Glendale Central Library Auditorium
222 E. Harvard St.
Arda Arsenian Ekmekji, will present her grandfather’s memoir, Towards Golgotha, which she has translated into English. Written originally in Armenian by pharmacist Hagop Arsenian, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, it contains two parts. The first part narrates his early life in the suburbs of Constantinople and the eventual deportation of his family to Aleppo, Syria. The second part describes his family life in Palestine from 1919 until 1940, especially in Jerusalem and Gaza, where he practiced as a pharmacist.
Dr. Arda Arsenian Ekmekji holds a Master of Art’s in Ancient History and Archaeology from the American University of Beirut and a Doctorate in Archeology from the University of Paris. She is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Haigazian University in Beirut. Her current research project is Mother Armenia: The Role of Pioneer Women in the Genocide Surviving Process. In 2004 she was honored with the Medal of Lebanese First Lady for distinguished female academicians of Lebanon. In 2009 she received another Medal from the Ministry of Interior for a pioneer role in the supervision of elections in Lebanon.
Ardashes Kassakhian, Glendale City Clerk and the great grandson of Hagop Arsenian, will introduce his cousin Arda Arsenian Ekmekji with opening remarks.
This program is sponsored by the Abril books and the City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.
The lecture is in English. Admission is free and seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.