Koutoujian to Speak at Tufts Genocide Commemoration

MEDFORD, Mass. — Tufts University, the Darakjian-Jafarian Chair in Armenian History, the Department of History, the Armenian Club at Tufts University and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research will sponsor the annual Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide at Tufts on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  The Tufts event will feature a lecture by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.  The evening will be hosted by Ina Baghdiantz McCabe, Professor of History and Darakjian-Jafarian Chair of Armenian History at Tufts University.

The commemoration and lecture will take place in Goddard Chapel on Tufts’ Medford, campus. A reception will follow in the Coolidge Room in nearby Ballou Hall.

Koutoujian is the current sheriff of Middlesex County.  First appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick and then elected in 2012, Koutoujian has focused his efforts on further professionalizing the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, while providing additional resources for those in his custody in an effort to address their criminal behavior.  Prior to his tenure as sheriff, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he chaired the Committees on Healthcare, Public Health and Financial Services.