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Armenian Genocide Program, American Jewish University, March 10, and Release of Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri edited by Prof. Richard Hovannisian

1. Program on Armenia, Auschwitz, and Beyond,March 10, 2014. 


2. Release of UCLA Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri volume




American Jewish University – Gindi Auditorium

Monday – March 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM


Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and in conjunction with the 44th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, a special program, Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond, will be presented Monday evening, March 10, 2014, on the Familian Campus of the American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, in Bel Air. The Program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the Public, with the entire community invited. Admission is free but reservations are required – please call 310/440.1279. The Program will be held at the Gindi Auditorium in theMain Building (Ziegler Administration Building) with adjacent complimentary parking available using the Lot 1 entrance.


The Program’s featured speakers are Professor Richard Hovannisian,University of California, Los Angeles, Stephen Smith, University ofSouthern California, and Professor Michael Berenbaum, American Jewish University,

Dr. Richard Hovannisian is Professor of Modern Armenian History, a past holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair at UCLAand currently Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University in OrangeCounty. The recent recipient of the UCLA Alumni Association’s “Most Inspiring Teacher” award, he is internationally acclaimed for his advancement ofArmenian Studies. His extensive scholarly publications have placed theArmenian Genocide into broader Near Eastern, Europeans and Russian contexts.


Dr. Stephen Smith, is the Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, as well as the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. A theologian by training, he continues to be involved in memorial projects around the world and lectures widely on issues relating to the history and collective response to the Holocaust, genocide and crimes against humanity. He recently presented the keynote speech at the United Nations on Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Dr. Michael Berenbaum, a world authority on the History of the Holocaust, is Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University and Executive Director of the Sigi Zering Institute, a think tank exploring the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust. He was involved with the creation of the United States HolocaustMemorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and, as Project Director, played a major role in its permanent exhibit; he has subsequently consulted on and designed museums on three

continents. He is also an award-winning producer and historical consultant for numerous acclaimed films on the Holocaust.


About the Annual Scholars Conference: Founded by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke in 1970, The Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches ( is an interdisciplinary, international, interfaith, intergenerational conference. It provides a forum for scholars to report the latest findings in Holocaust research, ensuring the valuable lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant for today’s world.


The Conference is hosted by different educational institutions around the country. This year, the American Jewish University is the Host Institution, with President Robert Wexler serving as the Honorary Chairman. Dr. Berenbaum is the 2014 Conference Chairman.

The Annual Scholars’ Conference is supported in part by individual donors, along with grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and Verbe et Lumière.


Press Release–Please open attachment for picture of book cover and for contents


February 10, 2014


Armenian Kesaria and CappadociaReleased


(Please open attachment for picture of book cover and for contents)



UCLA–Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia was released by Mazda Publishers in January 2014. This is the twelfth volume in the UCLA series titled Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces, edited and contributed to by Professor Richard G. Hovannisian, Past Holder ofthe AEF Chair in Modern History at UCLA and currently Distinguished Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University in OrangeCounty.

            Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia focuses on the history, religion, economic and social life, and cultural, educational, and political developments among the Armenians in the city of Kesaria (Gesaria) and its many outlying villages, such as Talas, Everek, Fenesse, Tomarza, Chomakhlu, Injesu, Efkere, and Germir. Contributors to the volume, aside from Hovannisian, include scholars James R. Russell, Robert W. Thomson, Gérard Dédéyan, Dickran Kouymjian, Sylvie L. Merian, Bedross Der Matossian, Hervé Georgelin, Jack Der-Sarkissian, Simon Payaslian, Tina Demirjian, and Vartan Matiossian.

            This volume derives from one of the eighteen international conferences organized by Professor Hovannisian between 1997 and 2010 relating to important historic Armenian regions, nearly all ofwhich are now devoid of their native Armenian inhabitants.

Copies of Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia may be obtained from Mazda Publishers, Armenian-related bookstores, or, ifin the United States of America, by contacting Professor Hovannisian directly at The other volumes in this series are Armenian Van/Vaspurakan (out of print/OP); Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush (OP); Tsopk/Kharpert (OP); Karin/Erzerum (OP);  Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia; Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa; Cilicia; Pontus and the Black Sea Communities; Karsand Ani; Constantinople; and Smyrna/Izmir.

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