Thursday, March 6, 2008

CSULB Professors Challenge Armenian Genocide Denial [Cal State Long Beach]

Patricia Cleary and Sharon Sievers, Daily 49er, February 20, 2008

In a recent letter to the editor sent to the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) school newspaper, two proffesors of history at the school challenge the denialist notion that the Armenian Genocide is somehow "hotly debated" in academic circles.

Their letter is in response to an article which described a recent panel on the Armenian Genocide at the school as "controversial" and "disputed." The article suggested that the panel was contested by the audience and faculty for not having a voice supporting the Turkish government's denialist position.

The two professors point out in their letter that "Scholars who have done exhaustive research confirm the Armenian genocide" and they explain that material suggesting the Genocide did not occur is "deeply affected by the involvement of the Turkish government, which has vigorously and consistently denied that a genocide - or any government-directed massacres - took place." [more]

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