April 28, 2015 • 7 p.m.
Wallace All Faiths Chapel I Fish Interfaith Center

Dr. Richard HovannisianRichard G. Hovannisian, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History,
University of California, Los Angeles

In April 1915, with the arrest of more than 200 Armenian leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople, the government of the Ottoman Empire initiated the events that would result in the death of between one and one and a half million Armenians. Under the cover of war, most of the Armenian men were subjected to mass executions or sent to brutal slave labor that few survived. The elderly, women, and children were forced on death marches into the Syrian desert, where they died of thirst, starvation, and exhaustion, or were shot by their guards. These horrific events were not secret, but were documented by diplomats, including U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Sr., and were reported in newspapers, such as the New York Times. In this lecture, Dr. Richard Hovannisian discusses these events and their enduring significance, 100 years later.

Dr. Richard Hovannisian is the preeminent  historian of Armenia and the Armenian genocide. He is the author and editor of many books, including Looking Backward, Moving Forward: Confronting the Armenian Genocide, The Armenian  Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies and the four-volume work, The Republic of Armenia. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the “I Witness Award” of the Jewish World Watch.

Admission is free. No tickets/reservations required.
Reserved seating is available for groups of 10 or more.
Contact Ashley Bloomfield at (714) 532-7760 or ambloom@chapman.edu to make group reservations.