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MSU Libraries to Host Conference with Author Dr Khatchig Mouradian


By Cindy Hunter Morgan

More than 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, an event at MSU Libraries will offer the campus community the opportunity to learn about a little-known aspect of this history: the underground network of humanitarian workers, missionaries and diplomats who have helped save thousands of lives in Syria. . The October 4, 7pm event will feature Dr Khatchig Mouradian, whose new book from MSU Press presents a social history of genocide and wartime resistance in Aleppo; challenges representations of Armenians as passive victims; and argues that despite violent and systematic mechanisms of control and destruction, unarmed resistance to genocide saved many lives. The event is free and open to everyone, and people can choose to attend in person in the Green Room (W444) of the Main Library or virtually on Zoom.

MSU Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said Dr Mouradian’s visit to the library will advance and strengthen important conversations about global history, culture, research and humanity. “We are deeply engaged and engaged in the transformative research work of MSU libraries,” said Salem. “Mouradian’s research, and the book that came out of that research, can help us understand the Armenian Genocide in a new way. We celebrate his work and encourage our academic community and that of our community at large to join us for this event, which is one of the many ways we are working to expand under-represented perspectives not only in our collections. but also in our programs and discussions.

Dr. Mouradian’s book, The Resistance Network, was published by Michigan State University Press earlier this year. It brings together hundreds of stories, official documents and missionary records, and incorporates new sources and perspectives. Deborah Margolis, MSU’s Middle East Studies Librarian, who helped organize the program, said the book and event had considerable interdisciplinary appeal. “Readers will find an exploration of the roles of women and children, and they will discover that Mouradian’s work is informed by studies of the Holocaust,” said Margolis. “These elements set this book apart from other accounts in this story, but one of the most significant characteristics of Mouradian’s work is the geographic component. Mouradian has worked with Armenian and Ottoman sources, and those sources give us voices that we have never heard before – voices that we need to hear.

Margolis also shared her enthusiasm for the book’s potential to impact Michigan high school students. “I am very happy that humanities professors have been specifically invited to this event. Education about the Armenian Genocide is mandated by Michigan law, and there is a good chance that some teachers will adapt content from Mouradian’s book in their lessons. This would be another example of how transformative research continues to transform students, and it would be another example of the role MSU Libraries have in making it happen! “

Khatchig Mouradian, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University, and Armenian and Georgian Zone Specialist at the Library of Congress (Africa and Middle East Division). His visit to Michigan State University is part of MSU Press’ 75e birthday. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Muslim Studies Program, the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Center for Asian Studies , studies on peace and justice.

The book signing will be available at the end of the program.

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