UCLA commemorates the Armenian Genocide with a week of talks and performances

Sunday April 24 marks the annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the systematic murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the forces of the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923. In tribute, the Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA and its partners are sponsoring a series of virtual and in-person talks and performances over the next few days to acknowledge and explore this historic tragedy and celebrate Armenian heritage.

In the same way scholars from Armenia, Turkey, Germany, and the United States, the events will feature UCLA faculty and fellows, including Robert Sukiasyan, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Promise Armenian Institute; emeritus researcher Serap Ruken Sengül and Professor Asli Bali the Promise Institute for Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law; and Melissa Bilal and Professor Movses Pogossian from the UCLA Armenian Music Program.

Created in 2019, the Armenian Promise Institute serves as a focal point for advanced scholarship on Armenian society, culture and history – including the genocidal, in particular through its Armenian Genocide Research Program — and for public programs and outreach aimed at strengthening Armenian communities in Los Angeles, the global diaspora, and Armenia itself. As part of these efforts, the institute supports a variety of ongoing projects in the social sciences, arts, health care, genetics, and engineering.

“As an educational institute dedicated to researching and teaching about Armenia and Armenians, commemorating the Armenian Genocide through academic events is a natural part of our mandate,” said Professor Ann Karagozian, first director of the institute. “The gthe genocide was a tragic and momentous event in modern Armenian history and became an important part of Armenian identity, especially in the diaspora, which was largely formed by communities of gsurvivors of the genocide. Oe are very pleased that this year’s commemorative events at UCLA, organized by our institute and our partner organizations, are bringing to the fore the personal stories and experiences of survivors as well as victims of the genocides.

All commemorative events are free and open to the public:

  • Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m. | Zoom

    Unearthing, discovering, unlearning: Armenian autochthony in Turkey

    Armenians born and raised in post-genocide Turkey – representatives of a wiped-out indigenous population – have for years been forcibly denied access to their own history and indigenous heritage. This webinar explores the process of re-examining and reclaiming this indigeneity in Armenian ancestral lands.
  • Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m. | Avenue S. Artsakh, Glendale 91205

    Armenian traditional music and dance concert

    At this concert, organized by the UCLA student-led Lernazang Ensemble, the ensemble will be joined by master musicians from Armenia for a performance of traditional songs and dances from western Armenia.