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Tewksbury High School Students Hear From Experts On The Armenian Genocide

Dec 17, 2015 05:26AM ● By Bill Gilman

Ms. Hill of the TMHS History Department, accepting the gift of books from Dr. Jeknavorian and Mr. Vartabedian after their lecture on the Armenian Genocide.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Public Schools.)

Dr. Ara Jeknavorian and Mr. Tom Vartabedian, two representatives from the Armenian Genocide Education Committee spoke today (December 15, 2015) at Tewksbury Memorial High School.

The topic of their lecture was “The Forgotten Genocide: Armenia 1915 – 1923”.   According to their bios from the Chelmsford Library- Friday Morning Lecture Series - Dr. Ara Jeknavorian is a research scientist and independent consultant serving the concrete construction industry.    In addition to his professional career, 

Dr. Jeknavorian is an ardent and passionate student of Armenian History and co-chairs the Armenian National Committee of the Merrimack Valley, a grass roots advocacy group for the welfare of worldwide Armenian communities.

Tom Vartabedian is an award-winning writer and photographer, and a regular contributor to numerous Armenian and non-Armenian newspapers and journals.  He is an instructor at the St. Gregory Armenian School in No. Andover, serves on the Board of Directors of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc., and is past chair of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Merrimack Valley. 

The students of Ms. Hill’s 10th grade World Studies class are currently studying World War One and the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide.  They were 64 eager participants grasping at the words of Jeknavorian and Vartabedian to try and understand this tragedy.  As a parting gift, Jeknavorian and Vartabedian left TMHS library with three new books related to the Armenian Genocide studies.  

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