Philadelphia Community Hosts Symposium, Exhibit Dedicated to Armenian Genocide
PHILADELPHIA — “We Not Only Survived, We Thrive,” a symposium and exhibit commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide and celebrating the valor of ancestors, will take place April 10-12, at St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church in Wynnewood, Penn.
The weekend-long event, sponsored by the five Philadelphia area Armenian Churches — Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church (Havertown); Holy Trinity Armenian Church (Cheltenham); St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church (Philadelphia); St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church (Wynnewood): and St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church (Wynnewood) — will kick off with a reception on Friday, April 10, with music provided by Armenian Public Radio, a trio of Los Angeles musicians who will be making their debut appearance on the East Coast.
The symposium will be held on Saturday, April 11, and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus of Armenian and Near East History at UCLA and the world’s foremost scholar on modern Armenian history. Participating will be Teresa Alajajian-Hayrapetian, long-term co-editor of the AGBU’s Aragast literary magazine; Dr. Russell Kashian, professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Ani Boghikian-Kasparian, University of Michigan at Dearborn; Dr. Alfred Mueller II, dean of Arts & Sciences at Neumann University and Dr. Siobhan Nash-Marshall, professor of philosophy at Manhattanville College in New York.
Additionally, five graduate students from Manhattanville College will comprise a panel discussing Personhood and Genocide.
According to symposium co-chairs, Alfred Mueller II and Lusine Hampartzumyan-Mueller, “Given that the Armenian Genocide was launched with the killings of Armenian intellectuals, we think it is only fitting that we commemorate its 100th year with a scholarly gathering.”