Prof. Henry Theriault

Armenian Cultural Association of Maine Hosts Lecture on Artsakh Crisis by Theriault

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PORTLAND, Maine — The Armenian Cultural Association of Maine will host a virtual lecture with Professor Henry C. Theriault titled “The Legacy of Hate: 1915 to 2020, Asia Minor to Artsakh,” on December 12 at 9:30 a.m. (EST). The lecture is open to the public and will offer an insightful and informed presentation into the roots of the crisis in Artsakh.

Theriault is the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and currently the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Worcester State University, following his tenure in the Philosophy Department. Between 1999 and 2007, he coordinated the University’s Center for the Study of Human Rights.

Theriault’s research focuses on genocide denial, genocide prevention, post-genocide victim-perpetrator relations, reparations, and mass violence against women and girls. He has lectured and presented panel papers around the world. Since 2007, he has chaired the Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group and is the lead author of its March 2015 final report Resolution with Justice. He has published numerous journal articles and chapters, including co-authoring with Samuel Totten, The United Nations Genocide Convention: An Introduction (University of Toronto Press, 2019).

Theriault was elected president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in 2017, and re-elected in 2019. He is also the founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed Genocide Studies International. From 2007 to 2012 he served as co-editor of the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ peer-reviewed Genocide Studies and Prevention, and has guest-edited for the International Criminal Law Review and the Armenian Review.

The Armenian Cultural Association of Maine (ACAM) was founded in 2003 by a group of Mainers who wished to preserve the history and culture of a unique branch of the Armenian diaspora. Maine’s Armenian community is one of the oldest in America. The first immigrants arrived here in the late 19th century to escape growing persecution in Turkey. Hundreds more would arrive by the time of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Successive waves of new immigrants and their descendants now make Maine their home.

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