The renowned historian Prof. George Bournoutian will lecture at St. Nersess Seminary on "The Current Scholarly Debate over Karabagh." The public lecture will take place on Monday, February 21, 2005 at 7:30 PM.
Professor Bournoutian is the author of more than a dozen books on Armenian history. Many of these are previously unpublished Armenian, Iranian, Turkish and Russian sources which offer valuable information on the history of Armenia in the late middle ages and the modern era. Much of Bournoutian's work has focused on the history of Karabagh
Prof. Bournoutian will speak about recent scholarly debate concerning the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict. Bournoutian has documented a recent and egregious movement by the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijian to produce new critical editions of little-known primary sources relating to the history of Karabagh. Bournoutian has discovered that these new editions alter or delete most references to Armenia and the Armenians.
"One fears," Bournoutian recently wrote, "that these new versions will be regularly cited by inexperienced historians, or by those with a political agenda, to the detriment of objective scholarship for decades to come."
Dr. Bournoutian is Professor of East European and Middle Eastern History and Political Science at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He has taught Armenian and Iranian History at UCLA and Columbia University, and was the first to teach Armenian history courses at New York University, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and Glendale Community College.
A highly popular, animated and engaging speaker, Dr. Bournoutian is regularly cited for his excellence in teaching. In addition to his regular teaching and research, each year he leads study trips for students and scholars to countries throughout the world. His wife is Dr. Ani Bournoutian, Dean of Studies at Barnard College, New York.
Prof. Bournoutian will sign copies of his latest book, Two Chronicles on the History of Karabagh.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.