincided with the opening day of events organized by the National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee and the Ecumenical Service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. later that evening.

In addition, Dr. Harper previously participated in the conference organized in September, 2000 by the Armenian National Institute and the Library of Congress where she presented a paper on the missionary Mary Louise Graffam who witnessed the Armenian Genocide. Her and other presenters’ papers were published by Cambridge University Press in “America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915,” under the editorship of Dr. Jay Winter.

The Sarasota World Affairs Council lecture with Dr. Susan Harper was free for the general public, but reservations were suggested. A reception with the speaker followed for SWAC members.

Armenian Assembly of America to Hold Annual Members Meeting in Florida

Annual Members Meeting Will Take Place in Boca Raton, March 11-13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) is pleased to announce the schedule for the Assembly’s Annual Members Meeting weekend in Boca Raton, Florida, March 11-13, 2016. This year’s meeting will feature a special book presentation with highly acclaimed photojournalist Scout Tufankjian, who will present her book entitled There is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project.


The Assembly’s Annual Members Meeting weekend will kick-off with a young professionals reception at Tap 42 in Boca Raton on Friday, March 11 at 7:00 PM with select appetizers and open bar. On Saturday, March 12, Assembly members are invited to a complimentary breakfast at 9:30 AM, followed by the annual trustees and members meeting from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. A complimentary buffet brunch will be served after the meeting.

On Saturday night, guests are invited to a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails at 7:00 PM, with live musical guests Dick Barsamian (Oud), John Arzigian (Accordion), and Mike Gregian (Dumbeg). Tickets for the Saturday evening reception are $75 and can be purchased online.


The Assembly’s Annual Members Meeting weekend will conclude on Sunday, March 13 with a book presentation by Scout Tufankjian at 1:00 PM at St. David Armenian Church. The book presentation is free and open to the public, but online registration is required.

Individuals can sponsor the Assembly’s Annual Members Meeting at Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,250), or Bronze ($750) level. Bronze sponsors will receive two tickets to the Saturday night cocktail reception. Silver sponsors will receive four tickets to the Saturday night cocktail reception. Gold sponsors will receive six tickets to the Saturday night cocktail reception.


The Assembly’s Annual Members Meeting weekend will take place at the Marriott Hotel at Boca Town Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Guests that are traveling from out of town should call (561) 392-4600 to reserve a room at the Assembly’s reduced rate of $179.00 per night using the code “ARMARMA.” Guests must book by February 17 to receive the Assembly’s reduced rate. To become a sponsor please contact Assembly South Florida Regional Council Chair Arsine Kaloustian at FloridaAssembly@gmail.com, or click here to register online.

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 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.