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A ZOOM BOOK DISCUSSION
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A ZOOM BOOK DISCUSSION sponsored by
HOLY TRINITY ARMENIAN CHURCH, Adult Christian Education (ACE)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
LEADER: Lucy Aghazarian
SRPUHI DUSSAP (1840-1901), born Vahanian, and her first book Mayda: Echoes of Protest published in 1883, will be the subject of our discussion. Please join us as we explore Dussap’s views on women’s rights in traditional Armenian culture in the 19th century. Mayda was Dussap’s first novel written in Western Armenian vernacular and was followed by two others, establishing her as a leading voice for women’s rights.
Born in Constantinople, Turkey into a wealthy family, and educated in Paris, Dussap was inspired by her mother, an activist in her own right. She became the idol of a new generation of young educated women, as well as a model for subsequent prominent Armenian feminist writers who followed in her footsteps.
Dussap’s controversial ideas for 1883 should provide us a lively evening of reflection on our own lives in 2020.
***The book is available on Amazon and at the Armenian International Women’s Association website at aiwainternational.org.
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