THE 1988 ARMENIAN EARTHQUAKE and THE TRANSFORMATION OF DIASPORAN/HOMELAND RELATIONS

Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Event Details

WHEN
Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
WHERE
First Armenian Church of Belmont at 380 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA, 02478, United States

CONTACT
NAASR: National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
617.489.1610 617.489.1610
Description

Introduced and Moderated by Stephen Kurkjian, Boston Globe investigative Reporter (retired) and Member of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Board of Directors

With participation of John A. Simourian, Michele Simourian, Dr. Hayk Demoyan (on video), Dr. Carolann Najarian, and Elaine Kasparian

The devastating earthquake that struck Soviet Armenia on December 7, 1988, caused massive devastation and death especially in the cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), and Kirovakan (now Vanadzor).  As many as 50,000 people were killed and well over 100,000 were injured.  The earthquake prompted a massive international humanitarian response which included historic contributions from the worldwide Armenian diaspora.

In a recent article published in the AMAA News and reprinted in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, multiple Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Kurkjian told the story of how Watertown native John Simourian led an effort to bring dialysis equipment to Armenia, relating also the work of Dr. Carolann Najarian, the Armenian Milk Fund, and other individuals and organizations who rapidly mobilized to save lives.  The rescue effort, Kurkjian makes clear, had a transformative effect on the relationship between the Armenian diaspora and the then Soviet republic, creating bonds and relationships that continue to flourish today.

Co-sponsored by the First Armenian Church of Belmont and the NAASR/Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues, this program takes place in the Nahigian Hall at the First Armenian Church of Belmont, Mass., 7:30 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2018 and is open to the public free of charge.

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Organizer

NAASR: National Association for Armenian Studies and Research

Phone: 617.489.1610 617.489.1610

hq@naasr.org
Venue

First Armenian Church of Belmont

380 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA, 02478, United States

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