The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party is the longest serving Armenian political party. Founded in Geneva in 1887, the SDHP has played an important role at every stage of our nation’s history.
An academic conference scheduled for October 27th at the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium of Woodbury University in Burbank will mark the 125th Anniversary of the SDHP. The conference is organized by the Armenian Educational Benevolent Union (A.E.B.U.) and Nor Serount Cultural Association (N.S.C.A.); and co-sponsored by the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn; Woodbury University and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). A host of renowned historians, academics and scholars will conduct a day-long review of the political, intellectual and social history of the Armenian people, as analyzed through the history of the Hunchakian Party and many of its prominent members who shaped it.
The following is the list of the scholars who will participate in the Conference, and the titles of the papers they will be presenting:
– Rev. Dr. Abel Manoukian
“The Founders: Formative Period as University Students”
– Prof. Kevork Bardakjian (University of Michigan , Ann Arbor)
“Ideology and Literature: The Mother Party and Some of Her Literary Children”
– Prof. Gerard Libaridian (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, retired)
“At the Origins of the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party: Problems and Paradoxes”
– Prof. Vahram Shemmassian (California State University, Northridge)
“Absolute Monarchy: The Hunchakian Revolutionary Episode in Armenian Musa Dagh during the 1890s”
– Dr. Garabet Moumdjian (Independent Historian)
“1895 to 1914: The Relations of Armenian Political/Revolutionary Organizations with the Young Turk”
– Prof. Hratch Tchilingirian (Oxford University)
“From End of Empires to the Global Age: Issues and Questions in Armenian Political Ideology and Strategy”
– Prof. Richard Hovannisian (University of California, Los Angeles)
“The Hunchakian Party and the First Republic of Armenia”
– Mr. Aram Arkun (Independent Historian)
“The role of the Hunchakian party in post WWI Cilicia”
– Prof. Ara Dostourian (Prof. of History Emeritus, University of West Georgia)
“The Labor & Political Work of the SDHP of the Eastern U.S.A. in the Context of the Worldwide Hunchakian Movement (1890-2000)”
– Dr. Vartan Matiossian (Armenian National Education Committee)
“The Hunchakian Party in the Armenian Communities of South America : An Outline of its Early History”
– Prof. Ara Sanjian (University of Michigan, Dearborn)
“Khrushchev, Karabagh and the Hunchakians: A Documented Journey in the World of Oral History in-Progress”
Seating to the Conference is limited. The organizers encourage all who wish to attend to pre-register at [email protected]
Admission is free, however a $100 donation will offer the donors: Confirmed registration to the Conference (lunch included), an invitation to a special gathering “Dinner with the Scholars” due to be held on the night of the Conference at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale, and preferred seating to the SDHP 125th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for Nov. 18th at the Glendale High School Auditorium.
The conference will be web-broadcast live.
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