BELMONT, MA — The First Armenian Church of Belmont, MA, and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will sponsor “An Illustrated Journey to Kars and Ani” by Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian, on Friday, January 20, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at the Nahigian Fellowship Hall at First Armenian Church, 380 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA.
A book signing of Hovannisian’s newest edited volume Armenian Kars and Ani will immediately follow the lecture. There will then be a reception and refreshments at the NAASR Center, across the street from First Armenian Church, at 395 Concord Ave. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
Richard Hovannisian traveled through Historic Armenia in spring 2011 as the historian-guide for a NAASR Armenian Heritage Tour led by Armen Aroyan, providing him with the opportunity to visit and reflect on these cities and regions that he has so often written about as a scholar.
Armenian Kars and Ani is the tenth volume of proceedings from the UCLA conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.” This present volume represents a departure from its predecessors that have focused on historic Western Armenian areas, whereas Kars and Ani were very much a part of Eastern or Russian Armenia.
Hovannisian is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence, the four-volume history The Republic of Armenia, and has edited and contributed to more than twenty-five books including The Armenian Genocide in Perspective; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times; Remembrance and Denial; Looking Backward, Moving Forward; and The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies.
For more information about this event contact NAASR at 617-489-1610 or hq@naasr.org or First Armenian Church at 617-484-4779 or office@facbelmont.org.

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