“Forced Into Genocide” Book Discussion with Author Adrienne Alexanian

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: UConn Hartford Times Building, 10 Prospect Street, Room 210, Hartford, CT (enter through Front Street entrance)


This event is free and open to the public.
Visitors may park at the Front Street North Garage (24 Front Street, Hartford, CT 06103) for the hourly rate. UConn permit holders may park at the Convention Center for validation. Accessible parking accommodations are typically accommodated in the North Front Street Garage where handicap parking spaces are located on Levels 1 (3 spaces), Level 2 (2 spaces), Level 3 (two spaces), Level 4 (five spaces), and Level 6 (2 spaces).  The central elevator bay provides accessible access to Front Street on Level 2.  The handicap parking spaces on Level 1 also includes a van accessible parking stall and access to this level is accessible via elevator 24/7.  The doors from the Traveler’s Plaza that lead to the accessible parking stalls on Level 4 of the garage remain open until 10:00 PM; there are several steps and a door without a power assisted opener along this travel path.

Book Discussion

"Forced Into Genocide" is the riveting memoir of Yervant Edward Alexanian: an eye-witness to the massacre and dislocation of his family and countrymen in Ottoman Turkey during World War I. Incredibly, Alexanian experienced the Armenian Genocide as a conscript in the Turkish army. His memoir is a one-of-a-kind "insider's account," documenting the Genocide's astonishing cruelty - but also its rare, unexpected acts of humanity.

No comparable account exists in the literature of the Armenian Genocide. This edition, translated from Alexanian's hand-written chronicle, includes rare documents and photos that the author preserved, a scholarly introduction, translator's note, and other supportive matter.

About the Author and Editor

Born in Sivas, Turkey, Yervant Alexanian survived the Hamidian massacres as an infant to later fight for survival as a conscript in the Ottoman Turkish Army during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. He fled to America in 1920, where he spent his life advocating justice for his people.

Adrienne G. Alexanian, Yervant's daughter, has spent years preparing her father's manuscript for publication. She is an educator and a 2010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, UConn School of Social Work, and Norian Armenian Programs.

To request reasonable accommodations and for any other questions regarding the event, contact global@uconn.edu or 860-486-3152.

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