WATERTOWN — The Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies at Harvard University, the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA), the Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF) and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will present “The Armenians and the Book,” a one-day symposium, on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The symposium will be held in ALMA’s Contemporary Art Gallery, 65 Main St.
The symposium will feature presentations by Prof. Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA); Marc A. Mamigonian (NAASR); Prof. Christina Maranci (Tufts University); Dr. Barbara Merguerian (Armenian International Women’s Association); Prof. Simon Payaslian (Boston University) and Prof. James R. Russell (Harvard University). The conference is free and open to the general public.
The symposium is being held in conjunc- tion with the ongoing exhibition, “The Armenians and the Book,” organized and sponsored by Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies and the above-listed orga- nizations as well as the Armenian programs of Tufts University and Boston University. The exhibition was first displayed at Harvard University’s Lamont Library during the first three weeks of April and was re-mounted on ALMA’s third floor gallery in May.
“The Armenians and the Book” contains items drawn from the collections of the par- ticipating organizations as well as local pri- vate collections.
In addition to the Harvard Book Exhibit, attendees will be able view ALMA’s own exhibit, “Bound for Glory: 500 Years of Armenian Printing from ALMA’s Collection,” now on exhibit in the second-floor gallery.