January 24, 2013 - 13:26 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Humanities Gateway at UC Irvine hosted earlier this month Dr. Rubina Peroomian, currently a Research Associate at the UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department, Asbarez reported.
It was one out of a series of lectures to be held at UC Irvine to educate and bring awareness to the Irvine community about the Armenian Genocide as well as sponsor the yet to be established Armenian studies program.
The lecture began with Professor Touraj Daryaee, professor of ancient Armenian and Persian studies at UC Irvine, who introduced Professor Peroomian with a brief summary of her life, achievements, and active role in the Armenian community.
Peroomian has been an expert on the Armenian genocide for years, teaching and also educating others on how to effectively communicate knowledge about the horrific massacres of 1915. Her literary works alongside her unfailing faith in the Armenian Cause have gained her a Lifetime Achievement award by the Armenian Educational Foundation, one by the Armenian National Committee of America, and many other medals and awards.
Peroomian discussed her latest book “The Armenian Genocide in Literature: Perceptions of Those Who Lived Through the Years of Calamity” (2012), which provides the means of analyzing and understanding the interpretations of transmission of the traumatic memory through first, second, third, and even fourth generations of survivors.
By conducting interviews with Genocide survivors and reading stories of genocide, Peroomian broke into the “gloomy labyrinth of Armenian Genocide literature” and was deeply affected by the material she heard and read.