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1915 Centennial Series: Dana Walrath’s Book Presentation ''Like water on stone'', AUA



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April 16, 2015, 18:00 - April 16, 2015, 20:00

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Dana Walrath is a writer, poet, artist, Fulbright Scholar, and second generation Armenian, is committed to the movement for reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia. She believes an honest reckoning of history, apology and forgiveness is essential for healing and will help bring about peace in the future. She lives in Vermont.
Dana holds Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She is a member of American Anthropological Association, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Society for Medical Anthropology, American Association of University, Women Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She speaks French, Spanish, Armenian, Turkish, Colloquial Arabic.
When author Dana Walrath was a young girl, she asked her mother about her grandmother's childhood in Armenia. The answer had a stark horror to it: -After her parents were killed, she hid during the day and ran at night with Uncle Benny and Aunt Alice from their home in Palu to the orphanage in Aleppo.'
Her book 'Like water on stone' is an intense survival story of three siblings caught up in the horrific events of the Armenian genocide of 1915. There are no Pictures in Like Water on Stone. But it also demonstrates the healing force of narrative. As anthropologists know, children — and adults, for that matter — will confront all manner of horrors when they're presented in a setting that offers a touch of otherworldly magic and the promise of a happy ending. So it is that Like Water on Stone opens like a folktale, with these words spoken by an ardziv (eagle).


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