Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Persistent Past: How Violence and Genocide in Ottoman Turkey Affects Our World Today

The Persistent Past: How Violence and Genocide in Ottoman Turkey Affects Our World Today

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Historian Ronald Grigor Suny will give a talk entitled The Persistent Past at the USF Tampa Library on Monday, April 23 at 7 pm. Suny is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Michigan, as well as Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago.

About the lecture:

A century ago, the Young Turk government carried out deportations and massacres of various peoples in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Jews, Arabs, and others.  Several of these brutal relocations have been designated ‘genocide,’ yet the current Turkish state, along with the United States and other countries, refuses to label any of them ‘genocide.’  The denial of past violence and its erasure from historical memory has allowed violence and human rights abuses to continue, worldwide, to the present day.

Please join us on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7 pm . Here are directions to the USF Tampa Library.

Presented by the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center and cosponsored by the USF Department of History.



St. David Armenian Church 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

St. David Armenian Church 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Monday, March 26, 2012

The tournament will take place at the

Via Mizner Golf and Country Club
(formerly the Country Club at Boca Raton)
6200 Boca Del Mar Drive
Boca Raton, FL  33433


Registration: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Buffet Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Terrace Room

Shot Gun Start: 1:00 p.m.

Cocktail Hour: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Award Banquet: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Bonus:  We will also be giving away (to the first 60 golfers) 2 coupons for the Atlantis Golf Club, in City of Atlantis to be used for you and a guest. (you would only be responsible for usage of cart).

Directions: I-95 North or South – take exit 44, Palmetto Park Road, heading West.  Make a left turn at Boca Del Mar Drive. Clubhouse is 3rd left.

Military Trail going South or North – take Palmetto Park Road heading West. Make a left turn at Boca Del Mar Drive. Clubhouse is 3rd left.

If you have any questions please contact Sonia Janian at 561-965-2664.


Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Hosts Religious Leaders

Armenian Church of Southwest Florida Hosts Religious Leaders

By Carole Meghreblian
FLArmenians Naples Contributor

The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida concluded its last service of the season on Sunday, March 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Naples, Florida. Over 125 parishioners were present, the largest number of parishioners to attend Holy Service (Badarak) to date.  The Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian from St. Gregory Armenian Church in Chicago was the celebrant. He was assisted by Deacon Allan Tossoonian from St. Hagop’s Armenian Church in Pinellas Park.  Organist Pierre Abadjian and fourteen choir members from across the United States, provided the beautiful music. Also in attendance were Hayr Soorp’s parents, Rev. Fr. Nerses and Yeretzgin Aurora Jebejian.

A light luncheon followed in the hall where parishioners enjoyed both an Armenian and American menu. The annual bake sale, featuring delicious katahs, simit, and other Armenian favorites, was completely sold out.

Anyone visiting or living in the Naples, Fort Myers, Marco Island area and wishing to participate in future events, please follow Services are held November through April.

Carole Meghreblian is the Parish Council Chair of the Armenian Church of Southwest Florida. She can be reached at

This story has been updated.