Armenian Independence Movement Exhibition on Bird 6th floor

A two-part exhibition entitled The Syracuse Connection to the Armenian Independence Movement is available in the library’s Special Collections Research Center and in the Panasci Lounge of the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center through January 16. The exhibit concerns the Armenian independence movement (1915–1920), in which Syracuse University and many local citizens were involved.
On display are photographs and documents provided by Robert Koolakian, a 1966 graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, whose grandfather, George Koolakian, played a confidential but crucial role in the effort to establish an independent Republic of Armenia after World War I. The library part of the exhibit is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (excepting holidays). The Schine Center display is available from 7:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 11:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday (excepting holidays).
The exhibit was mounted in conjunction with Robert Koolakian’s talk, entitled “Struggle for Justice: Central New York’s Link to the Quest for Armenian Independence,” presented on November 27th 2007 in E. S. Bird Library. The talk, part of the Syracuse Symposium series, was sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences and the University Library.
Robert Koolakian’s forthcoming book, “Struggle for Justice: A Story of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia, 1915–1920,” will be published by the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

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