The Eleventh Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture Program
Event Date: May 20,2003
African and Middle Eastern Division sponsored the Eleventh
Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture on May 20, 2003, at the
Library of Congress.
The program is named for the Armenian holiday that commemorates
the battle of Avarayr which was waged in A.D. 451 by 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 various forces of assimilation.
Levon Avdoyan, Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist
“Welcoming remarks from James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress”
“Armeniaca and the Library of Congress: 2002-2003"
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.,Democrat, 6th District,
New Jersey Founder and present co-chair of the Congressional
Caucus on Armenian Issues “The U.S. Congress and Armenia Today”
African and Middle Eastern Division