GLENDALE —  Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian will present Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean: Musa Dagh—Dört Yol—Kessab, the newly published 14th volume in the UCLA series Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces, on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at the Armenian Society of Los Angeles Main Hall, 117 S. Louise Street, Glendale, CA.  The event is co-sponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), the Armenian Education Foundation, the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, Hamazkayin Jemaran Association, Nor Serount Cultural Association, and Tekeyan Cultural Association.

Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean focuses on the history, economic, cultural, educational and political developments among the Armenians in Musa Dagh, Dört Yol, and Kessab.  It also presents the thriving Armenian communities of Beylan and Antioch and the onetime Armenian villages in the Ruj Valley and those near Latakia.

Join Prof. Hovannisian to explore dramatic episodes in Armenian history and the heroism of the rugged and sturdy people who lived and defended these communities and, in the case of Kessab and a single village in Musa Dagh, continue to endure there.  The presentation will also examine the fraudulent transfer of the Sanjak of Alexandretta to Turkey in 1939 and the three-month occupation of the area by the al-Nusra front in 2014.

Copies of Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean, as well as other publications in the Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces Series, will be available the night of the lecture.

For more information about this program contact NAASR at 617-489-1610 or hq@naasr.org.

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