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1/27 – Armen Marsoobian on Memorializing the Armenian Genocide @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers

Jan 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free

Between 1915 and 1922, in the last days of the Ottoman Empire, the government of Turkey killed 1.5 million of its Armenian citizens. To this day, the Turkish government refuses to acknowledge officially that a genocide took place.

In his recently published Fragments of a Homeland: Remembering Armenia, Armen Marsoobian, professor of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, pieces together his family’s story from the 18th century up through the genocide, drawing on the rich store of memoirs, letters, photographs, and drawings that they have preserved through the years. On January 27th at 7:00 P.M., Dr. Marsoobian joins Brooklyn Public Philosophers to discuss the work of memorialization, and what makes it important. Here’s a bit more about the talk, in his own words:

Memorialization and Bearing Witness in the Aftermath of the Armenian Genocide

I discuss the nature and value of memorializing historic crimes against humanity such as genocide. Its importance for the victims and their descendants is highlighted. Further, I explore the importance of memorialization for collective historical memory, especially in situations where historical memory has been subverted by genocide denial. Among the many aspects of memorialization, its role in bearing witness will be explored. I illustrate my presentation by describing my memory projects in Turkey that deal with the controversial issue of the Armenian Genocide.

As usual, we meet in the Info Commons lab at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza).

See you there, I hope!


Jan 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Brooklyn Public Library, Info Commons Lab
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States


Brooklyn Public Philosophers