NORTHRIDGE, CA — Robert Fisk, world renowned author of several books about the Middle East and foreign correspondent for one of the United Kingdom’s leading newspapers, The Independent , will speak at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) about his latest book, “The Great War for Civilisation.” Fisk will discuss some of the issues addressed in his book about contemporary conflicts in the Middle East region and their historical roots. The lecture will take place at the University Student Union’s Grand Salon on Friday, December 15, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
The event is co-hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) and the United Human Rights Council (UHRC), along with the CSUN Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Student Association, Alpha Epsilon Omega fraternity, and Alpha Gamma Alpha sorority.
“Fisk’s unique insight as someone on the ground with in-depth knowledge of these conflicts makes him one of the most engaging speakers in the field,” noted Haig Hovsepian, Community Relations Director for the ANCA-WR. “Fisk is known for speaking his mind and will undoubtedly address difficult issues at the intersection of American and European foreign policy and the various cultures and interests at play in the Middle East.”
Of particular interest to the Armenian American community, Fisk is one of the world’s best known journalists and has distinguished himself in his effort to inform the world about the Armenian Genocide. In his latest book, “The Great War for Civilisation,” Fisk dedicates an entire chapter to the Armenian Genocide, which he titles “The First Holocaust.” He provides the historical details of the genocide, reveals interviews with survivors in Lebanon, and decries the Turkish and U.S. governments’ complicity in genocide denial today.
“The 20th century was one of great violence and repeatedly marked by human rights abuses and genocide,” commented Chris Yemenidjian, Chair of the UHRC. “We look forward to Mr. Fisk’s analysis of the root causes of today’s contemporary conflicts.”
“Mr. Fisk provides a valuable voice for cultural awareness and human rights,” noted Terenig Topjian, President of the CSUN ASA. “As the university is home to the sharing of ideas as well as the subsequent growth and progress they inspire, we are proud to be co-hosting him at CSUN.”
The event will be preceded by a 7pm reception for the author at the Grand Salon. Both the reception and the event are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and the author will entertain questions following his presentation. There will also be a book-signing opportunity immediately following the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
The ANCA is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues.