Istanbul professor to present ‘Why Does Turkey Deny the Armenian Genocide?’

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Istanbul professor to present ‘Why Does Turkey Deny the Armenian Genocide?’

The question “Why Does Turkey Deny the Armenian Genocide?” will be addressed by Ümit Kurt, author and history professor at Sabanci University in Istanbul, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Fresno State.

The free, public lecture at the Alice Peters Auditorium (Peters Business Building, Room 191) is the third in the Armenian Studies Program Spring 2016 Lecture Series. The lecture series is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Kurt, who is completing his doctoral dissertation in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Clark University, was a Kazan Research Scholar at Fresno State during the fall 2015 semester.

He will analyze Turkish denial of Armenian genocide, said Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State.

Kurt has written extensively on confiscation of Armenian properties, Armenian genocide, early modern Turkish nationalism and Armenians of Aintab.

He is the author of the Great, Hopeless Turkish Race: Fundamentals of Turkish Nationalism in the Turkish Homeland 1911-1916” and editor of the “Revolt and Destruction: Construction of the State from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic and Collective Violence.”

Kurt also co-authored with Taner Akçam “The spirit of the Laws: the Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide.”

Free parking for the lecture is available with a parking code in lots P5 and P6 near the Peters Business building.

For more information about the lecture and the parking code, contact the Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669 or visit Armenian Studies.