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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 5, 2010

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Aram Arkun, an accomplished scholar and writer, will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey in April under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Armenian National Committee of New Jersey.

Because of its lofty location, as well as the independent nature of its residents, the predominantly Armenian town of Zeytun in Cilicia, was often called the “Eagles’
Nest.” This lecture will explore Armeno-Turkish relations there from the second half of the 19th century. It will examine the events leading up to the first deportations of what became the Armenian Genocide in 1915, why there was no major rebellion, the significance of these early deportations, and the fate of the people of Zeytun. The talk will be accompanied with illustrations.

Arkun is a historian specializing in modern Armenian history. For many years he was assistant director and then co-director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), he has also taught courses in a number of universities such as New York University and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He edited the quarterly magazine ARARAT from the end of 2003 until 2008, periodically worked as a translator, and has held leadership positions in a number of other organizations, including the Armenian Center at Columbia University, the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York, and several awards committees of the Armenian Students Association. He has degrees from Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His most recent article is titled “Zeytun and the Commencement of the Armenian Genocide.” It will be published by Oxford University Press in a volume edited by Ron Suny and Muge Gocek.  At present, Aram is writing and working as a consultant.

The lecture, “Zeytun and the Start of the Armenian Genocide” will be presented Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC 219) in the Robert A. Scott Student Center on the campus of 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 College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

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, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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