Even as his monumental two-volume history, The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times (1997), encompasses the 3,000 years and six continents of the Armenian state, Hovannisian is perhaps best known for his research and writing on the widespread massacre, deportation, and diaspora that began under the Ottoman sultanate in 1894, continued with the Cilician pogroms of 1909, and culminated in the genocide of 1915-1922. A Guggenheim Fellow, Hovannisian has received many honors and awards, not only for his scholarship, but also for his civic activities and leadership in the advancement of Armenian studies. In 1990 Hovannisian was elected to the Armenian Academy of Arts and Sciences- the first nonresident to be so honored. He has received honorary doctorates from Yerevan State and Atrsakh State University, and, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the First Republic, President Robert Kocharian awarded him the Movses Khorenatsi Medal in recognition for a lifetime's achievement in education in the social sciences.
This presentation is cosponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights.