Frieze to Explore ‘Ravished Armenia’ at Columbia

NEW YORK—On Thurs., Nov. 3, Dr. Donna-Lee Frieze of Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, will present a talk entitled, “Silence, Memory, and Sacred Drama: ‘Ravished Armenia’ in the Memorialization of the Armenian Genocide” at Columbia University. A screening of the short surviving fragment of the film “Ravished Armenia” will be shown in conjunction with the talk.

Frieze has taught a graduate unit on genocide studies for 10 years at Deakin University. In 2009, she was joint consulting scholar for a conference on Raphael Lemkin and sole consulting scholar for a six-month exhibition on Lemkin, both at the Center for Jewish History in New York. She is part of a research team publishing a history of the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne and is the editor of Raphael Lemkin’s autobiography (Yale University Press, forthcoming).

The talk begins at 7:35 p.m. in Room 501 in Schermerhorn Hall at Columbia University. It is presented by the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia, in association with the Armenian Center at Columbia and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), in conjunction with an ongoing Columbia graduate seminar, “Memories of the Armenian Genocide: An Exploration through Memoir, Literature, and the Arts,” taught by Armen T. Marsoobian, the Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor of Armenian Literature at Columbia, and professor and chair of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

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