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Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean Musa Dagh–Dort-Yol–Kessab – ( A.R.P.A.)


1992 – Twenty-Four Years of Service

To Armenia And Diaspora – 2016

                                                        ARPA Institute Illustrated Presentation



By Prof. Richard Hovannisian

Armenian Communities of the

Northeastern Mediterranean

Musa Dagh–Dort-Yol–Kessab



Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 7:30PM

In the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall of the Merdinian School:

13330 Riverside Dr. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Abstract: Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean focuses on the history economic, cultural, educational and political developments among the Armenians in Musa Dagh, Dort 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 us 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. Richard G. Hovannisian is Professor Emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA, President’s Fellow at Chapman University, and Adjunct Professor of History at USC to work with the Shoah Foundation on testimonies of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. A native of Tulare, California, Hovannisian received his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. in history from UCLA. A member of the UCLA faculty since 1962, he organized both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Armenian history and served as the Associate Director of UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies for two decades. Professor Hovannisian is a Guggenheim Fellow, a founder and six-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS), and a member of a number of editorial boards, scholarly organizations, and civic organizations, including the Armenian Monument Council, of which he was the President during the years of the memorial’s construction and dedication in Montebello in the 1960s. He has given more than 2,500 university and community lectures in 48 countries and has participated in numerous teacher workshops and international forums and media events on the
Armenian Genocide and other issues related to Armenian, Near Eastern, and Russian/Soviet affairs. Richard
Hovannisian has published more than 30 volumes on Armenia History and culture and seven other books on Near Eastern history, society, and culture. In addition, he has edited and contributed to fourteen volumes in the UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces”.

Disclaimer: The Merdinian School is not the sponsor of this event and any opinions expressed during the event are not those of the School.
For information please contact Dr. Hagop Panossian at (818) 453-0618 or

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