In honor of Armenian History Month, the Ventura County Library along with the Southern California Library Cooperative are continuing their Be The Change Series with The Resistance Network: a conversation with author and lecturer Khatchig Mouradian, PhD., and filmmaker and screenwriter Eric Nazarian.
The Resistance Network is the history of an underground network of humanitarians, missionaries, and diplomats in Ottoman Syria who helped save the lives of thousands during the Armenian Genocide. Khatchig Mouradian challenges depictions of Armenians as passive victims of violence and subjects of humanitarianism, demonstrating the key role they played in organizing a humanitarian resistance against the destruction of their people.
Khatchig Mouradian is a lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. In January 2021, Mouradian was appointed Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division (Near East Section) at the Library of Congress. Mouradian has published articles on concentration camps, unarmed resistance, the aftermath of mass violence, midwifery in the Middle East, and approaches to teaching history. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on late-Ottoman history, and the editor of the peer-reviewed journal The Armenian Review. Mouradian has taught courses on imperialism, mass violence, urban space and conflict in the Middle East, the aftermaths of war and mass violence, and human rights at Worcester State University and Clark University in Massachusetts, Rutgers University and Stockton University in New Jersey, and California State University – Fresno in California.
Eric Nazarian is a filmmaker, screenwriter and photographer from Los Angeles. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he is the recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. His first film, “The Blue Hour” premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, winning several awards on the festival circuit. He had made films in the United States, Armenia, Mexico and Turkey and co-wrote “Three Christs” starring Richard Gere and Peter Dinklage, released by IFC Films.
The Be The Change series takes place in conjunction with such commemorations as Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Armenian Genocide Remembrance, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, and LGBTQ+ Pride. The series will also examine the one-year anniversary of the 2020 racial justice protests and 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The series will include virtual lectures, exhibits, and online programming from authors, curators, and historians.
The series is brought to you by the Ventura County Library in partnership with the Southern California Library Cooperative and Outlook Newspapers. The series is led by Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and sponsored by the City of Glendale Arts and Culture Commission, with funding from the City of Glendale Urban Art Fund. For more information or to register, visit www.eglendalelac.org/bethechange.