“What human crime plagues the planet more than the crime of genocide,” he asked, calling the systematic murder of Armenians in 1915 through 1917 as the “template for genocide in the modern era.”
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. 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.”
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