WORCESTER, MA — The Clark University Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host a lecture by Rev. Dr Paul Haidostian entitled “The American Missionaries and the Armenian Genocide: How to Assess their Ministry?” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.
Reverend Paul Haidostian is the President of Haigazian University, which was established in 1955 in Beirut, Lebanon by the joint endeavors of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE). Haigazian University is an Armenian liberal arts University using English as the language of instruction. Haigazian is home campus to students from 20 countries throughout the world.
Rev. Haidostian is currently the Chair of the Central Committee of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East.
Rev. Haidostian holds a BA in Psychology from Haigazian College, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from the Near East School of Theology, a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
This event is presented by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. It is hosted by the Kaloosdian Mugar Chair and supported by the Asher Fund. For more information, call 508-793-8897.
The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is privileged to stand at the forefront in establishing the Armenian Genocide as a distinct focus of doctoral study.
In 2002, Carolyn Mugar and her late husband John O’Connor ’78, a Clark University trustee, donated the first-ever endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History and Armenian Genocide Studies. They challenged others to join them in supporting this innovative professorship named in honor of Carolyn’s parents Stephen and Marian Mugar, as well as Robert Aram ’52 and Marianne Kaloosdian. Robert Kaloosdian, a lawyer in Watertown, MA and former president of the Washington, DC- based Armenian National Institute, is a leader in Armenian affairs.
The mission of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is to educate undergraduate and graduate students about genocide and the Holocaust; to host a lecture series, free of charge and open to the public, to use scholarship to address current problems stemming from the murderous past; and to participate in public discussion about a host of issues ranging from the significance of state-sponsored denial of the Armenian genocide and well-funded denial of the Holocaust to intervention in and prevention of genocidal situations today.

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