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Witnessing the Armenian Massacres ~ The Story of a Physician, a Poet, an a Book of Poems: Dr. Diran Balakian, Siamanto, and Bloody News from My Friend

Adana Armenian American Medical Association of Boston Armenian Genocide Collective Trauma NAASR Peter Balakian Siamanto

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific

In-Person Event at the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building, 395 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA.

On Zoom and the NAASR YouTube channel Armenian Studies

DR. PETER BALAKIAN, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Colgate University

Peter Balakian will discuss the book of poems Bloody News from My Friend by Siamanto (1878-1915). Dr. Diran Balakian, Peter Balakian’s grandfather, at the time of the 1909 Adana massacres was working as a physician tending to the wounded and was also an eyewitness to the atrocities. He wrote letters home to his family documenting what he witnessed. Siamanto, who was Dr. Balakian’s friend, utilized the letters as a source for this famous book of poems published in Constantinople in 1909 as Կարմիր լուրեր բարեկամէս (Garmir lurer paregamēs).

DR. PETER BALAKIAN is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the department of English at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He is the author of many books, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, winner of the Raphael Lemkin Prize; Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Award for Memoir; and Ozone Journal, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Find Dr. Peter Balakian's books in the NAASR Bookstore.

Armenian American Medical Association of Boston
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