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Armenian Genocide Looted Art and Restitution

  • Heghnar Watenpaugh, Professor of Art and Architectural History at UC Davis.

  • Researchers of the Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research Project.

  • Ann Karagozian, Director of the PAI

  • Participants of the final roundtable on looted art and restitution.

Saturday, February 10, 2024 to Saturday, February 10, 2024
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
The Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium (Fowler Museum)
308 Charles E. Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Click here to watch the full conference.

Click here to read Dr. Taner Akçam's introductory remarks. 

In the summer of 2023, the Armenian Genocide Research Program (AGRP) spearheaded the Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research Project (AGLARP), a multidisciplinary, collaborative research project aimed at (1) fostering research on Armenian art, cultural heritage, and other cultural objects that were looted, destroyed, or transferred in conjunction with the Armenian Genocide by using several disciplinary methods; and (2) engaging in critical thinking and action on the many dimensions of justice, dialogue, restitution, and repair regarding the losses of Armenian culture arising from the Armenian Genocide. The project is a follow-up to the AGRP’s March 2023 conference at UCLA, What's Next?: Armenian Genocide Restitution in the Post-Recognition Era.

The AGLARP leadership team is in the process of planning the project’s second phase and will shed light on recent and upcoming efforts during a conference at UCLA on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific Time). This exciting and critical event will consist of a documentary screening about the March conference, discussions of the AGLARP’s summer research findings, and a roundtable on how this conversation applies to past and current events, as well as what lies next for the AGLARP.


09:30 - 10:00

Registration + Coffee

10:00 - 10:10

Welcoming Remarks
Ann KaragozianProfessor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA and Director of The Promise Armenian Institute (PAI)
Marc A. MamigonianDirector of Academic Affairs, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

10:10 - 10:20

Introduction of Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research Project (AGLARP)
Taner AkçamDirector of the Armenian Genocide Research Program

10:20 - 11:20

AGLA Documentary Screening (In-Person Audience Only)

Filmmaker: Carla Garapedian

11:20 - 11: 25

Remarks by Gassia ArmenianCuratorial and Research Associate at The Fowler Museum

11:25 - 12:30

Lunch Break
Lunch will be served.

12:30 - 01:05

Message from Ambassador Stuart EizenstatSpecial Representative of the Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues

01:05 - 01:30

Reflective Remarks from E. Randol SchoenbergWorld-renowned Lawyer & Genealogist, Specializing in Legal Cases Related to the Recovery of Looted or Stolen Artworks

01:30 - 01:55

Reflective Remarks from Lauren FielderAssistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Director of the Institute for Transnational Law

01:55 - 02:20

AGLARP Final Report Presentation

Michael Bazyler, Professor of Law, 1939 Society Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Chapman University
Heghnar Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Art History at University of California, Davis

02:20 - 02:40

AGLARP Research Presentations
Moderator: Serena Pelenghian
Researchers: Dickran Khodanian
Gregory Mikhanjian
Ani Parnagian
Angelina Sophonpanich

02:40 - 03:00

Taner Akçam
Michael Bazyler
Dickran Khodanian
Gregory Mikhanjian
Ani Parnagian
Angie Sophonpanich
Heghnar Watenpaugh
Lauren Fielder

03:00 - 03:15

Coffee Break

03:15 - 03:40

Remarks from Simon Maghakyan,Visiting scholar at Tufts University; Ph.D. student in Heritage Crime at Cranfield University

03:40 - 05:00

“What’s Next” Roundtable + Q&A
Moderator: Marc A. Mamigonian
Taner Akçam
Michael Bazyler
Heather Ferguson, Associate Professor of Ottoman and Middle Eastern History, Claremont McKenna College
Lauren Fielder
Hannah Garry, Professor from Practice and the Executive Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA School of Law
Armen Hovannisian, Board Member and Former Chairman of the Armenian Bar Association
Simon Maghakyan
Justin St. P. Walsh, Professor of Art History, Archaeology, and Space Studies, Chapman University
Heghnar Watenpaugh

Visitor self-service, Pay-By-Plate parking available at UCLA Parking Structure 4.

  • Enter UCLA campus Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza and turn left into the Pay-By-Plate area of the lot.
  • Automated pay stations in Pay-By-Plate accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards.
The parking fee is a maximum of $14 for the whole day.
  • The Fowler is visible to your left when you ascend from the elevator or stairs.

Please note: This event will be photographed and recorded for documentation and distribution. All audience members agree to the possibility of appearing in these photographs and recordings by virtue of attending the event or participating in the event.

Sponsor(s): The Fowler Museum at UCLA, The National Association for Armenian Studies and ResearchThe Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law, The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College, Institute for Transnational Law at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law