Dr. Rita Vorperian spoke about the suave Krikor Zohrab (1861-1915), one of the leading intellectuals of his time and the master crafter of the Armenian short story. She described Zohrab as a multi-faceted individual besides being one of the most notable West Armenian writers of the Realist School. He was, she said, at the same time a novelist, a short story writer, a principled journalist, an individual deeply concerned about the fate of the Armenian nation, a well-known lawyer and one of the "indispensable" members of the Ottoman Parliament. His speeches in the Parliament attest to his great skill in oratory and diplomacy. His short stories aim at presenting "life as it is."