Thursday, 12 February 2009

The Academic War over Karabagh: Lectures by Prof. Bournoutian‏

Dear Friends ,

Please join the Bay Area ANC and the UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program for a series of lectures in Berkeley and San Francisco, by

Dr. George Bournoutian

Professor of Middle East history and expert on Eastern Armenian history

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

Wed., Feb. 25, 2009, 12:00 pm, 270 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Czarist Russia and the Armenian Church: A Historical Perspective

Thurs., Feb. 26, 2009, 12:00 pm, 270 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Armenian Chroniclers as Primary Sources for the History of Persia in the 17-18th Centuries

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. 8:00 pm, Vaspouragan Hall, 51 Commonwealth Ave., SF, 94118

The Academic War Over Karabagh: Historical Revisionism with Political Impact

Reception to follow lecture

Dr. George Bournoutian is Professor of East European and Middle Eastern Studies at Iona College, New York. Voted "Outstanding Professor" many times, he is also the author of eleven books and has taught at Columbia University, Tufts University, New York University, Rutgers University, and elsewhere. Fluent in at least 5 languages, Bournoutian is an authority on Eastern Armenian studies, from the 16th to the 19th century. His translations of primary sources have received laudatory reviews.

Although the ceasefire between Armenians and Azerbaijanis is holding steady, the battle over the record of Karabagh's ethnic identity still rages. Prof. Bournoutian has recently published "Two Chronicles on the History of Karabagh," an expanded version of his 1994 book, History of Qarabagh (1994), providing a detailed picture of Karabagh in the 18th and early 19th centuries, culled from histories written by Turkic Muslims during that time.

In the lecture "The Academic War Over Karabagh," Bournoutian will discuss how some Azerbaijani scholars have manipulated original 19th century Persian texts to suit their present-day political agendas.

The Feb. 27 lecture is hosted by the Bay Area ANC and the UCB Armenian Studies Program.

The Feb. 25 & 26 lectures are sponsored by the UCB Armenian Studies Program; the UCB Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and the UCB Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. For more information, please call (510) 643-5844.

Armenian National Committee
San Francisco - Bay Area
51 Commonwealth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
Tel: 415-387-3433
Fax: 415-751-0617


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