CHICAGO, Ill.—Former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans, a highly respected Foreign Service officer and international affairs expert, will be the guest speaker at a commemorative event on April 21. The title of his talk is “The Question of Justice.”
Evans served as U.S. ambassador to Armenia from September 2004 to September 2006. In February 2005, while back in the U.S. visiting Armenian American communities, he made the following now-notorious statement: “I will today call it the Armenian Genocide. I think we, the U.S. government, owe you, our fellow citizens, a more frank and honest way of discussing this problem.” As a result of his integrity and courage to speak out on the Armenian Genocide, Evans was recalled from his position as ambassador to Armenia in May 2006 and subsequently “retired” from the U.S. Foreign Service after a distinguished career of over 30 years.
The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Armenian All Saints Church and Community Center, 1701 N. Greenwood Rd. in Glenview. It is free and open to the public.