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Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri & Cappadocia

Richard G. Hovannisian

Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian will discuss and make a PowerPoint presentation on the Armenian communities of Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia. The presentation is in English, with a summary in Armenian. The program will also include brief sound video segments prepared by Ani Hovannisian Kevkorkian on the last Armenians of Dikranagerd/Diarbekir and on the Armenian-speaking Hamshen people on the Black Sea. Download the press release.

Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia focuses on the history of the Armenians in the city of Kesaria (Gesaria) and its many outlying villages, including Talas, Everek, Fenesse, Tomarza, Chomakhlu, Injesu, Efkere, and Germir. During the centuries of Ottoman rule, the Armenians of Kesaria were noted as goldsmiths and skilled craftsmen and producers of carpets, linens, textiles, leather goods, pottery, and cured beef. For centuries the Armenians of the Kesaria region managed to preserve their distinct identity with their tightly-knit communities, strong religious faith, schools and churches, like almost all other areas of Armenian existence in the Ottoman Empire. However, in 1915 during the Armenian Genocide they were uprooted and deported toward the Syrian deserts, with very few of the survivors ever returning.

Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian is the founder of the Society for Armenian Studies and a member of the board of directors of nine scholarly and civic organizations. He is the first Holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, where he also served as the Associate Director of the G.E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies for two decades. Prof. Hovannisian has served as a consultant to the California State Board of Education, authoring the chapter on the Armenian Genocide in the State's Social Studies Model Curriculum on Human Rights and Genocide. He is the recipient of medals and encyclicals from His Holiness Garegin I and Garegin II of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin and from His Holiness Karekin II and Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia. Prof. Hovannisian is a Guggenheim Fellow and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia since 1990. He has received many honors for his scholarship, civic activities, and achievements during more than fifty years of teaching, research, writing, and lecturing worldwide about Armenian history, culture, and current issues.

The program is sponsored by Nor Serount Cultural Association, Tekeyan Cultural Association, and Hamazkayin Regional Executive Committee of the Western United States. 

Admission is free. Vsitors to the Central Library receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.

Contact: Elizabeth Grigorian, Armenian Outreach Coordinator, Library, Arts & Culture Department,, 818-548-3288

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