Barbara J. Merguerian, Judy Saryan,and Dana Walrath: Responding to Violence: Female Voices and the Armenian Genocide

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Historian Barbara J. Merguerian, a founder of the Armenian International Women's Association (AIWA), will moderate a discussion about women's responses to the Armenian Genocide. Judy Saryan will present Zabel Yessayan's groundbreaking work, In the Ruins: The 1909 Massacres of Armenians in Adana, Turkey. AIWA is a sponsor of the Zabel Yessayan Project, which is publishing the writings of this extraordinary Armenian author, the only woman among the Armenian intellectuals targeted for arrest and murder at the start of the Genocide. Dana Walrath will speak about her novel Like Water on Stone, a fictionalized account based on her family history during the Armenian Genocide. These works illuminate the history of the Armenians during the latter stages of the Ottoman Empire. Both books offer the point of view of women and children who are often the primary victims of mass murder and genocide.

This lecture is sponsored by the Kaloosdian Mugar Professor and the Women's and Gender Studies Program

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