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The Extraordinary Humanitarian Legacy of the Near East Relief and Three Generations of Kerrs

Ani Hovannisian Ararat-Eskijian Museum Kerr Family Lecture NAASR Richard G. Hovannisian UCLA Promise Armenian Institute

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 10pm Eastern / 7pm Pacific
In-Person at UCLA 404 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
On Zoom and the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute YouTube channel.

ANI HOVANNISIAN, Documentarian

RICHARD HOVANNISIAN, Emeritus Professor of History, UCLA

This inaugural Kerr Family Lecture will feature documentarian Ani Hovannisian, who will speak on the extraordinary contributions of Stanley and Elsa Kerr during and after the Armenian Genocide in Marash, Aleppo and Beirut, as well as the legacy carried on by their descendants.

Introductory reflections on the contributions of the Kerrs and other American humanitarians will be offered by Richard Hovannisian, Ph.D., emeritus Professor of History at UCLA and the inaugural holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History.

For more event details and registration, please visit the event webpage at

The Kerr Family Lecture, an endowed lectureship, is named in honor of the Kerr family, whose progenitors include Professor Stanley and Elsa Reckman Kerr, who helped to rescue and provide exemplary humanitarian care for survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915–23. The annual Kerr Family Lectureship is designed to amplify the stories of heroes and heroines who dedicated themselves to saving and supporting victims and survivors of violence and mass atrocities in times of crisis.

UCLA Promise Armenian Institute

Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM)
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

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