TAMPA, FL — Despite the success, fame, and occasional notoriety of Armenians worldwide, not a lot is understood about Armenian history. An upcoming talk at the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center aims to change that.

Scholar Dr. Garabet Moumdjian will speak in the USF Tampa Library’s Grace Allen Room Thursday, April 23rd at 2:00 PM (4th floor). Entitled “Rising From the Ashes of Tragedy: Armenia’s Triumph Over It’s Genocide,” his talk will present an overview of Armenian civilization, their advanced feudal system that predated Europe’s, and the many waves of foreign invasion that followed.

Garo-MThe story of how the Armenian people and their 5,000 year-old culture survived a genocide and went on to form communities of highly successful professionals worldwide will be presented. Both experts and novices will learn something new in this talk by authoritative Armenian and Middle East studies scholar Moumdjian. Following the talk, hear from a panel of Armenian students on their personal and family experiences with this period in history.

The event at the USF Tampa Library is one of a series in April which memorialize the Armenian genocide and spread awareness of Armenian contributions:

A special screening of “Orphans of the Genocide” and director Q&A takes place on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 PM, at St. Petersburg’s Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM). The Museum presents director Bared Maronian’s acclaimed film, followed by a question and answer session. The program is part of the FHM’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement, and is presented in partnership with the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center and St. Hagop Armenian Church.

Local WEDU (PBS) channel will air “Orphans of the Genocide” and “The Armenian Genocide” on April 21st at 8PM

A complete list of the ‘Armenian 100’ events take place throughout April at:bit.ly/armenian100

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