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January 13: Taner Akcam, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Armenian Genocide Survivors and the Aleppo Rescue House of the League of Nations,” at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Cambridge, MA. Co-sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, the Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair at Clark University, and NAASR.

January 23: Vahe Tachjian, “The Houshamadyan Project: Reconstructing Armenian Village and Town Life in the Ottoman Empire,” at St. Leon Armenian Church, Fair Lawn, NJ. This event is jointly sponsored by Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Network of America- Greater NY, Hamazkayin of NJ, Knights of Vartan Bakradouny Lodge of NJ, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), St. Leon Armenian Church, and Tekeyan Cultural Association.

January 25: Vahe Tachjian, “The Houshamadyan Project: Reconstructing Armenian Village and Town Life in the Ottoman Empire,” at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum. Co-sponsored by the AEM and NAASR.

January 31: Conference: “The Armenian Genocide: Accounting and Accountability,” at CSU-Northridge. Co-sponsored by the United Armenian Council of Los Angeles, the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research, the Knights of Vartan – Los Angeles County Chapters, the Armenian Bar Association, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at CSUN, and the Mousa Ler Association of California.

February 5: Marc Mamigonian, “Academic Denial of the Armenian Genocide in American Scholarship: Denialism as Manufactured Controversy,” at UCLA. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Armenian Studies Program and NAASR.

February 6: 13th Annual UCLA Graduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program at UCLA, the Society for Armenian Studies, and NAASR.

February 15: Matthew Karanian, “Historic Armenia After 100 Years: Ani, Kars, and the Six Provinces of Western Armenia,” at the Ararat-Eskjian Museum. Co-Sponsored by the AEM and NAASR.

February 19: Ronald Suny, “ ‘They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else’ : Explaining the Armenian Genocide,” at Mt. Holyoke College. Co-sponsored by the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Mt. Holyoke College; the Departments of History, Modern European Studies, and Slavic and East European Studies, University of Massachusetts; the Department of Russian, Amherst College; and NAASR.

February 26: Christopher Simpson, “Oil, Politics, and the Genocide in Armenia: The First World War in Retrospect,” at George Mason University. Co-sponsored by the Knights of Vartan, NAASR, and Genocide Watch.

March 5: Umit Kurt, “'Legal' and 'Official' Plundering of Armenian and Jewish Properties during the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust within a Comparative Perspective,” at the NAASR Center.

March 8: Fatma Muge Gocek, “Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence Against the Armenians,” at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum. Co-sponsored by AEM, Organization of Istanbul Armenians, and NAASR.

March 19-20: Conference, “Crossing the Centennial: The Historiography of the Armenian Genocide Re-Evaluated.” At the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Judaic Studies, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) in cooperation with the Department of History, the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program, and the Institute of Ethnic Studies at UNL.

March 19: Laure Marchand and Guillaume Perrier, “Turkey and the Armenian Ghost,” at the NAASR Center.

March 19: Gregory Stanton, “Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocides of Armenians, Native Americans, and Tutsis in Rwanda,” at George Washington Univ. Law School. Co-sponsored by the Knights of Vartan and NAASR.

March 25: Symposium: “Armenia 1915-Auschwitz 1945: Small Nations and Great Powers,” with Marc A. Mamigonian, Simon Payaslian, and James R. Russell, moderated by Hovhannes Ghazaryan, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School European Club, the Harvard College Armenian Students Association, the Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies at Harvard, and NAASR.

April 12: “Near East Relief and Its Legacy: A Century of Service to Armenians and to Humanity.” At the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA. With the participation of Shant Mardirossian, Charlie Benjamin, Molly Sullivan, Suzanne Moranian, Amb. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, and Abp. Oshagan Choloyan. Presented by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and the Near East Foundation.

April 15: Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at Tufts University, with lecture by Claire Mouradian, “A Century of Oblivion: The Time Has Come to Listen to the Voices of the Survivors.” Co-sponsored by Tufts University, the Darakjian-Jafarian Chair in Armenian History, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Armenian Club at Tufts University, and NAASR.

April 18: Marsha Skrypuch, “Writing About the Armenian Genocide: Connecting with Young Readers,” at the Watertown Public Library, Watertown, MA. Co-sponsored by St. Stephen’s Armenian El-ementary School, the Watertown Public Library, and NAASR.

May 1: “Transforming Cynicism Into Success: Diasporan Involvement in Armenia’s Economic Development,” a panel discussion moderated by Ani L. Kharajian of the Harvard Business School, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Organized by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and co-sponsored by the MIT Armenian Society.

May 15: Book reception with Steve Kurkjian, Master Thieves, at St. James Armenian Church. Co-sponsored by St. James and NAASR.

May 21: Henry Theriault, "Resolution with Justice: Reparations for the Armenian Genocide Reconsidered," at the NAASR Center.

May 27: An Evening with Eric Bogosian: “Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide,” at the National Heritage Museum (Scottish Rite Masonic Museum), Lexington, MA. Presented by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) with the cooperation and co-sponsorship of the AGBU New England District, AGBU-YP Boston, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Armenian Museum of America, Armenian Women’s Welfare Association, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, Project SAVE Armenian Photographic Archive, and Tekeyan Cultural Association.

May 28: Eric Bogosian: “Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide,” at St. Leon Armenian Church, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Network of America-Greater NY, NAASR, St. Leon Armenian Church, and the Tekeyan Cultural Association.

June 5: Lou Ureneck: “The Great Fire: The Forgotten True Story of an American Rescue”

June 11: Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy: “Sacred Justice: The Voices and Legacy of the Armenian Operation Nemesis,”at the NAASR Center.

August 23: Levon Chookaszian: "Armenian Orphans of the Genocide Who Became Painters," at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum.  Co-sponsored by the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and NAASR.

September 20: Aline Ohanesian, “Orhan’s Inheritance,” at Ararat-Eskijian Museum. Co-sponsored by AEM and NAASR.

September 23: Armen Marsoobian: "Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia" at the NAASR Center. Co-Sponsored by NAASR and Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives. 

October 1: Presentation of New Book: Goodbye, Antoura by Karnig Panian at the Armenian Museum of America. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Cultural Foundation, the Armenian Museum of America, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and Tekeyan Cultural Association. 

October 8: Dana Walrath, "Like Water on Stone" at the NAASR Center. 

October 15: Scout Tufankjian, "There Is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project" at St. Leon Armenian Church, Charles & Grace Pinajian Youth Center. 

October 15: Eric Bogosian, "Operation Nemesis" at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church 

October 25: Treasures of Western Armenia: A Conference on Material Culture & Genocide in Western Armenia at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum-Sheen Chapel. Co-Sponsored by the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), the Armenian Jewellers Foundation.

November 8: “Hearing the Lost Voices: Armenian Writers and the Legacy of the Genocide,” at the Armenian Museum of America. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Museum of America, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and PEN New England.

The participants in the program included Eric Bogosian reading Siamanto; Dr. Gerard J. Libaridian reading Daniel Varoujan; Dr. Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy reading Zabel Yessayan; Dr. Herand Markarian reading Roupen Sevag; Dr. James R. Russell reading Misak Medzarents; and Danila Terpanjian and Judy Saryan reading Zabel Yessayan.

November 12: Sayat Tekir, “A New Awakening: Armenian Advocacy and Activism in Istanbul,” at First Armenian Church, Belmont. Co-sponsored by the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), Armenian Youth Federation, Greater Boston Nejdeh Chapter (AYF), Bostonbul, Friends of Hrant Dink, and NAASR.

November 15: Vahram Shemmassian, “On the Trail of My Musa Dagh Ancestry,” at Ararat-Eskijian Museum. Co-sponsored by the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (Yerevan), Mousa Ler Association of California, NAASR, and Organization of Istanbul Armenians.

November 19: Peter Balakian, “Elia Kazan, Hollywood, and the Armenian Genocide,” at St. Leon Church, Fairlawn, NJ. Co-sponsored by AGBU Ararat, Armenian Network of America-Greater NY, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), St. Leon Armenian Church, and Tekeyan Cultural Association.

December 1: Peter Balakian, “Elia Kazan, Hollywood, and the Armenian Genocide,” at the Armenian Museum of America. Co-sponsored by Tekeyan Cultural Association, Facing History and Ourselves, Armenian Museum of American, and NAASR.

December 3: Richard Hovannisian, “The First Republic of Armenia and Its Importance Today,” at First Armenian Church, Belmont.  Co-sponsored by NAASR, the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian National Committee of America, Eastern Mass., First Armenian Church, and Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.

December 10: NAASR Christmas Open House with talk by Christina Maranci, “Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia”