LOS ANGELES — The Shoah Foundation, headed by executive director Stephen Smith, will be present in Yerevan for ceremonies marking the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The delegation, composed of Dr. Smith, Karen Jungblut, Director of Documentation and Research; Professor Wolf Gruner, Director of the Center for Advanced Genocide Studies; and Professor Richard Hovannisian of UCLA and USC, will attend the two-day Global Forum, where Smith and Hovannisian will give brief addresses and on April 24 lay a wreath from the Shoah Foundation at the Genocide Memorial. From Yerevan, the delegation will travel to Istanbul to participate in the outdoor program to take place in Taksim Square on the evening of April 24. The Shoah Foundation is placing 30 Armenian survivor interviews on its web site during the month of April. Richard Hovannisian has been filmed to introduce the first five in the series, which may be accessed on the USC Shoah Foundation web site https://sfi.usc.edu/search/node/hovannisian
While in Yerevan, Professor Hovannisian will also be honored on April 21 on the occasion of the publication of the Armenian translation of Volume II of his Republic of Armenia. The event is sponsored by the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences and the International Center for National and International Studies. Volumes three and four in the series are currently being translated as well.
Prior to departing for Yerevan with the Shoah Foundation Delegation, Richard Hovannisian’s April lectures include Kean University in New Jersey on April 7, sponsored by Holocaust and Genocide Studies; the UCLA conference “Genocide and Global History,” organized by Professor Sebouh Aslanian and the Chair in Modern Armenian History on April 10; “We Not Only Survived, but Thrived” conference, sponsored by the Saints Sahag and Mesrop Church of Philadelphia and organized by Dr. Alfred Mueller II on April 11, and the World Without Genocide organization of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul on April 14. Following his return from Yerevan and Istanbul, Richard Hovannisian will give the Armenian Genocide centenary lecture at Chapman University in Orange, California on April 28 and at Portland State University on May 6.