The lecture by the producer of "Ararat" will be webcast live




Ann Arbor, Mich. March 15, 2012. The Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has announced that internationally renowned writer, director and filmmaker Atom Egoyan will deliver the 2012 "Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Distinguished Annual Lecture" on campus on March 19, 2012.


With fourteen films and related projects to his credit, Atom Egoyan has won numerous internationally recognized awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, two Academy award nominations, eight Genie Awards as well as major awards at film festivals in Hamburg, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Reykjavik, Las Palmas, Hong Kong, Cairo and Athens.


In 2010 Egoyan had a retrospective of his films at the Filmoteca Espagnol in Madrid, following similar events in previous years in Paris and New York.


In this lecture titled "Ararat-Ten years After," Atom Egoyan will revisit the making and trajectory of his 2002 film "Ararat," which offers a special and unique insight into the Genocide of the Armenians by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.


Egoyan's lecture is open to the public and will take place at 7:00 PM (Eastern US time zone), Monday, March 19 at the Forum Hall (fourth floor) of the Palmer Commons building on the campus of the University of Michigan. The lecture will be videotaped and made available on the website of the Armenian Studies Program ( It will also be webcast live at .


The "Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Distinguished Annual Lecture" was established by the family of the late Dr. Berj H. Haidostian, a prominent and devoted physician, in honor of his long relationship with the University of Michigan and the Armenian Studies Program. Recent Haidostian Distinguished Lecturers have included Dr. Gerard Chaliand of Paris, Dr. Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution, Mr. Thomas de Waal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Dr. Vartan Gregorian of the Carnegie Foundation, Armenia's Ambassador to the US Arman Kirakosian, and the US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans.