Author/Attorney Michael Bobelian To Speak at Saint James Men’s Club


WATERTOWN, Mass. — On Monday, March 5, Michael Bobelian, lawyer/ journalist from New York will be the speaker at the dinner meeting of the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club. The topic will be, “America and the Armenian Genocide, from Wilson to Obama.

Bobelian’s work has covered issues ranging from corporate wrongdoing to foreign affairs. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he worked at a large law firm in New York before enrolling at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He currently writes for and his articles have appeared in American Lawyer Magazine, Legal Affairs Magazine and the Washington Monthly. He has also appeared on C-Span’s “BookTV” and NPR. He teaches at the City University of New York and has delivered lectures about the Genocide at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, Tufts and Columbia University.

He is the author of Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Struggle for Justice, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009.

Children of Armenia breaks new ground by telling the story of the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. It recounts a struggle for justice that takes readers from massive demonstrations, to the halls of Congress, to courtroom battles.

During years of research, Bobelian interviewed more than 65 people — from former presidential candidate Bob Dole to leading Armenian advocates — and investigated tens of thousands of documents at the National Archives and presidential libraries to provide an insider’s account of this odyssey.

Children of Armenia has been praised in several national publications, including the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs Magazine, the Washington Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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John Evans, former US ambassador to Armenia, wrote, “I heartily recommend this book.” Former California Gov. George Deukmejian described the book as a “powerful and gripping account.” Dr. Michael Berenbaum, the former projector director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, called the book “a powerful and provocative work.” And in his review of Children of Armenia, UCLA Professor Richard Hovannisian simply said: “The book is captivating.”

Bobelian lives in New York with his wife and two children.

The social hour starts with appetizers at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner meeting will be at the St. James Armenian Church Charles Mosesian Cultural & Youth Center – Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St. Ladies are welcome.


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