PRESS RELEASE
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
395 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478
Tel.: 617-489-1610
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.naasr.org
Contact: Marc A. Mamigonian

LECTURE AT NAASR ON ARMENIAN DIASPORAN COMMUNITIES OF NORTH AMERICA

Dr. Isabel Kaprielian-Churchill will give a lecture entitled "The
Armenians in Canada and the U.S.: A Borderless Diaspora" on Thursday,
November 9, at 8:00 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian
Studies and Research (NAASR) Center , 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA.

Dr. Kaprielian-Churchill is the author of Like Our Mountains: A
History of Armenians in Canada, published last year by McGill-Queen's
University Press. This is the first comprehensive history of the
Armenian diaspora in Canada spanning a period of 100 years from the
founding settlements in the late 19th century to the devastating
earthquake in Armenia in 1988. Like Our Mountains examines the
economic, social, religious, political, and cultural life of Armenian
settlers focusing on different cities during different waves of
immigration.

Two Communities Share Deep Ties

She will discuss the history of both the American and the Canadian
Armenian communities that she has examined in such remarkable detail in
this major work of scholarship, which was awarded the Clio prize by the
Canadian Historical Association for the best book on Ontario history
in 2005. The two diasporic communities historically have had close
ties in all aspects of community development and Kaprielian-Churchill
will deal with them each in her lecture.

Having received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1984,
Kaprielian-Churchill taught at the University of Toronto and at
Ryerson and York Universities before moving to Fresno. In 2001 she
was promoted to full professor. She has published extensively on
immigration and ethnic history, emphasizing issues related to refugee
survival and settlement as well as to family and social networks
of immigrants in Canada. Her writings are rooted in vivid personal
accounts and the quest for retaining identities in times of upheaval
and change.

Admission to the event is free. The NAASR Bookstore will open at
7:30 p.m. The NAASR Center and Headquarters is located opposite the
First Armenian Church and next to the U.S. Post Office. Ample parking
is available around the building and in adjacent areas. The lecture
will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.

More information about the lecture is available by calling
617-489-1610, faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing [email protected], or writing
to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.