Zoryan Institute and AUA Center for Oral History: Opening Ceremony

04 Nov 2019

About the Event:

AUA will host the official opening ceremony of The Zoryan Institute and AUA Center for Oral History housed at the AUA AGBU Papazian Library. The Zoryan Institute has deposited copies of its renowned Armenian Genocide Oral History Archive to this Center. To this day, the collection holds considerable significance for scholars, students, researchers and filmmakers. Students and scholars across Armenia will have the opportunity to view and conduct research on the material. 

AUA President Dr. Karin Markides and President of The Zoryan Institute Greg Sarkissian will deliver opening remarks.

The Executive Director of the Zoryan Institute, George Shirinian, says in his presentation of the Zoryan Institute Oral History Collection, “A great deal of effort was put into the development of a questionnaire that would not only elicit information about the Genocide, but also provide details and valuable insights into the life of the Armenian people preceding the Genocide. A standardized set of questions would allow for cross referencing and comparison of testimonies. The survey was arranged under four broad headings: 1) City/Village Life in the Armenian Homeland, 2) Massacre and Deportation from the Armenian Homeland, 3) Experiences as an Immigrant, 4) Attitudes and Interpretations.”

The Zoryan Institute and its subsidiary, the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, is the first non-profit, international centre devoted to the research and documentation of contemporary issues with a focus on Genocide, Diaspora and Homeland.