Monthly Archives: January 2017

Peter Balakian to Present Poetry Collection at University of South Florida


Peter Balakian

On Thursday, February 16, the University of South Florida (USF) will host renowned author Peter Balakian for a presentation of his poetry collection “Ozone Journal.”

Peter Balakian has a diverse background in poetry, memoir, translation, history, and international affairs. Among many previous awards, in 2016, Balakian won the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection “Ozone Journal” which is praised for its historical depth and meticulously documented detail. The collection is a vivid journey through the personal and the political. Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the department of English and Director of Creative Writing at Colgate University.

Florida Armenians encourages members to attend and support this special event. Presented by the USF Humanities Institute, the presentation will be held held at 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620, in Building CWY Room 206 at 6:00pm.

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Dr. Richard Hovannisian to Present in Tampa


Dr. Richard Hovannisian

St. Hagop Armenian Church of Pinellas Park, FL will host Dr. Richard Hovannisian for a presentation entitled “The Ubiquitous Armenians: The Lesser Known Armenian Communities of Asia Minor and the Northeastern Mediterranean” on Monday, February 13 at 7:00pm at St. Hagop Armenian Church, Shahnasarian Hall, 7020 90th Ave N., Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

This presentation is based on the last three volumes of Professor Hovannisian’s UCLA conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.”  It focuses on lesser known but vibrant Armenian communities in Asia Minor, such as Ismid, Bardizag, Adabazar, Armash, and Bursa as far as Konia.  Other communities that will be discussed include the Cappadocian region of Gesaria/Kayseri, Talas, Evkere, Tomarza, and Evereg-Fenese.  Finally, Dr. Hovannisian will discuss the Northeastern Mediterranean coastal centers of Dort-Yol, the Sanjak of Alexandrettta, Musa Dagh, and Kessab, an area where the rugged and sturdy people repeatedly demonstrated their heroism.

Dr. Hovannisian will also present “Differing Armenian Choices in Times of Crisis” on Tuesday, February 14 at 3:00 pm at the University of South Florida (USF) Library, 4th Floor Grace Allen Room.

Dr. Richard Hovannisian is Professor Emeritus of Modern Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA, President’s Fellow, Chapman University, Adjunct Professor of History, University of Southern California, and the Editor of Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean Series.


7th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Armenian & Music Food Festival