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Armenian Cultural Association Holds Lecture in Hannaford Lecture Hall

The University of Southern Maine will sponsor a lecture by Taner Akçam titled “Turkish National Security and the Denial of Armenian Genocide.”  This lecture, sponsored by the Armenian Cultural Association of Maine, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, November 18 in Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

Sociologist and historian Taner Akçam is widely recognized as one of the first Turkish scholars to write extensively on the genocide of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in the early 20th century. Akçam’s latest book, “The Armenian Issue is Resolved: Policies Towards Armenians During the War Years,” has been translated into seven languages.  A graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara and the University of Hannover in Germany, Akçam holds the Kaloostian/Mugar chair for Genocide studies at Clark University.  He has most recently worked with the Hamburg Institute for Social Research on issues concerning the history of violence and torture in Turkey.

USM sponsors include: School of Social Work; Muskie School of Public Service; Department of Political Science; History Department; and Multicultural Student Affairs.  Community sponsors include: Douglas M. Schair Memorial Lecture; Bateman Partners; Lance Berberian; and Old Port Wine Merchants.

For more information, contact Jeanette Andonian, USM associate professor of social work, at 780-4115 or andonian@usm.maine.edu.