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Turkish Historian to Speak at UW-Eau Claire March 15

RELEASED: March 10, 2006

Dr. Taner Akçam
Dr. Taner Akçam

EAU CLAIRE — The Society of Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Turkey: Between National Identity and European Integration" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall.

Turkish historian Dr. Taner Akçam will discuss genocide and the place and past of Anatolia's Armenian and Kurdish minorities.

Akçam, a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota, received his doctoral degree from Hanover University with a dissertation titled "Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide: On the Background of the Military Tribunals in Istanbul between 1919 and 1922." He has since lectured and published extensively on this topic, publishing four books, including "From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide (2004)" and articles in Turkish and German. Since 1988, he has held the position of research scientist in sociology, Hamburger Institute fur Sozialforschung, and has twice been visiting scholar at the Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan at Dearborn.

The lecture is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Amnesty International, the Geography Club, Flipside, Peer Diversity Educators, Center for International Education, and the UW-Eau Claire departments of geography, economics and sociology, political science, history, philosophy, English and foreign languages.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Phillip Huelsbeck, international student adviser, at (715) 836-4411 of huelsbpj@uwec.edu.

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