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Dole Institute Award Recipients Examine Legacy of Armenian Genocide

LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics has announced the recipients of two grants related to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917. The institute has awarded an archival fellowship to author Michael Bobelian and a travel grant to Professor Julien Zarifian.

Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer, journalist and the institute’s Archival Fellow for Armenian Advocacy. His book Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Fight for Justice (Simon & Schuster, 2009) is the seminal work on the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide.

As the Archival Fellow, Bobelian will work with Dole Archives staff to create a web-based learning module with primary sources documenting the US response to the World War I-era Armenian Genocide and former US Sen. Bob Dole’s advocacy on behalf of Armenians and Armenian Americans.

Bobelian will give a public lecture titled “The United States and the Armenian Genocide” at 3 pm February 15. The talk will be held in the Simons Media Room at the institute.

The recipient of a Dole Archives travel grant is Zarifian, associate professor in American history at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France. This academic year, he is a Fulbright Scholar with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. His research interests include US foreign policies in Eurasia, the role of ethnic groups in US politics and the importance of memory issues in US political life.

His current and primary research project is titled “The US and the Question of the Armenian Genocide, from 1915 to the Present.”


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