Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Look what I got in my email today.

fromKasim Gumus
reply-toKasim Gumus
dateMon, Apr 12, 2010 at 12:30 AM
subject[INTLNEWS-STUDENTS-L] A Lecture on Turkish & Armenian Conflict
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Dear friends,

Assembly of American Turkish Associations (ATAA) and Turkish Student Association at IUPUI (TSA) proudly announce a lecture by Prof. Türkkaya Ataöv : TURKS and ARMENIANS: What Really Happened on April 24, 1915. This lecture is a part of lecture series that being held in many US and Canada cities.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 5:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Business School, Room BS 2000

Thank you,
Best Regards,

Kasim Gumus

Prof. Türkkaya Ataöv
ATAA Capital Forum and

 National Speakers Bureau Program

 US-Canada Lecture Series 
Supported by the Turkish Coalition of America  
 Turks and Armenians:
 What Really Happened on April 24, 1915

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
IUPUI Kelley School of Bussines Room BS 2000
801 West Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN
Organized by ATAA and TSA
Information: 812.391.4838

There has been a big question as to what really took place on April 24, 1915, in the Ottoman Empire.  Various ethnic interest groups have offered conflicting versions of the events.

On April 24, 1915, 235 leaders out of 77,735 Armenians of Istanbul were moved to and placed under house arrest in the Anatolian city of Çankırı.  They were free to move about the city in the day time, and confined to house arrest at night.  All were eventually released.  One died due to natural causes.  Two were murdered by two hooligans, who were tried and executed for their crimes. 

In May 1915, many Armenians in the eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire were relocated from the war zones in response to the Armenian Revolt which reached its most destructive point in the Van Revolt of March 1915.  In June 1915, the relocation reached port cities in Western Anatolia, where Armenian rebels were importing and transporting arms and ammunition to Armenian nationalists in the east. 

In November 1915, the relocation ended.  The relocation was a military response to a military problem.  Having initially "slaughtered about 120,000 non-Armenians" in Eastern Anatolia, as recorded even by the British, and seized control of the Ottoman city of Van, with the backing of the invading Russians, the Armenians posed a great military danger to the 3rd, 4th, and the 6th Ottoman armies, as well as to the Ottoman civilian Muslim and Jewish populations.

There is absolutely no similarity between the Armenian case and the Holocaust, as Jews never engaged in an armed revolt to create a Jewish state in Germany.  To equate the Armenian case with genocide, is to dilute the definition of genocide and understate the suffering of the Jews.

Whether the events of 1915 constitute genocide is not a political question, where truth may be sacrificed for election purposes at Congressional district levels.  History and jurisprudence have their own methodologies that should be respected by all.

In an ATAA national speaking tour, Prof.  Türkkaya Ataöv, a highly respected historian and professor will give a lecture on the political landscape and events of April 24, 1915 which will serve to enlighten the general public with a view toward reconciliation based on truth.  Details of this lecture are included herein.

Biographical Sketch of  Prof. Dr. Türkkaya Ataöv
Türkkaya Ataöv is Professor Emeritus in International Relations at Ankara University, Turkey. He did his graduate work in the United States, where he received two M.A.s (NYU & Syracuse Univ.) and a Ph.D. (1959, Syracuse U., NY). He taught at Ankara Univ. for more than four decades and lectured in several American, British, Russian, German, Dutch, Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, African and Australian universities.
He is the author of close to 140 books (most of which have been in foreign languages and printed in Europe or in the Americas), a few hundred academic treatises, and a few thousand newspaper articles. His writings have been translated into 20 languages and appeared in 17 European, 13 Asian, 5 African, and 3 American states and Australia.
He was elected to central executive positions of UN-related international organizations, dealing with racial discrimination, human rights, terrorism, nuclear war, and exchange of prisoners of war.

Professor Ataöv published 80 books or booklets on the Armenian issue, was invited (as "witness of authority") by the Paris court to the two (1984 & 1985) trials of Armenian terrorists, participated in the UN (1985) Geneva meetings of the Human Rights Commission on the Genocide Convention, and partook in several meetings of the European Parliament that dealt with the Armenian issue.

Professor Ataöv received 17 academic awards or medals in recognition of his published works and activities. They include two (Italian and Federal Yugoslavian) presidential medals, two UN-affiliated awards, and several honorary doctorates and academic citations.
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nazarian said...

From: M., I.
Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 1:44 PM
Subject: FW: IUPUI and mission violation
To: Nazarian
Cc: [list]

Dear Mr. Nazarian,

S. S. is attending a series of meetings today and she has asked me to reply to your email on behalf of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) regarding tonight’s lecture in the business school by Prof. Turkkaya Ataov of Turkey.

First, we apologize and are outraged by this incendiary posting by the Assembly of American Turkish Associations and the Turkish Student Association at IUPUI.

Secondly, ‘INTL News–students’ is an open listserv and the posting does not imply any endorsement by OIA. However, in the light of this posting we are going to review our posting policy.

As someone who spent several years working in Armenia I am well aware of the circumstances surrounding the Armenian genocide of 1915. The format of tonight’s presentation does not permit alternative viewpoints and consequently, we would be more than happy to cosponsor a follow up event on this campus so that a more historically accurate perspective might be presented to our campus and community.


I. S. M. PhD

Director of International Partnerships, IUPUI

From: Nazarian
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:04 PM
Subject: IUPUI and mission violation

Dear Ms. S. S.,

I received the email (presented below) from Kasim Gumus using an International Affairs resource within IUPUI. I have long regarded IUPUI as an open organization in pursuit of making a positive impact on the people. The lecture hosted by the IUPUI is a blatant attempt at falsification of history and a disgrace to the memory of all the people who perished in 1915. It runs contrary to the mission of IUPUI and does not constitute a "positive impact".

Such lectures are unbecoming to IUPUI and IUPUI needs to apologize to the students and faculty for going against its mission statement and hosting such lectures.



nazarian said...

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