Panel I:  Culture

Colgate University

Peter Balakian is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Colgate University and was the first Director of Colgate’s Center for Ethics and World Societies.  He received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1980.  

Dr. Balakian is the author of many books including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, which won the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times best seller. His memoir, Black Dog of Fate won the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for the Art of the Memoir and was a best book of the year for the New York Times, the LA Times, and Publisher’s Weekly.  He is co-translator of Girgoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide 1915-1918. His books of poems include June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000 and Ziggurat, forthcoming in 2010.

Dr. Balakian is the recipient of many awards and prizes and civic citations including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Anahid Literary Prize. He has appeared widely on national television and radio and foreign editions of his work have appeared in Armenian, Bulgarian, French, Dutch, Greek, German, Italian, and Turkish.