LOS ANGELES — The Armenian Assembly joined Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian as they honored Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Aline Maksoudian of the Assembly’s Western Region office was invited to deliver remarks on the occasion.
Speaking on behalf of the Assembly, Maksoudian noted that: “Dr. Hovannisian was a founding member and director of the Armenian Assembly. His daughter, Ani, and his son, Raffi, also served as directors of the Assembly. In addition, when the Assembly formed the Armenian National Institute, Dr. Hovannisian served as chairman of its Academic Council.”
Hovannisian is the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History and a professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hovannisian is the dean of Armenian studies in the United States and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading specialists in the field of Armenian history.
Maksoudian also hailed Hovannisian’s many accomplishments, including more than 20 volumes covering the history of the Armenian Republic, the Armenian Genocide and the historic Armenian communities around the world.
In concluding her remarks, Maksoudian stated that “the Armenian Genocide is no longer the forgotten genocide of the 20th century and that is in no small part due to Prof. Richard Hovannisian.”
Armenian Assembly Board of Trustees Vice Chair and Counselor Aram Kaloosdian stated: “This honor is well deserved and on behalf of the entire Armenian Assembly family I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Hovannisian, a truly remarkable individual who has enriched us all with his pioneering work.”