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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 17, 2017

Aram Manoukian

MAHWAH, N.J. – Dr. Khatchig Mouradian will give a talk on “Becoming Aram: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Statesman,” at Ramapo College.  The program will be held on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Armenian National Committee of New Jersey. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Mouradian, the Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor at Columbia University, will examine the tumultuous journey of the revolutionary-turned-statesman Aram Manoukian, whose struggle against the oppressors of his own people spanned two declining empires, and who also is remembered as the founder the First Republic of Armenia (1918-1920). Through a wealth of documents from the archives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, the Ottoman Empire and the First Armenian Republic, as well as published and unpublished memoirs and accounts, Dr. Mouradian traces the 40-year life and century-long legacy of Aram Manoukian (born Sarkis Hovhannisian), who led the 1915 Defense of Van–becoming known as Aram of Van–and laid the foundations of an independent state for his people, who often remember him today as, simply, Aram.

In addition to his post at Columbia University, Dr. Mouradian is the coordinator of the Place and Memory Project at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, and adjunct professor in the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


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, 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, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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