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Cetin to Speak about Challenges Facing Islamized Armenians in NJ

MAHWAH, N.J.—The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College and the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of New Jersey will co-sponsor a talk by Turkish-Armenian lawyer and author Fethiye Cetin on “‘Hidden’ No More: Challenges Facing Islamized Armenians in Turkey.” The event will take place on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Ramapo College, at the Robert A. Scott Student Center, Alumni Lounges-SC156-158.

Cetin is a Turkish-Armenian lawyer, writer, and human rights activist. She has authored stories about the impact of her ancestral roots, including My Grandmother, a memoir highly regarded within higher education in Turkey. Cetin’s grandmother, Seher, was an Armenian Christian taken during the genocide and adopted by a Turkish military official. The impact of her grandmother’s roots has inspired Cetin’s work and will be discussed at the presentation.
Her words will be translated by Nurhan Becidyan, a member of the board of the National Association for Armenian Studies & Research (NAASR).
The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) will be honoring Cetin with its highest honor, the prestigious ANCA Freedom Award, at the 9th Annual ANCA Eastern Region Banquet on Sat., Nov. 14, in Detroit, Mich.
The ANCA-ER Freedom Award is presented to individuals who have made tremendous contributions toward recognition of the genocide and who have pursued other issues of importance to the Armenian-American community. Earlier recipients have included renowned lawyer Robert Morgenthau and the Morgenthau family, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John M. Evans, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Samantha Power, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former U.S. Senator Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, and Baroness Caroline Cox.

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