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DOWNTOWN CENTRAL LIBRARY - Armen T. Marsoobian - The Presence of an Absence: The Role of Photography in the Lives of Ottoman Armenians

ArmenMarsoobianAn exclusive presentation on The Presence of an Absence: The Role of Photography in the Lives of Ottoman Armenians by Armen T. Marsoobian. Admission is free. 

Armen T. Marsoobian’s presentation will be illustrated with photographs from a number of important Armenian photographers including those from the Dildilian family. Marsoobian’s recent book, Reimagining a Lost Armenian Home: The Dildilian Photography Collection, is based on extensive research about his family, the Dildilians, who were accomplished photographers in the late Ottoman period. In his presentation, Marsoobian will examine the social and cultural function of photography for Ottoman Armenians. 

Armen T. Marsoobian has lectured and published extensively on topics in genocide studies, American Philosophy, aesthetics, and moral philosophy. His recent co-edited volume, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Memory, was released this month. He has organized exhibitions in Istanbul, Merzifon, Diyarbakir, Ankara, Yerevan, London, New Haven, Watertown, Chicago, and Glendale. His exhibition Continuity and Rupture: An Armenian Family Odyssey, based upon his family archives, is on view at the Brand Library and Art Center from March 24 through April 27. A companion exhibition, Prosperity, Loss, and Survival: A Photographic Journey from the Dildilian Family Archive, is also on view in the Glendale Downtown Central Library from March 17 to May 6. Marsoobian is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Metaphilosophy. He resides in Connecticut.

For more information contact Elizabeth Grigorian, Armenian Outreach Coordinator, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department at 818-548-3288 or email.


Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the service desk. The program is organized by, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture department.

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