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March 10, 1995

Library of Congress Schedules Armenian Lecture for April 7

Nina G. Garsoian, Columbia University professor emeritus of Armenian and Byzantine studies, will give the third annual Vardanants Day Armenian lecture at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

The topic for Dr. Garsoian's illustrated presentation will be "Iranian Elements in Early Armenian Christianity." She has written extensively about Iranian aspects of ancient Armenian religion and society. The program is free and open to the public with no tickets required.

The lecture series is named for the Armenian holiday that commemorates the battle of Avarayr in 451, in which General Vardan Mamikonian led Armenian forces against Persian troops.

The program is the first of four planned by the Library's Near East Section to mark its 50th anniversary. It also will honor the memory of Marjorie M. Dadian, a generous supporter of the Library's Armenian collection, who died in 1994. Her gift from the estate of her husband, Arthur H. Dadian, created the Armenian lecture series.

As for all Library public programs, interpreting services (American Sign Language, Contact Signing, Oral and Tactile) will be provided on request placed by six business days in advance of the lecture. Call (202) 707-6362, TTY and voice, to make a specific request. For other ADA accommodations, please contact the Disability Employment office (202) 707-9948 TTY and (202) 707-7544 voice.

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PR 95-031
ISSN 0731-3527

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