Dole Institute of Politics

Dole Institute Award Recipients Examine Legacy of Armenian Genocide


LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics has announced the recipients of two grants related to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917. The institute has awarded an archival fellowship to author Michael Bobelian and a travel grant to Professor Julien Zarifian.

Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer, journalist and the institute’s Archival Fellow for Armenian Advocacy. His book Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster, 2009) is the seminal work on the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide.

Michael Bobelian speaks at Tufts University in 2011.

As the Archival Fellow, Bobelian will work with Dole Archives staff to create a web-based learning module with primary sources documenting the US response to the World War I-era Armenian Genocide and former US Sen. Bob Dole’s advocacy on behalf of Armenians and Armenian Americans.

Bobelian will give a public lecture titled “The United States and the Armenian Genocide” at 3 pm February 15. The talk will be held in the Simons Media Room at the institute.

The recipient of a Dole Archives travel grant is Zarifian, associate professor in American history at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France. This academic year, he is a Fulbright Scholar with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. His research interests include US foreign policies in Eurasia, the role of ethnic groups in US politics and the importance of memory issues in US political life.

Julien Zarifian

His current and primary research project is titled “The US and the Question of the Armenian Genocide, from 1915 to the Present.”

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The University of Kansas (KU) World War I Centennial Committee and the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies at KU are cosponsors of the program and the fellowships.

Gravely wounded in the mountains of Italy during World War II, Bob Dole credits his physical and mental recovery largely to Dr. Hampar Kelikian. Dr. Kelikian was an Armenian surgeon who lost family members to the Armenian Genocide before fleeing to the US. As a soldier, citizen and US senator, Dole has been a champion for Armenia, a role that includes seeking US recognition of the 1915-1916 Armenian Genocide. During the Centennial Commemoration of World War I, both the history of the Armenian Genocide and Dole’s advocacy for its recognition can inform our responses to contemporary crises.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civic discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located in KU’s West District and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of US Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.

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