Date Time: May 27, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Mehmet Polatel, Ph.D. Lectures on “Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property”
Tekeyan Cultural Association
AGBU Western District,
Armenian Assembly of America,
Armenian Council of America,
Armenian Rights Council of America,
Armenian Society of Los Angeles,
Nor Serount Armenian Cultural Association,
Organization of Istanbul Armenians
This virtual lecture by Dr. Mehmet Polatel focuses on the Young Turks’ expropriation and destruction of Armenian properties.
Dr. Polatel is currently a Junior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. degree from Bogazici University in Istanbul with his dissertation centered on the emergence and transformation of the Armenian land question in the late Ottoman Empire. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he earned a B.A. in International Relations from Middle East Technical University in Ankara in 2007, and an M.A. in Comparative Studies in History and Society from Koç University in Istanbul in 2009. After receiving his Ph.D., he was awarded a Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellowship in Armenian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Polatel’s research interests focus on state-society relations, socioeconomic history, the Armenian Genocide, and the dispossession of Armenians. He is the co-author a book with Uğur Ü. Üngör entitled “Confiscation and Destruction: Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Properties” (Bloomsbury, 2011). In addition, Dr. Polatel has published several articles and book chapters on the Hamidian Massacres, the land question, and the Armenian Genocide.
Today we remember our beloved Onnig Balyan , our dear Onnig Ahparig , whom we lost shortly after celebrating his 80th birthday , five years ago today . A brilliant soccer star in his youth , one of the visionary founders of OIA back in 1976 , a righteous man of action his entire life a true soldier for the nation , who was always an honest , steady , reliable advisor to us , the younger generations who try to carry the baton as to the best of their abilities .. On the occasion of his birthday , we think of Onnig Ahparig of blessed memory who is sorely missed and never forgotten !! May he continue to Rest In Peace in Heaven !!!! Edvin Minassian Esq. Chairman of OIA Board of Trustees