After the parliament of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast in Azerbaijan voted to unify the region with Armenia on Feb. 20, 1988, inter-ethnic fighting broke out. This devolved into a war that lasted through May 1994 and likely received little coverage on the nightly news. Here to fill us in on what we missed, including what was televised, is Levon Marashlian, a UC Irvine lecturer, Glendale Community College history professor and the first Armenian historian to lecture in Turkey on the Armenian genocide.
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Marashlian's free illustrated lecture, “The Karabakh Conflict From Ceasefire to Safarov: Analysis Via Television News Coverage: 1990s to 2012,” begins with a reception at 6:30 this evening and the presentation an hour later in Room 135 of UCI's Humanities Instructional Building.
Here is the poster for the lecture sponsored by the School of Humanities and Armenian Studies:
Marashlian has taught Armenian history and the diaspora, as well as Middle Eastern, Russian and U.S. history and politics at the aforementioned institutions as well as UCLA and Cal State Northridge. He's also analyzed news coverage of the Karabakh Conflict for government officials, testifying before the U.S. Congress in 1996. It was his participation in the 11th Congress of Turkish History in Ankara in 1990 that marked the first time an Armenian lectured on the Armenian genocide in Turkey, whose government has minimized or denied genocide even happened.
No reservations are required are required for the lecture or reception, where refreshments will be served. But it's $10 to park in the nearest lot: Mesa Parking Structure's Lot 7 at West Peltason and Mesa roads.
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