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Levon Avdoyan Presents on “Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the Library of Congress.”

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YEREVAN, Armenia – On October 3, 2014, the American University of Armenia (AUA) welcomed Dr. Levon Avdoyan, Area Specialist for Armenia and Georgia at the Library of Congress, for a presentation on “Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the Library of Congress.”

Dr. Avdoyan was born and raised in the United States, earning his MA, MPhil and PhD in Ancient History with a minor in Armenian History and Civilization from Columbia University. Since joining the Library of Congress in 1977, the Armenian collections have grown from around 7,000 items to over 45,000 items.

Dr. Avdoyan shared his enthusiasm for Armenian history and librarianship with the audience, presenting a fascinating slideshow of some of the most historically significant items in his collection from the Ottoman Empire, including a letter from Talaat Pasha to U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, dated April 24, 1915. The event was well attended by AUA staff, students, faculty and the general public, and was followed by a lively Question & Answer session with the audience.

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