On Fri., Jan. 24, Prof. Richard G. Hovannisian will present an illustrated lecture titled, “The Smyrna Catastrophe, 1922,” at the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators in Framingham. The program will be co-sponsored by the Church of the Holy Translators and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), the Armenian Weekly reports.
September 2012 marked the 90th anniversary of the Smyrna Catastrophe when much of the city, the second largest in the Ottoman Empire, was destroyed by fire during the final phase of the Greco-Turkish War. The calamity marked the end of a strong Christian presence in the historic Aegean coastal regions, and turned hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Armenians into refugees.
In this illustrated lecture, Hovannisian will discuss the important role of Smyrna (Izmir) in modern Armenian history and the inferno that engulfed the city in 1922. Hovannisian is the editor ofArmenian Smyrna/Izmir, the 11th volume of proceedings from the UCLA conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.” He also traveled to Izmir and environs in June 2012 as the historian-guide for a NAASR Armenian Heritage Tour led by Armen Aroyan.
Hovannisian was the first holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA and is presently Distinguished Chancellor’s Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of Armenia on the Road to Independence, the four-volume history The Republic of Armenia, and has edited and contributed to more than 25 books, including The Armenian Genocide in Perspective; The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times;Remembrance and Denial; Looking Backward, Moving Forward; and The Armenian Genocide: Cultural and Ethical Legacies.