The Tenth Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Program
Event Date: April 22, 2002
This program is named for the Armenian holiday that commemorates the battle of Avarayr
which was waged in A.D. 451 by the Armenian general Vardan Mamikonian and his compatriots
against Persian troops who had been sent by the King of Kings to reimpose Zoroastrianism on the
Christian state. Though chiefly a religious holiday, it celebrates as well Armenia’s retention of its essence
in the face of its millennia-long struggles against forces of assimilation.
Levon Avdoyan, Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist
“Armenia 2001-2003, Area Studies,
September 11, 2001, in the Library of Congress"
Michael C. Lemmon
U.S. Ambassador the Republic of Armenia (1998-2001)
Dean of the School of Language Studies
Foreign Service Institute
“Reflections on Armenia’s Place in the Region and in the World”
African and Middle Eastern Division