GLENDALE, CA Arda Arsenian Ekmekji, the translator of Towards Golgotha will speak about her grandfather’s memoir on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7pm 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. Arda Arsenian Ekmekji holds a Master of Art’s in Ancient History and Archaeology from the American University of Beirut and a Doctorate in Archeology from the University of Paris.
She is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Haigazian University in Beirut. Her current research project is Mother Armenia: The Role of Pioneer Women in the Genocide Surviving Process. In 2004 she was honored with the Medal of Lebanese First Lady for distinguished female academicians of Lebanon. In 2009 she received another Medal from the Ministry of Interior for a
pioneer role in the supervision of elections in Lebanon.
Towards Golgotha narrates the Memoirs of pharmacist Hagop Arsenian, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Written originally in Armenian, it contains two parts. The first part narrates the early life of Arsenian in the suburbs of Constantinople and the eventual deportation of his family to Aleppo, Syria. The second part describes the Arsenian’s family life in Palestine from 1919 until 1940 especially in Jerusalem and Gaza, where Hagop Arsenian practiced as a pharmacist.
Ardashes Kassakhian, Glendale City Clerk and the great grandson of Hagop Arsenian, will introduce his cousin Arda Arsenian Ekmekji with opening remarks.
The program is sponsored by the Abril books and the Glendale Library Arts & Culture.