Special Offsite Event - Davis Human Rights Lecture Series - 'The Missing Pages' Lecture with Heghnar Watenpaugh

The Avid Reader is pleased to be working with UC Davis Human Rights Studies, UC Davis Languages & Literatures, UC Davis Art History Program, and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis to present the latest in the Davis Human Rights Lecture Series featuring The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice with author Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh.

In 2010, the world’s wealthiest art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum, found itself confronted by a century-old genocide. The Armenian Church was suing for the return of eight pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a medieval religious manuscript that had been cleaved in two during the Armenian Genocide. Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh (UC Davis, Art History) has written the biography of this manuscript through seven centuries, from a medieval scriptorium to a Los Angeles courtroom. At once a story of genocide and survival, of unimaginable loss and resilience, her book captures the human costs of war and persuasively makes the case for a human right to art.

The event will be held at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, 254 Old Davis Road, Davis, CA 95616; on April 25th from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.


More about this title:


"In The Missing Pages, Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh tells the gripping story of the Zeytun Gospels, a 'survivor object' that bears the traces of centuries of Armenian history and culture. Moving across eras and national borders, Watenpaugh's powerful narrative offers a unique perspective on the fate of cultural heritage in the face of genocide and denial. An essential book for all who are concerned with art, human rights, and post-traumatic resilience."

--Michael Rothberg "author of Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization "



The Missing Pages is a well-told tale of the history of the Armenian people. Heghnar Watenpaugh takes us on a wondrous and terrifically engrossing journey of this sacred religious object and priceless work of art."

--Michael Bazyler "author of Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts "


"In this compelling and original work, Heghnar Watenpaugh traces the dramatic and epic journey of a sacred work of art. The Missing Pages brings together an understanding of the deeper layers of culture and history with the ethical issues surrounding art, identity, and ownership."--Peter Balakian "author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response "


"In the fracturing of the Zeytun Gospels, Heghnar Watenpaugh captures the everlasting violence of genocide as it shears and slices into human lives across time and place. Written with both erudition and passion, The Missing Pages is a labor of love and a must-read for anyone concerned with the human right to art."

--Fatma Müge Göçek "author of Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009 "


"Heghnar Watenpaugh writes with colorful prose and deep historical texture. The Missing Pages adds much to how we understand the written word in medieval Armenia, as well as the tragic events surrounding the Genocide itself."

--Eric Bogosian "author of Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide "


"Heghnar Watenpaugh is a superb scholar and rare sleuth. But what makes The Missing Pages truly remarkable is her gift of storytelling. This is a book with the soul of language--moving, affirming, illuminating."

--Mark Arax "author of The Dreamt Land: Chasing Dust and Water Across California "



More on this author:

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She is the award-winning author of The Image of an Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo (2004). Her writing has also appeared in the Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times.


Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Manetti Shrem Museum
254 Old Davis Rd
Davis, CA 95616
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ISBN: 9780804790444
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Published: Stanford University Press - February 12th, 2019