March 30 Armenian Genocide Education event



By the fall of 1915, when the Ottoman Turkish extermination campaign was making headlines across Minnesota, the Armenian Genocide had been underway for six months.  Closest to the story were two groups of Minnesotans: ethnic Armenians and Protestant missionaries. Using historical newspapers and other archival materials, an independent scholar shows how each group helped to shape Minnesota's response to the Armenian Genocide.

Presented by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Lou Ann Matossian, Ph.D.

A trusted advisor for Armenian-American philanthropy, Lou Ann Matossian has long been active in foundation grantmaking, research and writing, media and communications, issues advocacy, and Armenian community affairs. She served most recently as chief development officer of the Armenian Church of America, Eastern Diocese (New York). Earlier, she created and managed the grantmaking program of the Cafesjian Family Foundation (Minneapolis).

As eastern U.S. editor of the Armenian Reporter, Dr. Matossian was recognized at the National Ethnic Media Awards for international affairs reporting. She also shared a regional Emmy Award for a Twin Cities Public Television documentary about Minnesotans and the Armenian Genocide.

Dr. Matossian's volunteer experience includes leadership roles in the Armenian Assembly of America, the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and St. Sahag Armenian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. An authority on the life and times of Minnesota Armenian author Bedros Keljik (1874-1959), Lou Ann Matossian resides in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Armenian community he founded.

cross posted from Program in Human Rights and Health
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