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Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author Peter Balakian Speaks on Armenian Genocide and U.S. Response

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 5, 2004

(Mahwah) – A lecture by award-winning author and Tenafly native Peter Balakian will be presented Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He will speak about his new book, The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (HarperCollins, 2004), which was a New York Times Notable Book selection and on the newspaper’s bestseller list. The event, sponsored by The Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the History Club, is being held in the York Room of the Mansion on the College campus. Admission is free and all are welcome.

In addition to The Burning Tigris, Balakian is the author of seven books. Black Dog of Fate won the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for the Art of the Memoir and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize, and was a best book of the year for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Publisher’s Weekly. He also authored a book on American poet Theodore Roethke and was the co-translator of the Armenian poet Siamanto’s Bloody News From My Friend. From 1976-1996 he edited, with Bruce Smith, the poetry journal Graham House Review. He is the recipient of many awards, prizes and civic citations including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Ahanhit Literary Prize. He has been featured on national television and radio programs, and foreign editions of his work have been published in Europe and the Middle East.

A human rights activist, Balakian has been deeply involved in the national and international movement for Armenian Genocide recognition. He grew up in Teaneck and Tenafly, New Jersey, and holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. He is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities and a professor of English at Colgate University. He was the first director of Colgate’s Center for Ethics and World Societies. The author lives in Hamilton, New York with his wife Helen and their two children, Sophia and James.

An integral part of Ramapo College, the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies encourages and assists persons of all ages in learning the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides in the hope that through education such tragedies can be prevented from occurring again. For more information, call 201.684.7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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