Dr. Arda Jebejian
Dr. Arda Jebejian on "Linguistic Challenges of the Armenian Diaspora in Lebanon"
Beirut, May 6, 2008- On April 30, 2008, Dr. Arda Jebejian, current lecturer in the Humanities Department at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, delivered a lecture entitled "Challenges of the Armenian Diaspora in Lebanon: Implications for a Resolution of a Crime Still Denied" at the Cultural Hour in the Haigazian University Auditorium.
Dr. Jebejian was introduced to the audience by Dr. Arda Ekmekji, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who in her opening word tackled the issue of the Armenian Genocide, pointing out to the fact that it is the first genocide of the 20th century.
Jebejian began her lecture by explaining the role of language in societies, as "the means of socialization into one''s culture, the vehicle for transmitting the cultural heritage of the past, reshaping it, and passing it on to the next generations."
Jebejian also explained the implications of the Armenian language on Armenians who live in Diaspora communities. "They have been subjected to shifts and fluctuations of language ideologies, ranges of identities, sociopolitical and socioeconomic trends, and more recently to globalization, consumerism, explosion of media technologies, and the post-colonial and post-communist predicament of belongingness", Jebejian noted.
Jebejian concluded her lecture by considering that pride in ethnic identity, communal belongingness, and transmission of the Armenian language and history, are crucial in hastening the just conclusion of an internationally unresolved national tragedy.
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