March 27, 2002 Former Ambassador to Deliver 10th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture
Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public Contact: Levon Avdoyan (202) 707-5680
Michael C. Lemmon, immediate past American ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, will deliver the 10th annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture, titled "Reflections of Armenia's Place in the Region and in the World," on Monday, April 22, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.
Ambassador Lemmon entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1974 after completing graduate studies at the University of Virginia. He has held a variety of positions in the U.S. Department of State and in the diplomatic service; most recently he served as America's third ambassador to Armenia (1998-2001). Prior to that he was the deputy assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs (1995-1998); director for regional affairs in the South Asia Bureau (1992-1995); political counselor in Rabat, Morocco (1989-1992); political-military affairs officer in Islamabad (1984-1987); and officer-in-charge of the Benelux Affairs in the European Bureau of the State Department (1982-1984). At present he is dean of the School of Language Studies of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, which prepares diplomatic and other governmental staff for assignment to missions, embassies and other U.S.-based organizations abroad.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division. It is named after the Armenian holiday that commemorates the battle of Avarayr (A.D. 451), which was waged by Armenian General Vardan Mamikonian and his compatriots against invading Persian troops who were attempting to reimpose Zoroastrianism on the Christian state. As a religious holiday, it celebrates Armenia's triumph over forces of assimilation.