Prof. Taner Akçam of Clark University
Prof. Taner Akçam

NAASR to Hold ‘Expanding Horizons’ Program at Jonathan Club in Los Angeles


BELMONT, Mass. — The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will host a special event, “Expanding Horizons—West Coast,” on Sunday, January 29, to welcome Dr. Taner Akçam to the Los Angeles area and to connect with members and supporters. This evening get together will be held in downtown Los Angeles at the historic Jonathan Club, 545 South Figueroa Street. There will be a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

In addition to celebrating the appointment of Akçam as the inaugural director of the Armenian Genocide Research Program at the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute, the occasion will mark the 60th anniversary of NAASR and UCLA’s partnership in Armenian Studies, the first fruit of which was the establishment of the Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies, the oldest endowed chair at UCLA. This relationship continues to flourish today through collaborative programs involving NAASR, the Narekatsi Chair, the Richard Hovannisian Chair in Modern Armenian History and the Promise Armenian Institute.

NAASR members and friends on the West Coast will also welcome the recently appointed NAASR Executive Director Silva Sedrakian, who will discuss the organization’s programs and vision. NAASR Director of Academic Affairs Marc Mamigonian will serve as emcee for the event.

The evening will also include a special memorial musical tribute to NAASR Board Member and Benefactor Edward Avedisian (1937-2022), performed by Boris Allakhverdyan (Principal Clarinet, LA Philharmonic) and Alin Allakhverdyan (piano).

Those interested in attending should contact NAASR as soon as possible as space is limited.  Tickets can be purchased online at Inquiries can also be made by email at


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