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 Today, 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 are conducting 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 live stream of the day long conference will start at 9.15 am Pacific Standard Time. to watch it go to the live stream page.
Following is the program of the conference:
9:00 am – 9:20 am(PST) Registration, Exhibition, Coffee/Cookies
9:20 am – 9:30 am(PST) Welcoming Remarks
9:30 am – 11:00 am(PST) SESSION I
Moderator: Prof. Sebouh Aslanian
Prof. Hratch Tchilingerian “From End of Empires to the Global Age: Issues and Questions in Armenian Political Ideology and Strategy”
Rev. Dr. Abel Manoukian “The Founders: Their Formative Period as University Students”
Prof. Gerard Libaridian “At the Origins of the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party: Problems and Paradoxes”
Q & A
11:00 am – 11:15 am(PST) Coffee Break
11:15 am – 1:00 pm SESSION II
Moderator: Prof. Houri Berberian
Prof. Vahram Shemmassian “Absolute Monarchy”: The Hunchakian Revolutionary Episode in Armenian Musa Dagh during the 1890s.
DR. Garabet Moumdjian “1895 to 1914: The Relations of Armenian Political/Revolutionary Organizations with the Young Turks”
Prof. Kevork Bardakjian “Ideology and Literature: The Mother Party and Some of Her Literary Children”
Q & A
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:15 SESSION III
Moderator: Prof. Ara Sanjian
Prof. Richard Hovannisian “The Hunchakian Party and the First Republic of Armenia”
Mr. Aram Arkun “The role of the Hunchakian party in post WWI Cilicia”
Prof. Ara Dostourian “The Labor & Political Work of the SDHP of the Eastern U.S.A. in the Context of the Worldwide Hunchakian Movement”
Q & A
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:45 SESSION IV
Moderator: Prof. Gerard Libaridian
Dr. Vartan Matiossian “The Hunchakian Party in the Armenian Communities of South America: An Outline of its Early History”
Prof. Ara Sanjian “Khrushchev, Karabagh and the Hunchakians: A Documented Journey in the World of Oral History in-Progress”
Q & A for this and all previous sessions
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks