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April 18, 2003

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. To Deliver 11th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture at the Library of Congress

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), will deliver the 11th annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture, titled "The U.S. Congress and Armenia Today," at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Elected to Congress in 1988, Pallone holds a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. During his tenure in Congress, he has worked for a post-Cold War U.S. foreign policy that places a high priority on forging ties with countries working to establish democracy, civil liberties, free markets and the rule of law. He is the founder and current co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. The mission of the group, which numbers more than 125 members, is to brief members of Congress and their staff about a wide range of diplomatic, security and economic issues affecting the Armenian community.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Library's 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 Gen. 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.

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PR 03-076
04/18/03
ISSN 0731-3527

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