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Speaker to discuss Armenian Genocide on May 1

Posted 04/23/14

Taner AkcamA recognized expert on the Armenian Genocide will discuss that dark chapter in history in a lecture at Fitchburg State University on Thursday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Taner Akcam, the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephan and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, will make his presentation on the eve of the centennial of World War I.

“As we mark the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, Dr. Akcam’s work is indispensable for understanding the Armenian Genocide,” said Fitchburg State University Professor Ben Lieberman, who has organized the presentation.

Akcam is an internationally recognized human rights activist and was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to recognize and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide. He is the author of several books, most recently, “The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire” (2012), which earned the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani Book Award (2013) and was named one of the year’s (2012) best books on the Middle East by Foreign Affairs.

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