past events

April 3, 2023
7:00 pm

We Are All Armenian book launch at Columbia


Please join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3 in Room CO3 in the Columbia School of Social Work (1255 Amsterdam Avenue at 121st Street), for a panel discussion with Aram Mrjoian, the editor of the anthology We Are All Armenian, a groundbreaking collection of personal essays exploring the multilayered realities of life in the Armenian diaspora. Aram will be in conversation with contributors Chris Bohjalian, Nancy Kricorian, Scout Tufankjian, and Hrag Vartanian. The event is co-sponsored by The Columbia University Armenian CenterThe Armenian Society of Columbia University, the International Armenian Literary Alliance (IALA), NAASR, and The Zohrab Information Center.

November 20, 2019
7:00 pm

Reclaiming Collective Memories in Contemporary Turkey

Join us for a discussion on “Reclaiming Collective Memories in Contemporary Turkey” featuring five artists, writers, and scholars.

Marianne Hirsch teaches Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Columbia. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former President of the Modern Language Association of America. Hirsch’s work combines feminist theory with memory studies, particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust and the forthcoming School Photos in Liquid Time: Archives of Possibility, co-authored with Leo Spitzer. She is one of the co-founders of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference and its global initiative Women Creating Change. She is also one of six co-editors of Women Mobilizing Memory.

Nancy Kricorian is a writer and organizer who lives in New York. She was born and raised in the Armenian community of Watertown, Massachusetts, where she attended the Armenian Brethren Church and Watertown Public Schools. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and her poetry, essays, and fiction have been widely published. She is the author of three novels focused on post-Genocide Armenian Diaspora experience–ZABELLE (1998), DREAMS OF BREAD AND FIRE (2003), and ALL THE LIGHT THERE WAS (2013). She is currently at work on her fourth novel, which is about an Armenian family in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.

Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, a visual artist, is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina who lives and works in Berlin. Reconstruction of the past and the building of archives are a red thread in her artistic research. Since 2010 she has been the Artistic Director of Houshamadyan, a project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life. She participated in “Armenity,” the Pavilion awarded with the Golden Lion at the 56th Venice Bienniale for the best national participation. Her collective project “Grandchildren, new geographies of belonging” took place at the DEPO Cultural Center in Istanbul in 2015. She has worked with Women Mobilizing Memory since 2014. She is represented by Kalfayan Galleries in Athens.

Nicole Gervasio is the ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow and Festival Programs Manager at PEN America, a nonprofit that works at the intersection of human rights and the literary arts. She received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her dissertation examines how politically conscious novelists from the Global South manipulate national archives to reconstruct histories of collective violence that authoritarian regimes have systematically repressed. Her work has appeared in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Criticism, Modern Language Studies, and, now, Women Mobilizing Memory.

Aylin Tekiner is a New York / Istanbul based visual artist, writer, and activist. She received her PhD in Cultural studies at Ankara University in Turkey in 2008. Her book “Ataturk Statues: Cult, Aesthetics, and Politics” is published in Turkey in 2010. Her artwork is focused on forgotten and unspeakable tragedies, trauma, and tolerance. During her post-doc at Yale University School of Drama in 2015, she wrote and performed an auto biographical play that uses shadow theatre techniques. Aylin has been working on a graphic novel of the play as well. She is a member of Collective Memory Platform, which was formed by the families of 28 victims of the political murders in modern Turkey, and a member of the Research Institute on Turkey.

Location: Room 417, Mathematics Building
Columbia University

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Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability
Columbia University Armenian Center
Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Differences
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research – NAASR Research Institute on Turkey

February 4, 2019
12:00 pm

New Works from Beloved Favorites: Nancy Kricorian, Nuar Alsadir, Bina Sharif, Susan Abulhawa

First Mondays Series at Performance Space New York

Curated by Sarah Schulman

February 4, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Performance Space New York

150 First Avenue, Fourth Floor

New York, NY 10009

RSVP here.

October 18, 2018
7:00 pm

Author Night at the St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church

Hosted by The Women’s Guild

7 p.m.

1131 North Street – White Plains, NY 10605

Meet and greet followed by a presentation of various works.

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Light refreshments will be served

2018 WG Author Night flier – Nancy Kricorian

April 20, 2016
7:00 pm

Extraordinary Redition

A panel on Extraordinary Rendition, an anthology that brings together the work of sixty-five prominent writers to examine America’s culpability in the denial of human rights and dignity to Palestinians in Israel/Palestine and beyond. The event will include a panel of several of the contributors to the anthology.

Book Culture

536 W 112th St (Between Amsterdam & Broadway)


Full event information here.

January 12, 2016
6:30 pm

Tenement Talks

A conversation about The Hundred-Year Walk, a new book by Dawn Anahid MacKeen, award-winning investigative journalist. New Yorker staff writer Raffi Khatchadourian joins Dawn in conversation and Nancy Kricorian, author of All the Light There Was, introduces the evening.

The Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street (at the corner of Delancey)

Doors open at 6pm & seating is first-come, first-served.

Full information here.

December 4, 2015
7:00 pm

Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine


Writers Sinan Antoon, Nathalie Handal, Lawrence Joseph, Nancy Kricorian, Rickey Laurentiis, Jason Schneiderman, Tom Sleigh, and Tiphanie Yanique will come together for the book launch of the new anthology Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine with editor Ru Freeman.

The Center for Fiction

17 E. 47th Street, NYC

RSVP here.

November 9, 2015
6:00 pm

Art and Memory: Looking Backward and Moving Forward on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide


Panel discussion with Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Diana Markosian and Nancy Kricorian, moderated by Hrag Vartanian

Cantor Center

36 E 8th Street, NYC, Theater 101

New York University

Full information here.

October 10, 2015
9:30 am

Detroit Book and Author Festival


Presented by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Greater Detroit, in partnership with the Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan

University of Michigan, Kochoff Hall, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan

Day-long panel of Armenian American authors, including: Chris Bohjalian (Sandcastle Girls); Nancy Kricorian (All the Light There Was); Aline Ohanesian (Orhan’s Inheritance); Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy (Sacred Justice); Scout Tufankjian (There is Only the Earth); and Matthew Karanian (Historic Armenia After 100 Years). Also appearing: Christopher Atamian and Robert George Koolakian.

The event concludes on Saturday evening with a gala banquet at the Pine Lake Country Club, 3300 Pine Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. This is ticketed event ($60 donation). Dinner reservation required.

May 6, 2015
7:30 pm

Armenian Genocide: A Dark Paradigm

The Pen Festival of World Voices Presents

Armenian Genocide: A Dark Paradigm

featuring Peter Balakian, Eric Bogosian, Maureen Freely, Nancy Kricorian, Robert Jay Lifton, Ronald Suny, and Ragip Zarakolu

at SVA Theater – Silas Theater
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Tickets may be purchased from Ovation Tix

November 16, 2014
1:00 pm

Saint James Women’s Guild Presents Nancy Kricorian




Talk, Book Signing, Light Lunch

Saint James Armenian Church Hall

834 Pepper Avenue, Richmond, VA

November 7, 2014
7:00 pm

Slideshow, reading and signing


The Harvard Coop Bookstore

1400 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02238

(617) 499-2000

October 17, 2014
11:00 am

Free Coffee and Books with She Writes Press Authors


Keurig Pop-up Store

915 Broadway

New York City

October 11, 2014
5:00 pm

Researching World War II Paris for An Historical Novel

Roeliff Jansen Community Library

9091 Route 22

Hillsdale, New York

(518) 325-4101

November 7, 2013
6:30 pm

BEIRUT NOW Urban Planning Panel

Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street

New York City
(212) 817-7571

October 5, 2013
7:00 pm

“Inheriting the Light”: In conversation with Diana Der Hovanessian and Nancy Kricorian

Armenian Library and Museum of America

65 Main Street

Watertown, Massachusetts


October 3, 2013
7:00 pm

Robbins Library

Robbins Library Community Room

700 Massachusetts Avenue

Arlington, Massachusetts


September 20, 2013
8:00 pm

Saint Thomas Armenian Church

174 Essex Drive

Tenafly, New Jersey


June 26, 2013
7:30 pm

AGBU Toronto

Alex Manoogian Cultural Center

930 Progress Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M1G 3T5





May 15, 2013
7:30 pm

American Library in Paris

10, rue General Camou

75007, Paris

+33 (01) 53 59 12 60

May 1, 2013
8:00 pm

AGBU Montreal

AGBU Montreal Center

Dervishian Hall

805 Manoogian Street

Montreal, Quebec


April 20, 2013
4:00 pm

Spotty Dog Books

440 Warren Street

Hudson, New York 12534


April 9, 2013
7:00 pm

Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard Street

Brookline, Massachusetts

(617) 566-6660

April 7, 2013
2:30 pm

St. James Cultural Center

465 Mount Auburn Street

Watertown, Massachusetts

(617) 923-8860

March 27, 2013
7:00 pm

Armenian General Benvolent Union

55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

(212) 319-6383

March 21, 2013
6:00 pm

Book Passage

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco CA
(415) 835-1020

March 20, 2013
7:00 pm

Glendale Public Library

 222 E. Harvard St.

Glendale, California

(818) 937-7817

March 19, 2013
7:00 pm

Book Soup

8818 West Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, California

(310) 659-3110

March 13, 2013
7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble Upper West Side

 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street

New York, New York

(212) 362-8835

March 11, 2013
6:30 pm

Ethnicity and Literature: Aram Veeser Moderates a Conversation between Nancy Kricorian and Aris Janigian

The CUNY Graduate Center, Room C197

365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

New York City

September 29, 2012

Armenians and Progressive Politics Conference

Panel IV: Emergence of Social Movements, NGOs, and the Rise of a New Identity Politics

Speakers: Lara Aharonian, Mamikon Hovsepian, Larisa Minasyan

Moderator: Nancy Kricorian

Columbia University
Hamilton Hall, Room 717, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue