What Is To Be Asked
The purpose of the colloquia initiated by the Zoryan Institute for Contemporary Armenian Research and Documentation, Inc. is to provide a forum to scholars, intellectuals, and community members to discuss fundamental issues, to raise substantial questions, and to help develop new perspectives relevant to the modern history and culture of the Armenian people. The Board of Directors of the Institute hopes that these colloquia will encourage speculative thinking and scholarly research in areas critical to contemporary Armenian studies. The first colloquium convened on two consecutive days in January 1984 at Tufts University, Medford, Mass. and at the Zoryan Institute headquarters. The format was simple. The first session consisted of three presentations and three comments. The remaining time was devoted to open discussion. By releasing the transcript of the proceedings, we hope to enlarge the circle of participants in the discussions and to make the process a continuing one.