The 100th anniversary of the Adana Massacres to be marked in Belmont

PanARMENIAN.Net - The 100th anniversary of the Adana Massacres will be marked with a special mini-symposium entitled "The Adana Massacres of 1909: Legacy and Perspectives," on Thursday, May 7, at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center, in Belmont, Belmont Citizen-Herald reports.

The Adana Massacres of April 1909 took the lives of more than 20,000 Armenians in the province of Adana and elsewhere in Armenian-inhabited areas of the Ottoman Empire. In addition to the appalling loss of life and property, the massacres were a bitter blow to the Armenians who had expressed such optimism at the Young Turk Revolution of 1908. Many see in these massacres an indication of what was to come in the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

The NAASR symposium will bring together four scholars who will present their research on various aspects of the terrible events of a century ago.

Aram Arkun, former co-director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center in New York City and editor of Ararat Quarterly will speak on "Armenian Self-Defense During the 1909 Massacres (Chorkmarzban)"; Dr. Bedross Der Matossian of the Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "Revisiting the Adana Massacres of 1909: Revolution, Power, and Violence"; Dr. Dikran Kaligian, author of the recently-published Armenian Organization and Ideology Under Ottoman Rule 1908-1914, will discuss "Impact of the Adana Massacre on ARF-CUP Relations"; and Dr. Lou Ann Matossian, program director of the Cafesjian Family Foundation, Minneapolis, and eastern U.S. community news editor of the Armenian Reporter, will speak about "Missionary Witness: The Christie Family Papers on the Cilician Massacres of 1909."
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