Noted author and Teaneck-native Peter Balakian, who has written extensively about the Armenian experience, will speak at Bergen Community College on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 6 p.m. Balakian’s visit, arranged by the College’s Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Center and the Center for the Study of Intercultural Understanding, brings the nationally recognized author and scholar to Bergen to discuss the struggle of the Armenian people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as their history, poetry and literature.There are 1.5 million people of Armenian descent living in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census for 2000. More than 8,300 Armenian Americans live in Bergen County.
Balakian serves as the current Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities and director of creative writing in Colgate University’s English department. He was also the university’s first director of its Center for Ethics and World Societies. Balakian won the PEN/Albrand Prize for his memoir, “Black Dog of Fate,” which earned New York Times Notable Book honors. He was the recipient of a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize for his book, “The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response.”
His address will take place in the Moses Family Meeting and Training Center (Technology Education Center room 128) at the College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Please contact Keith Chu at [email protected] or (201) 447-9232 to make a reservation.
The Peace Justice and Reconciliation Center provides educational experiences, exhibitions, dialogues, and forums on the issues of war, genocide, social justice. Additionally, the Center aims to develop skills in conflict resolution through interdisciplinary study. The Center’s philosophy is that peace can be promoted, and that cultural conflicts can be reduced.
The Center for the Study of Intercultural Understanding promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through better communication and critical-thinking skills. Originally introduced at the College as the Center of International Study in 1979, the CSIU is committed to the study of diversity and global issues.
Bergen Community College is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs and certificate programs. More than 15,000 students are enrolled in non-credit, professional courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, located at 355 Main Street, Hackensack, and Bergen at the Meadowlands, located at 1280 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst. Information about the College is available at www.bergen.edu or by phoning the Welcome Center at (201) 447-7200.