GLENDALE—A book signing event with Dr. Rubina Peroomian the author of The Armenian Genocide in Literature: Perceptions of Those who lived Through the Years of Calamity, on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 East Harvard Street. The lecture is in English. Admission is free and the seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.
Dr. Peroomian holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA. She has taught Armenian studies courses, lectured widely, participated in international symposia, and contributed chapters to scholarly volumes. Her earlier publications include Literary Responses to Catastrophe, A Comparison of the Armenian and the Jewish Experience (1993), Hayastane HoHeDa-Bolshevik Haraberutiunneri Volortum, 1917-1921 (1997), And Those who Continued Living in Turkey after 1915 (2008), and a series of high school textbooks on the Armenian Question (Hay Tahd), as well as an online guidebook for teaching the Armenian Genocide to Armenian students grades 1-9.
The Armenian Genocide in Literature: Perceptions of Those who lived Through the Years of Calamity, published in 2012 by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, addresses the responses of the first generation survivor-writers reflecting the depth of the initial psychological shock and the soul-consuming struggle in dispersion; the responses of the orphan generation in their complexity and diversity and departure from the literary traditions of the past; and memoirs, personal stories of aging survivors. The book reveals the inner psyche of the survivors of a colossal collective catastrophe symptomized by withdrawal, isolation, anger, protest, wistful yearnings, and the collapse of moral and social order. The denial of the crime and distortion of history by the perpetrators add to the dilemma and hinders the process of healing to begin.
Gia Aivazian, Friends of UCLA Language and Culture Studies board member and a longtime friend of Dr. Peroomian, will speak about her friend and her scholarship and Professor Peter Cowe, holder of the UCLA Narekatsi Chair for Armenian Studies, will present the new book and invite Dr. Peroomian for her remarks.
The program is sponsored by The UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies in cooperation with Friends of UCLA Armenian Language and Culture Studies & Abril Bookstore.