Virginia Apelian To Speak College Alumni Association Authors Series

CRANFORD –Virginia Apelian, a 1973 graduate, is the first speaker in the Union County College Alumni Association Authors Series.

On Nov. 20, beginning at 2 p.m., Apelian will speak about her book “Musa Dagh Girl: Daughter of Armenian Genocide Survivors.” The event will be held in the Roy Smith Theater on the college’s Cranford campus. Apelian will recount her arrival in America as a young girl and the culture shock she experienced. She will recount how she dedicated herself to fulfilling her dreams and eventually does so through hard work, loving parents, and her faith in God.

Apelian’s story tells of deportation, refugee camps, and the historical background of the Armenians. She recounts the First Genocide of the 20th century, the one waged by the Ottoman Turkish Empire against the Armenians that began in 1915 and continues to impact foreign relations policies today.

In addition to her degree from Union County College, Apelian holds a degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University. She served as the first woman Council President of the Township of Clark in 1982.

The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. Admission and parking for this event is free and all are invited to attend. For more information about Union County College, visit

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