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Professor Akçam will speak on his just-published book, The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press), which is based on research in over 600 Ottoman documents.
Taner Akçam holds the Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University's Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Akçam is the leading scholar in the world today on the history of the Armenian Genocide. He has published more than a dozen books, many of which have appeared in multiple languages, including Turkish, Greek, and German, as well as in English. Before taking his current position at Clark, Professor Akçam taught at the University of Minnesota and was associated with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He also taught at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
The Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture results from a generous gift by Arsham Ohanessian to the College of Liberal Arts. Arsham was a successful businessman, avid musician, and dedicated community leader. He was devoted to promoting peaceful reconciliation among peoples. His gift to the University of Minnesota supports a wide range of educational, research, and public programs concerning human rights, ethnic and national conflicts, and Armenian history and culture.
Sponsored by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, The Human Rights University and the Human Rights Program in the Institute for Global Studies.