PRESS OFFICE Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (E.) 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Contact: Chris Zakian Tel: (212) 686-0710; Fax: (212) 779-3558 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.armenianchurch.org January 25, 2005 ____________________ DR. VAHAKN DADRIAN, WORLD'S LEADING SCHOLAR OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE, TO RECEIVE "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" IN GALA BANQUET AT DIOCESAN CENTER ON APR. 2 The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is proud to announce that it will bestow a special Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr. Vahakn N. Dadrian, the eminent scholar of the Armenian Genocide, during a gala banquet on Saturday, April 2, 2005. His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, the Diocesan Primate, will preside over the event and present the award to Dr. Dadrian, who is considered to be the world's leading authority on the Genocide. Through decades of study, and in a number of major publications, Dr. Dadrian has not only documented the atrocities of the Genocide itself, but has also shed critical light on the mechanics of organized extermination employed by the Turkish government of the period, and has detailed the sociological and legal consequences of state-sponsored genocide. A blue-ribbon program of speakers will be on hand to honor Dr. Dadrian on this occasion. Dr. Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation, will be one of two main speakers. Professor Stephen Feinstein, the distinguished Holocaust specialist at the University of Minnesota, will also deliver an address. Professor Peter Balakian, author of the Genocide memoir, "Black Dog of Fate," and the best-selling historical account, "Burning Tigris," will be master of ceremonies. In addition, the banquet guests will view a multi-media presentation on Dr. Dadrian's life and work, by the Zoryan Institute. The Lifetime Achievement Award banquet honoring Dr. Vahakn Dadrian will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2005, in the Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (630 Second Avenue, New York City). A reception starting at 6:30 p.m. will precede the dinner and program at 7:30 p.m. The donation for this event is $125 per person, and tables of ten can be reserved for $1,250. Proceeds will be used to establish a special fund in Dr. Dadrian's honor. More information on the award banquet will be forthcoming; but reservations can be made by calling the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), at (212) 686-0710.