Academic Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe
The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago with the support of the Federation of Greek American Organizations “ENOSIS”, the Hellenic Link-Midwest and the Pontian Greek Federation of US and Canada invite you to attend an all day conference to be held at the Westin Hotel, 6100 River Road, Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday, November 7, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
This conference entitled “Academic Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe” will focus on the Hellenic experience in Asia Minor, Pontus and Eastern Thrace during the early part of the 20th century and the events that followed the "Megali Catastrophe”. Several scholars are scheduled to present original papers on these events, which our organization has been granted permission to publish (please see attached program for a list of scholars and the titles of their presentations).
Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe
Hosted by The Pontian Greek Society of Chicago
This event is a follow-up to the May 2008 conference titled “The Catastrophe in Asia Minor and Pontus” where the following important issues were addressed:
Over the last few years, our organization has worked on identifying, collecting, and reprinting historically significant books, which we hope to make available to scholars in a central location.
The upcoming paper presentations will allow us to publish material that is needed in the academic world. We believe it is not only humanity’s moral duty to remember the expulsions, massacres, and genocides that have marred history, but to promote awareness of such terrible events to prevent their future reoccurrence. Unfortunately, English-language documentation of the tragedy of Hellenism in Asia Minor and Pontus is rather scant and limited to old, fragile books that are falling apart in our nation’s libraries. Only through new, historically valuable works will we be able to inform our fellow citizens about the Greek genocide, and combat those who would deny the veracity of these documents for their own politically expedient reasons.
The ancient Hellenic civilization that arose in Asia Minor and Pontus contributed to the enrichment of human knowledge in fields ranging from philosophy, history and poetry to astronomy and mathematics - to this day, the world continues to benefit from these achievements, and we strongly believe it is the duty of every Greek and philhellene to preserve this rich cultural legacy while remembering and understanding the reasons behind its destruction in its ancestral homelands.
We sincerely hope that you will join us in making this event a success. Enclosed is the program with further details along with a registration form.
We kindly ask that you consider contributing to help underwrite the conference. All sponsors will be recognized in the Conference Program Book. Please complete the appropriate portion of the Registration Form and return it with your check made payable to Pontian Greek Society of Chicago, P.O. Box 6127 Bloomingdale IL., 60108-6127 in the enclosed return envelope.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.