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    Clark University News Hub, MA
    Feb 4 2016

    Clark University grants first-ever doctoral degree in Armenian Genocide Studies

    February 4, 2016

    Clark University is privileged to stand at the forefront in
    establishing the Armenian Genocide as a distinct focus of doctoral
    study, setting a landmark on Jan. 5, when Khatchig Mouradian became
    the first student to complete a Ph.D. in Armenian Genocide Studies at
    the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    Mouradian defended his dissertation, Genocide and Humanitarian
    Assistance in Ottoman Syria (1915-1917), before Professors Taner AkĎźam
    and Debˇrah Dwork, who served as co-directors of his dissertation
    committee. Raymond KÚvorkian, Director of the Nubarian Library in
    Paris, served as the third committee member.

    `This graduation marks a historic turning point in Armenian Genocide
    research,' Akšam said during a celebration to honor Mouradian, held
    Jan. 29 in the Strassler Center's Rose Library.

    `He is not only the first Doctor of our Armenian Genocide track but
    also the first doctorate in North America after so many years of
    silence in the field.'

    The event also celebrated Asya Darbinyan, a third-year doctoral
    student who defended the prospectus of her dissertation, Russian
    Response to the Armenian Genocide: Humanitarian Assistance for
    Armenian Refugees on the Caucasus Frontline of WW1 (1914-1917).

    Dwork, director of the Strassler Center, commented on both milestones:
    `The award of the first Ph.D. in Armenian Genocide Studies is a huge
    step forward in the field. Happily, the first recipient is followed by
    a robust pipeline of students pursuing groundbreaking dissertation
    projects. The Armenian Genocide continues to be beset by deniers.
    These young scholars' research shows how risible such arguments are.
    Scholarship trumps propaganda.'

    Mouradian is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Division
    of Global Affairs at Rutgers University and is the coordinator the
    Armenian Genocide Program at Rutgers' Center for the Study of Genocide
    and Human Rights (CGHR). He teaches courses on imperialism, mass
    violence, and concentration camps in the history and sociology
    departments at Rutgers. Mouradian is also an adjunct professor in the
    philosophy and urban studies departments at Worcester State
    University, where he teaches courses on urban space and conflict in
    the Middle East, genocide, collective memory, and human rights.

    Mouradian was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2007-2014. The
    recipient of numerous awards, Mouradian held the Gulbenkian Armenian
    Studies research fellowship in 2014 to study the Armenian community in
    China in the 20th century. The Organization of Istanbul Armenians
    awarded him the first Hrant Dink Freedom and Justice Medal in 2014.

    Carolyn Mugar and her late husband John O'Connor '78, who was a Clark
    University trustee, donated the first-ever endowed Chair in Modern
    Armenian History and Armenian Genocide Studies at any university. They
    challenged others to join them in supporting this innovative
    professorship named in honor of Carolyn's parents Stephen and Marian
    Mugar, as well as Robert Aram '52 and Marianne Kaloosdian. Clark
    alumnus Robert Kaloosdian, a lawyer in Watertown, MA, and former
    president of the Washington, D.C.-based Armenian National Institute,
    is a leader in Armenian affairs. In 2002, the Kaloosdian Mugar Chair
    was established in the History Department and as a constituent member
    of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

    `The award of the first Ph.D. in Armenian Genocide Studies is a huge
    step forward in the field. Happily, the first recipient is followed by
    a robust pipeline of students pursuing groundbreaking dissertation
    projects. The Armenian Genocide continues to be beset by deniers.
    These young scholars' research shows how risible such arguments are.
    Scholarship trumps propaganda.' ~ Debˇrah Dwork

    Taner Akšam joined Clark University as Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor in
    fall 2008. A leading genocide scholar and an authority in the history
    of political violence and torture in late Ottoman and early Republican
    Turkey, Akšam is the first scholar of Turkish origin to acknowledge
    the Armenian Genocide and to publish groundbreaking research on this

    Clark University is committed to scholarship and inquiry that
    addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis, and has
    played a prominent role in the development of several academic
    disciplines, including psychology, geography and interdisciplinary
    environmental studies. The pioneering Strassler Center program in
    Armenian Genocide Studies embodies the University's history of
    academic innovation.

    Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a
    liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human
    imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that
    changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher
    education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is
    Clark's pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal
    arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.
    Clark's faculty and students work across boundaries to develop
    solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology,
    geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide
    studies, environmental studies, and international development and
    social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the
    University's motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

    Hayastan or Bust.

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    Now thats a good Turk.......he must have Armenian blood somewhere down the line I bet you.

    Go Akšam......good work.
    B0zkurt Hunter