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THAT TROUBLESOME WORD, GENOCIDE: How Should We Understand It? ~ Friday, April 21, 2023 ~ In-Person/On Zoom/YouTube

Armenian Genocide Genocide NAASR Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA Ronald Suny UCLA History Dept UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights UCLA Richard Hovannisian Chair in Modern Armenian History

Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:00 pm Eastern / 4:00 pm Pacific

In-Person, at UCLA, 6275 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles

Live on Zoom. Registration is required and free.

Livestream on the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute YouTube channel

DR. RONALD GRIGOR SUNY, William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago

A. DIRK MOSES, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of International Relations at the Colin Powell School for Civic and International Leadership at the City College of New York, CUNY

Professor Ron Suny, emeritus of the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan -- and author of a major study of the massacres and deportations committed by the Ottoman Turks in 1915, "They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton University Press, 2015) -- uses the insights of Moses' work to take a fresh look at the Armenian tragedy and how it provides another lens to look at the concept of genocide.

Australian historian and student of genocides, Professor Dirk Moses, recently published a bold and provocative challenge to political and military leaders, as well as the field of genocide studies -- The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression (Cambridge University Press, 2021) -- which questions the utility of the concept of genocide, analyzes its harmful effects, and proposes that an alternative concept, permanent security, be used as a more inclusive and effective analytic for crime against civilians. Genocide leaves too much out, for example, aerial bombing, and lets states, notably Western countries, off the hook by allowing arguments made from military necessity.

Richard Hovannisian Chair of Modern Armenian History at UCLA
Second Raymond H. Kévorkian Annual Armenian Genocide Remembrance Lecture

Armenian Studies Center at the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
UCLA Department of History
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES)
UCLA Promise Armenian Institute
UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law

For more information visit the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute website.

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