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Haig Bosmajian

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Haig Aram Bosmajian (March 26, 1928- June 17, 2014) was an author, lecturer, and professor, who received the 1983 Orwell Award for his book The Language of Oppression (1974).[1][2] Haig Bosmajian received a PhD in 1960 from Stanford University. His work has explored rhetoric and the freedom of speech.[2] Bosmajian was professor emeritus at the University of Washington,[3] in the Speech/Communications Department, where he taught since 1965. He was married for 57 years to Hamida Bosmajian, also a published author and a professor at nearby Seattle University.[2][3]

Haig and Hamida Bosmajian wrote the textbook, The Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement (1969), which has been published as a student textbook to analyze strategies of rhetoric. [4]


Selected works by Haig Bosmajian include:

  • Anita Whitney, Louis Brandeis, and the First Amendment[5]
  • Burning Books (March 2006, 233 pages) ISBN 0-7864-2208-4.
  • The Freedom Not to Speak (New York, 1999, 248p.) ISBN 0-8147-1297-5.
  • Metaphor and Reason in Judicial Opinions (July 1992)
  • The Freedom to Publish (New York: Neal-Schuman, 1989, 230p.)
  • The Freedom of Religion (First Amendment in the Classroom) (June 1987)
  • Freedom to Read (April 1987)
  • Censorship, Libraries, and the Law (1983)
  • The Language of Oppression (1974)
  • The Principles and Practice of Freedom of Speech (1971)
  • Dissent, Symbolic Behavior and Rhetorical Strategies
  • Readings in speech (1965)
  • "The Communist Manifesto: Critical Essay"
  • "Lying to the People", Western Journal of Speech Communication, Fall 1991.
  • "Dehumanizing People and Euphemizing War", Christian Century, December 5, 1984.


  1. ^ "Haig Bosmajian Obituary". The Seattle Times. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Haig Bosmajian", Sheftman.com, September 1999, webpage: Sheftman-Basma.
  3. ^ a b "Department of Communication at the Univ. of Washington - News", University of Washington, August 2005, webpage: UW-Bos[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "CCR 751 Richardson & Jackson: African American Rhetoric(s)", Jacqueline Jones Royster, October 2007, webpage: Wordpress-CCR-751.
  5. ^ Bosmajian, Haig A. (2010). Anita Whitney, Louis Brandeis, and the First Amendment. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 150.


  • "Haig Bosmajian", September 1999, Shefman.com, webpage: Sheftman-Basma.

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