Dr. Richard Hovanissian, a UCLA historian of Armenia, will talk on “Remembrance and Denial: The Case of the Armenian Genocide” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (this room formerly was known as 108, Albertus Magnus Hall).

Hovanissian is one of the leading scholars of contemporary Armenian history, as well as of the history of the Caucasus, former states of the Soviet Union. The Armenian genocide has been in the news lately because of discussion of “recognizing the Armenian massacres as a genocide” in the U.S. presidential campaign, as well as a debate in the U.S. House of Representatives about House Resolution 398 on the Armenian genocide. The debate has affected foreign policy because the government of the Turkish Republic has never recognized the murder of 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire from 1915-1922 as a genocide.

Hovanissian also will give three talks at the University of Minnesota Thursday, Oct. 5. He will discuss “The Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust” at 12:45 p.m. in Room 120, Burton Hall; “Remembrance and Denial: The Armenian Case as a Prototype” at 3:30 p.m. in Room L-122, Carlson School of Management; and “Bittersweet Memories: The Final Generation of Ottoman Armenians Oral History” at 7:30 p.m. in the Rare Book Room, #385.

The talks are sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Justice and Peace Studies Program, the Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota, and several offices at the University of Minnesota.