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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenian independence, which has been an extremely iffy proposition for the last couple thousand years, seems to be more secure than it has been for a long, long time. But when you’ve been pushed around for centuries, you don’t forget it so quick, which is why University of Chicago professor Ronald G. Suny will be talking about the horrors visited on the Armenians upon the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in his lecture, “Nation-Making, Nation-Breaking, and the End of Empire: A New Perspective on the Events of 1915,” at an event—the fourth annual “Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture”—commemorating a battle the Armenians fought against the invading Persians in A.D. 451. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress, James Madison Building’s Mumford Room, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. FREE. (202) 707-5680. (James Lochart)