Taner Akcam’s groundbreaking new book, Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide, destroys the Turkish government’s denial strategy. Akçam includes a recently discovered document — a "smoking gun" — that points to the Ottoman government’s central role in planning the elimination of its Armenian population. He successfully demonstrates that the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha, which the Turkish government has long discredited, are authentic. Akçam calls the discovery, which he found in a private archive, ‘an earthquake in the field of genocide studies.’
Taner Akçam holds the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. An internationally recognized human rights activist, Akçam was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide. He has lectured widely and published numerous articles and books, translated into many languages. His 2012 book, The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and one of ForeignAffairs.com’s “Best Books on the Middle East.” His many awards include the Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide Organization which he will receive in May, 2018.
Professor Akçam will also speak on Saturday, 24 March 2018.
Venues for both talks and further details to be confirmed.