Life in Istanbul:Family’s Odyssey a talk by Alice Ketabgian

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 on 2:50 pm

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Ararat-Eskijian Museum—Sheen Chapel
15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA

Alice Ketabgian will present her recent book depicting her life’s experiences while growing up in Istanbul as the child of survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. She describes the later stages of the Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government against its minorities, while living in constant fear for their lives as Christians in a Muslim world. The book is partly a story of resilience while attempting to find a way of getting out of a suffocating environment, as well as a story of the past events of survival that her ancestors experienced. Eventual relocation to the United States to continue her education comes with its own unique encounters, both in school and life itself, which adds to the immigrant’s narrative.

Alice Ketabgian received her childhood education from Aramyan Ounchiyan elementary school in Kadiköy, followed by a high school education at Üsküdar Amerikan Kiz Lisesi in Üsküdar. She received an M.S. in Human Physiology from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1968 and later became a registered dietitian. After working as a clinical dietitian in her husband Dr. Gregory Ketabgian’s internal medicine office for a number of years, she became the office manager and functioned in that capacity for the following 25 years until their retirement in 2004.

She will be introduced by her daughter, Dr. Tamara Ketabgian, Professor of English Literature at Beloit College, who will also give a short talk on challenges of writing memoirs.