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Le Moyne Hosts Talk on Gender and the Armenian Genocide

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Arlene Avakian will speak at Le Moyne College about “Gender and the Armenian Genocide” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall.

Avakian’s grandmother, Elmas Tutuian, was a victim and survivor of the 1915-23 Turkish genocide of the Armenians. Avakian saw her storytelling as a narrative/performance through which her grandmother constructed herself as a survivor, healing herself through it from the trauma of genocide. Avakian analyzes the story from a psychological and textual perspective, addressing the interaction between the teller and the hearer.

Avakian is professor emeritus and former chair of the department of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of ”Lion Woman’s Legacy: An Armenian American Memoir,” editor of “Through the Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meanings of Food and Cooking” and co-editor of “African American Woman and the Vote 1937-1965.” She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies. For more information, call (315) 445-4292.

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posted on: 10/12/2011