Former editor of the Armenian Weekly, Dr. Khatchig Mouradian will present an illustrated lecture entitled “Resistance, Refuge, and Return: The Challenges Facing Syrian Armenians,” on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at St. David Armenian Church, 2300 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton, Fla. The program will be co-sponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues and St. David Church.
Mouradian will examine the challenges facing Syrian Armenians and the community’s responses to the conflict as war rages on in Syria. Through interviews, reports, statistics, photographs, and video footage, Mouradian presents the conditions of Armenians in Syria today as well as those who have sought refuge in Armenia, Lebanon, North America, and Europe. Exploring issues of human security, education, identity, the destruction of Armenian churches and monuments, and the rebuilding of community life, Mouradian situates the challenges facing the Armenian community within the broader context of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria and the Middle East.
Mouradian has been appointed the Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor in the Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University for the Spring of 2017. Dr. Mouradian received his Ph.D. in History from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, MA, in January 2016 and has previously taught at Rutgers University and California State University, Fresno.