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The Centenary of the Armenian Genocide at Stanford University

An Armenian woman kneeling beside a dead child in field within sight of help and safety at Aleppo, an Ottoman city.

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The Armenian Genocide is recognized as one of the great human catastrophes of the modern era.

Beginning in April 1915, the “Young Turk” government of the Ottoman Empire, threatened on all sides by its enemies in the First World War, began the deportation and mass killing of more than a million of its Armenian population, men, women, children, and old people. Many died of starvation, disease, violence, and exposure, after having been driven out of their homes into the desert beyond the Euphrates River. Since the time of the genocide itself, issues of Turkish denial have complicated a straightforward discussion and memorialization of the genocide.

Stanford Global Studies (SGS), in association with the Armenian Students Association, the Department of History, and the Provost’s Office, is hosting a series of events from February to May to commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915.  Events are free and open to the public and to the Stanford community as a whole.

Friday, February 20, 2pm

Encina Hall, 2nd floor, CISAC Conference Room (616 Serra Street)
Talk by Tom de Waal about his book The Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks under the Shadow of Genocide

Tuesday, April 14, 7pm

History Corner, Building 200, Room 203 (450 Serra Mall) Click here for map
Film screening of Ararat directed by Atom Egoyan.   Introduced by Sabrina Papazian, PhD Candidate, Anthropology

Thursday, April 16, 5:15pm

Language Corner, Building 260, Pigott Hall Click here for map
They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide

Lecture by Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago and Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan

In his latest book, and this lecture, Professor Suny explores the question “why genocide” and explains the elements that led the Young Turks to carry out the systematic deportation and massacre of hundreds of thousands of their Armenian and Assyrian subjects.  Why did the Turkish government opt for the most drastic solution to their perceived threat from these religious minorities? Why did ordinary Turks and Kurds participate in the extermination of their neighbors?  Suny treats the Armenians, not simply as victims, but as actors in their own historic drama, as politicians and intellectuals, revolutionaries and clerics, who developed their own ambitions to have a degree of self-government and protection within the Ottoman Empire. 

A recording of this lecture can be found here:

Monday, April 20, 4pm

Stanford Humanities Center (424 Santa Teresa Street) Click here for map
"The Meaning of the Armenian Genocide for the Diaspora" - a panel discussion

  • Sona Sulukian, BA '16, Classics and Chemistry
  • Sabrina Papazian, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology
  • Herant Khatchadourian, Professor of Biology Emeritus
  • Stephanie Kalfayan, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Seepan Parseghian, BA '07, Political Science.  Associate Attorney, Snell & Wilmer
  • Norman Naimark, Robert & Florence McDonnell Professor of E. European Studies and Fisher Family Director of Stanford Global Studies (moderator)

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center

CANCELLED Thursday, May 7, Noon - 1pm CANCELLED

This event is cancelled. Gradual Radicalization: The Decision Making Process for Armenian Genocide

Lecture by Taner Akcam, Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, History Department, Clark University

Co-sponsored by the History Department

Parking on campus is free after 4pm.