Treasured Objects: a Lecture with Susan Pattie

MAY 07, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




May 07, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM







What things do people keep, hoping to pass them on to the next generations?

What stories could these objects tell, if they only had a voice?

This illustrated lecture explores the rich oral history narratives inspired by ordinary objects, the treasures of everyday life. Objects evoke memories, create an interest in exploring history and provide symbolic and powerful connections with others in the past and present. Using examples from a recent exhibition in London of Armenian life during Ottoman times, Dr. Pattie will show how even after the Genocide, objects remain within homes that reveal intimate details of past lives as well as the journeys taken to arrive in their present location.

Dr. Susan Pattie is a cultural anthropologist and author of articles and books on the Armenian diaspora, including Faith in history: Armenians Rebuilding Community. A cofounder and former director of the Armenian Institute in London, she is currently director of the Armenian Library and Museum of America, and a senior research fellow at University College London. Her recent book, Treasured Objects:  Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire, coauthored with colleagues at the Armenian Institute in London, will be available for purchase.

This interactive lecture will be followed up by a workshop in the fall in which participants are asked to bring their own “treasured objects” to be observed and studied so that the history and importance of their antiques may be examined. We ask that any individuals from the audience interested in such a workshop look for announcements in the fall of 2013.