Armenian Studies at the USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center

Awareness and Understanding

What does the world know about the Armenian Genocide? Does your neighbor understand the historical events that scattered generations of Armenians worldwide?

An understanding of Armenians and their place in history is critical in learning its lessons. For example, few realize that Adolf Hitler reportedly drew from the Armenian Genocide to justify his maniacal intentions in 1939. Genocide is the greatest scourge of the 20th and 21st centuries; one that can be addressed by giving voice to the silence.

The University of South Florida Libraries have created a central place for study of the Armenian experience within the Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center. Established in 2008, the Center aims to become an internationally recognized institute for the quality of its collections, research, teaching, and community outreach.

To achieve this goal, the Center crosses international boundaries to engage librarians, scholars, educators, students, policy analysts, and activists in a collaborative approach to genocide education as well as mental health treatment. Armenian studies play a prominent role in meeting the Center’s mission.

With your support, the Armenian Studies Initiative will:

  • Build strong and unique collections in English, Armenian, and other languages
  • Teach about Armenian history and culture
  • Position Armenia squarely in the historical and policy debates about genocide and its prevention
  • Engage with the Armenian community, especially in the southeastern U.S.
  • Enhance intercultural dialogue about the shared experiences of the survivors of oppression and attempted annihilation

Please consider making a financial contribution to support this initiative.

Contact USF Libraries Special Collections in order to use these materials in your research.


Renowned Armenian studies scholar Richard Hovannisian‘s keynote address from our symposium, “Rediscovering Armenia: History, Memory, and the Future,” can be viewed online. The symposium took place in October of 2010, made possible with generous support by Chris and Carol Ann Sassouni, David and Nancy Kazarian, Manoug Manougian, the USF Honors College, and the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center.

The Politics of Genocide,” featuring Clark University Professor Taner Açkam, took place in November 2011. Watch the video here.

The Persistent Past,” exploring the Ottoman Empire doctrine and machinations of Armenian and other mass killings and forced deportations during the genocide, took place in April 2012. Video is available online.

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