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.Armenian Genocide Looted Art and Restitution (UCLA)



Armenian Genocide Looted Art and Restitution


Armenian Genocide Looted Art and Restitution
Saturday, February 10, 2024 to Saturday, February 10, 2024
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
The Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium (Fowler Museum)
308 Charles E. Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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In the summer of 2023, the Armenian Genocide Research Program (AGRP) spearheaded the Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research Project (AGLARP), a multidisciplinary, collaborative research project aimed at (1) fostering research on Armenian art, cultural heritage, and other cultural objects that were looted, destroyed, or transferred in conjunction with the Armenian Genocide by using several disciplinary methods; and (2) engaging in critical thinking and action on the many dimensions of justice, dialogue, restitution, and repair regarding the losses of Armenian culture arising from the Armenian Genocide. The project is a follow-up to the AGRP’s March 2023 conference at UCLA, What’s Next?: Armenian Genocide Restitution in the Post-Recognition Era.

The AGLARP leadership team is in the process of planning the project’s second phase and will shed light on recent and upcoming efforts during a conference at UCLA on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific Time). This exciting and critical event will consist of a documentary screening about the March conference, discussions of the AGLARP’s summer research findings, and a roundtable on how this conversation applies to past and current events, as well as what lies next for the AGLARP.


09:30 – 10:00   Registration + Coffee

10:00 – 10:15  Welcoming Remarks
Ann Karagozian, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA  and Director of The Promise Armenian Institute (PAI)
Marc A. Mamigonian, Director of Academic Affairs, National Association for  Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Amy Landau, Director of Education and Interpretation at Fowler Museum at UCLA

10:15 – 10:25  Introduction of Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research Project (AGLARP)
Taner Akçam, Director of Armenian Genocide Research Program

10:25 – 11:30 AGLA Documentary Screening (In-Person Audience Only)
Filmmaker: Carla Garapedian

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch Break
Lunch will be served.

12:30 – 12:45 Message from Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, Special Representative of the  Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues
Introduced by Nanor Hartounian, Program Coordinator of the Armenian  Genocide Research Program

12:45 – 01:10 Reflective Remarks from E. Randol Schoenberg, world-renowned lawyer and  genealogist

01:10 – 01:35  Reflective Remarks from Lauren FielderAssistant Dean for Graduate and  International Programs and Director of the Institute for Transnational Law

01:35 – 02:00 AGLARP Final Report Presentation
Michael Bazyler (Professor of Law, 1939 Society Law Scholar in Holocaust and  Human Rights Studies, Chapman University) and Heghnar Watenpaugh  (Associate Professor of Art History at University of California, Davis)

02:00 – 02:20   AGLARP Research Presentations
Moderator:  Serena Pelenghian
Researchers:  Dickran Khodanian
Gregory Mikhanjian
Ani Parnagian
Angie Sophonpanich

02:20 – 02:40  AGLARP Q&A
Taner Akçam
Michael Bazyler
Dickran Khodanian
Gregory Mikhanjian
Ani Parnagian
Angie Sophonpanich
Heghnar Watenpaugh
Lauren Fielder

02:40 – 02:55  Coffee Break

02:55 – 03:20  Remarks from Simon Maghakyaninvestigative researcher

03:20 – 05:00   “What’s Next” Roundtable + Q&A
Moderator:  Marc A. Mamigonian
Discussants:  Taner Akçam
Michael Bazyler
Heather Ferguson, Associate Professor of Ottoman and Middle  Eastern History, Claremont McKenna College
Lauren Fielder
Hannah Garry, Professor from Practice and the Executive  Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA  School of Law
Armen Hovannisian, Board Member and Former Chairman of the  Armenian Bar Association
Amy Landau
Simon Maghakyan
Justin St. P. Walsh, Professor of Art History, Archaeology, and  Space Studies, Chapman University
Heghnar Watenpaugh

Visitor self-service, Pay-By-Plate parking available at UCLA Parking Structure 4.

  • Enter UCLA campus Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Plate area of the lot.
  • Automated pay stations in Pay-By-Plate accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards.
The parking fee is a maximum of $14 for the whole day.
  • The Fowler is visible to your left when you ascend from the elevator or stairs.

Sponsor(s): The Fowler Museum at UCLAThe National Association for Armenian Studies and ResearchThe Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of LawThe Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna CollegeInstitute for Transnational Law at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law



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