SUNY Oneonta News

March 15, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Dr. Peter Balakian of Colgate University will offer a keynote address on the Turkish-Armenian genocide at the second annual SUNY College at Oneonta Undergraduate Political Science Conference at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, in the College's Morris Conference Center. Admission to the presentation is free, and all are invited to attend.

Dr. Balakian, Professor of Humanities and author of several highly regarded books on the Armenian genocide, appeared in a recent "60 Minutes" segment on CBS. He traveled with a CBS crew to region of Syria known as the Armenian Auschwitz, where he discussed the 1915 mass deportation and massacre of Armenians by Turks. In his presentation at SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Balakian will focus on the influence of the Turkish-Armenian genocide on human rights movements and contemporary international affairs.

Peter Balakian has spent decades unraveling his Armenian ancestry and, in the process, educating the world about the atrocities of the Armenian genocide. He is the recipient of many awards, prizes and civic citations, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is a winner of 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for Memoir and New York Times Notable Book Prizes. He has appeared many times on national television and radio.

Dr. Balakian will appear at SUNY Oneonta as part of the two-day Undergraduate Political Science Conference at which undergraduate students from colleges throughout the Northeast will present their original analytical papers in the field of political science.

The conference has been organized and managed by SUNY Oneonta Political Science majors with advisement from departmental faculty. The organizers from SUNY Oneonta include students Heather Bailey, Heather Poole, and Joseph Karpel.

A number of SUNY Oneonta students will present papers at the conference, as will students from Lebanon Valley College (PA), Marymount Manhattan College (NY), Clark University (MA), and Villanova University (PA).

More information about the conference and Dr. Balakian's presentation is available from Dr. Paul Conway of the SUNY Oneonta Political Science Department at or (607) 436-3923.




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