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The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice

This hybrid in-person and virtual event is free and open to the public.

Book Discussion

The 2022 Alice K. Norian Lecture, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice, follows the story of pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a piece of Armenian cultural heritage that for centuries was protected in a remote church until it split in two during the First World War. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh traces the history of the manuscript from medieval Armenia to the killing fields of 1915 Anatolia, the refugee camps of Aleppo, Ellis Island, and Soviet Armenia, up to the 2010 lawsuit for the return of eight missing pages of the manuscript from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Watenpaugh’s book shows the human costs of war and expertly demonstrates the case for a human right to art.

Thursday, September 15, 2022
The Konover Auditorium of The Dodd Center for Human Rights
405 Babbidge Road, Storrs, CT 06269

The in-person event will begin with a reception at 5:00PM followed by a book discussion with author Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh at 6:00PM.
Those joining virtually can join this link beginning at 6:00PM:

About the Author

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She researches the visual cultures of the Middle East. Her first book on the architecture of Aleppo received a book award for urban history from the Society of Architectural Historians. Her new book, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice (Stanford University Press, 2019), is the only book to win awards from both the Society for Armenian Studies and the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. It also won the Gold Medal in World History from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and it was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (non-fiction). Her research has been supported by fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright-Hays, Social Science Research Council, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and the President of the University of California. Professor Watenpaugh has served on the boards of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Historians of Islamic Art Association, the Syrian Studies Association, and is currently on the board of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus. Professor Watenpaugh is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar.

Directions & Parking

Directions to Campus
To get to UConn’s Storrs campus, take I-84 east to exit 68 and turn right onto 195 south or I-84 west to exit 68 and turn left onto Route 195 south. Travel south on Route 195 straight through the intersection with Route 32. At the intersection of Route 195 and Route 44, proceed straight approximately 1.5 miles to the Storrs campus.

We recommend parking in the South Parking Garage. To get there, at the intersection of Route 195 and North Eagleville Road, proceed straight ahead through two traffic lights. At the third traffic light, turn right onto Mansfield Road. Follow the road as it bears to the right. At the stop sign, turn left onto Gilbert Road. Proceed to the first stop sign and turn right onto Hillside Road. Proceed to the first stop sign and turn left onto Jim Calhoun Way. The entrance to the South Parking Garage will be on your left.

If utilizing GPS, please use 2366 Jim Calhoun Way, Storrs, CT 06269.

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Walking Directions from the South Parking Garage to The Dodd Center
Walking from the South Garage, pass the UConn Bookstore, cross Hillside Road, and walk straight between the School of Business building on your left and the new Student Recreation Center on your right. Continue straight until you reach the Whetten Graduate Center (concrete and brick building). Walk to your right around the Whetten Graduate Center, then around the side of the Whetten building to the right and you will see the back entrance to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center (blue glass double doors) straight ahead.

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“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.

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2019 Discovering Armenian Heritage & Culture

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: The Mark Twain House & Museum
385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for UConn's Discovering Armenian Heritage & Culture event! Bring family and friends to enjoy food, music, workshops, book signing and panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

Images provided by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives.

Download the program here.


10:00 AM | WELCOME

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Ph.D., Dean, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut


Mari Firkatian, Ph.D, Professor of History, University of Hartford

Maggie Stepanian


Tatev Amiryan, DMA, Composer & Pianist
Anna Hayrapetyan, Soprano and a lecturer in Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut


George Aghjayan, Director of the Armenian Historical Archives
Marc Mamigonian, Director of Academic Affairs, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Armen T. Marsoobian, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University
Catherine Masud, Documentarian and Lecturer, Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut
Tsoleen Sarian, Executive Director, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
Moderated by Kathryn Libal, Ph.D., Director of the Human Rights Institute and Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights, University of Connecticut


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