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“The Smyrna Catastrophe, 1922-2013”

The Zoryan Institute   
An Illustrated Lecture in Tribute to Professor Marjorie Housepian Dobkin, Human Rights Advocate and Pioneering Author of Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a City by Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian.
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Time:2:00 p.m.
Location:Armenian Community Centre, 45 Hallcrown Place, Toronto

This year marks the 92nd anniversary of the Smyrna Catastrophe, when much of the city, the second largest in the Ottoman Empire, was destroyed by fire during the final phase of the Greco-Turkish War. The calamity marked the end of a strong Christian presence in the historic Aegean coastal regions and turned hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Armenians into refugees.
In this illustrated lecture, Prof. Hovannisian will discuss the important role of Smyrna (Izmir) in modern Armenian history and the inferno that engulfed the city in September 1922. Hovannisian is the editor of the recently published Armenian Smyrna/Izmir, the 11th volume of proceedings from the UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.”
Hovannisian is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence, the four-volume history, The Republic of Armenia, and has edited and contributed to more than 25 books including The Armenian Genocide in Perspective; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times; Remembrance and Denial; Looking Backward, Moving Forward, and The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies. He is professor emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern history at UCLA and is currently the chancellor fellow in the Department of History and the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Time:2:00 p.m.
Location:Armenian Community Centre, 45 Hallcrown Place, Toronto
Organized by the Zoryan Institute
With the participation of:
Armenian Association of Toronto, Armen Karo Student Association, Bolsahay Cultural Association of Toronto, Daughters of Vartan-Artemis Ortyag #28, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society-Klatsor Chapter, Knights of Vartan-Alishan Lodge, Ryerson University Armenian Students’ Association, St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Church, University of Toronto Armenian Students’ Association, University of Waterloo Armenian Students’ Association
For more information, contact Zoryan Institute, 416-250-9807
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