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3T Event: The Asia Minor Catastrophe - the crime and the courage | Associate Professor Con Aroney | UQ Alumni

Tuesday, 20 September 2022




The University of Queensland, St Lucia

Join us at The Women's College as UQ alum Associate Professor Con Aroney AM shares his historical knowledge of the Asia Minor Catastrophe. The event begins with morning tea, and concludes with an optional lunch (additional cost).

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the catastrophic events which changed the face of modern Greece forever, the Greco-Turkish War. Associate Professor Con Aroney, AM’s talk, ‘The Asia Minor Catastrophe – the Crime and the Courage’, will describe the history of Greeks in Asia Minor from ancient times and the political events leading up to the destruction of Smyrna in 1922.

The talk will frame the events of the catastrophe through the eyes of his grandparents and great-grandparents from the Caris and Girdis families who suffered and passed away in the conflagration.

Meet the Presenter: Associate Professor Con Aroney

Associate Professor Con Aroney, AM (MBBS 1979, MD 1991), is an interventional cardiologist, specializing in structural interventions. In 1987, he received a scholarship to Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, where he worked as a clinical and research fellow and completed research for a doctorate of medicine.

He is the previous principal author of the National Guidelines for the Management of Heart Attack and National Chairman of the Clinical Issues of the Heart Foundation. He was named Queensland Whistleblower of the Year in 2005 for revelations about inadequate cardiac services in the Prince Charles Hospital, where he was Director of the Coronary Care Unit.

Associate Professor Aroney also published a historical novel on the Asia Minor Catastrophe – Flames on the Water, Tears in the Sea.

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