Calendar of Events – 01/10/2019

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What:           "The Armenian Community of Ethiopia - Past and Present"
                a lecture is given by Asbed Pogarian
When:           Jan 20 2019 1pm
                Following Church Divine Liturgy which starts at 10:30am
Where:          Prelacy's Hall, 6252 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta, CA
Misc:           Individual Armenians have settled in Ethiopia as traders and
                advisors, but it was only in the late 1800s and early 1900
                that a community was formed.
                In 1924, the future Emperor Haile Selassie "adopted" 40
                orphans from the Armenian orphanage in Jerusalem and brought
                them to Ethiopia, making them his official Imperial Marching
                Band. Their leader, Kevork Nalbandian, composed the national
                anthem of Ethiopia in 1930, which played until the Communist
                Revolution of 1974, when it was discontinued.
                Asbed Pogarian is a third generation Ethiopian-Armenian. His
                paternal grandfather arrived in Ethiopia in 1899 after
                surviving the Hamidian massacres of 1895-96. Both his parents
                were born in Addis Ababa. He left Ethiopia in 1975 and
                attended the Melkonian Educational Institute in Cyprus. In
                1985, he spent a year in Yerevan researching the relationship
                between Ethiopians and Armenians throughout history. Last
                January, after an absence of 43 years, he returned to Ethiopia
                for the first time and documented his travel in the film, Dear
                Ethiopia: A Love Letter.
                The event is free to the public. There will be a reception
                with Sample of Ethiopian Food.
Online Contact: [email protected]
Tel:            818-244-9639

What:           The Zeytun Gospels "Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a
                Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice"
                a lecture is given by Prof. Heghnar Zeitlian
When:           Feb 24 2019 1pm
                Following Church Divine Liturgy which starts at 10:30am
Where:          Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley
                Western Prelacy's Hall, 6252 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta, CA
Misc:           In 2010, the world's wealthiest art institution, the J. Paul
                Getty Museum, found itself confronted by a century-old
                genocide. The Armenian Church was suing for the return of
                eight pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a manuscript illuminated
                by the greatest medieval Armenian artist, Toros Roslin.
                The Missing Pages is the biography of a manuscript that is at
                once art, sacred object, and cultural heritage. Its tale
                mirrors the story of its scattered community as Armenians have
                struggled to redefine themselves after genocide and in the
                absence of a homeland. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh follows in
                the manuscript's footsteps through seven centuries, from
                medieval Armenia to the killing fields of 1915 Anatolia, the
                refugee camps of Aleppo, Ellis Island, and Soviet Armenia, and
                ultimately to a Los Angeles courtroom.
                Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the
                University of California, Davis. She is the award-winning
                author of The Image of an Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo
                (2004). Her writing has also appeared in the Huffington Post
                and the Los Angeles Times. As a board member of the US
                nonprofit Project 2015, she helped organize the historic
                Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorations in Istanbul where
                she also delivered a speech in Armenian and Turkish
                The event is free to the public.
Online Contact: [email protected]
Tel:            818-244-9639


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