MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (A.W.)—Armenian Weekly editor Khatchig Mouradian was recently named the Seventh Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecturer at the University of Minnesota. His talk, titled “What’s in a Name?: The Adoption of ‘Genocide’ to Describe the Annihilation of the Armenians in 1915-16,” will explore the various terms Armenians have used to describe the catastrophe that befell them in 1915-16, and the way the term “genocide” was incorporated into the discourse of Armenian newspapers.
Mouradian is a journalist, writer, and translator. He was an editor of the Lebanese-Armenian Aztag Daily from 2000-07, when he moved to Boston and assumed the editorship of the Armenian Weekly. Mouradian’s articles, interviews, and poems have appeared in publications worldwide and been translated to many languages. He has lectured extensively and participated in conferences in Armenia, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, and the United States.
The Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lectures result from a generous gift by Arsham Ohanessian to the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota. Previous speakers include Prof. Peter Balakian, Prof. Richard Hovannisian, and Etyen Mahcupyan.
Arsham Ohanessian was a successful businessman and avid musician. He was devoted to maintaining the memory of the Armenian Genocide as a way of promoting peaceful reconciliation among peoples. His gift to the University of Minnesota supports a wide range of educational, research, and public programs concerning ethnic and national conflicts and human rights.
The lecture will be held on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at Coffman Union, East Bank Campus, at the University of Minnesota.