Lecture on Armenian Genocide
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Taner Akcam, scholar of the Armenian Genocide
One of the first Turkish intellectuals to publicly acknowledge
the Armenian Genocide will give a public lecture 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Miller Center Auditorium at St. Cloud State University.
Akcam, a visiting professor of history at the University of Minnesota, is the
author of “A Shameful Act: Armenian Genocide and Turkish Responsibility.” Akcam
is the target of death threats and the focus of a Web site that denies the
deaths of more than a million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War
Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk calls Akcam’s work “the definitive account of the
organized destruction of the Ottoman Armenians” by “a brave Turkish scholar.”
U.S. of House of Representatives is considering a resolution that formally
labels the events of 1915-17 genocide. The
Bush Administration does not want the resolution to come to a vote, fearing it
would harm relations with Turkey, a key ally in the war in Iraq and a member of
NATO. Turkey’s official policy is to deny the deaths were genocidal.
is the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial,
political, or cultural group. Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew and scholar of
international law, coined the term partly in response to the Armenian tragedy.
has authored several works on Turkish-Armenian relations, including 2004’s “From
Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide” and 2001’s “Dialogue
across an International Divide: Essays Towards a Turkish-Armenian Dialogue.”
has been the subject of a criminal investigation in Turkey for, among other
things, allegedly violating Article 301.1 of the penal code, which deals with
“denigrating Turkishness,” according to Eric Weitz and Stephen Feinstein of the
University of Minnesota. Weitz is a professor and chair of the History
Department. Feinstein directs the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
lecture also will cover contemporary politics in the Middle East. The event is
sponsored by St. Cloud State’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.
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