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Fresno State Alumni Find Success

Staff Report Tatevik Ekezian Major in Psychology with a minor in Armenian Studies Graduated in 2004 Writer for Hye Sharzhoom, Vice President of ASO, Host of Hye Oozh Radio Since graduation Ekezian has been very active in the Armenian community, especially in the music scene. After eight years of hosting Hye Oozh, she became the main host for the program. ...

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Review – Haik Solar and Arni Rock Bring Synth Pop to Armenia

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Suren Oganessian Staff Writer When listening to Armenian music we usually find that certain elements are used; the same instruments, and similar melodies. But a duo composed of Haik Solar and Arni Rock, two musicians from Armenia, has taken a different approach to music. Absent are the duduk, the kamancha, and other Armenian staples. Instead they have imported the style ...

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ASP Represented at Third Genocide Conference

Front, l. to r.: Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Elizabeth Landin, Dr. Sergio La Porta, and Ara Oshagan.

Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report The Third International Conference on Genocide was held on Friday, November 4, on the campus of Sacramento State University. A panel on the Armenian Genocide was organized and chaired by Dr. Sergio La Porta, Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State, and included five papers on various aspects of the Armenian Genocide by scholars including Fresno State’s ...

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Review – “The Fatal Night”

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Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer The Fatal Night: An Eyewitness Account of the Extermination of Armenia Intellectuals in 1915. Studio City, CA: H. and K. Manjikian Publishers, 2007. 67pp. Volume 2 of the Armenia Genocide Library Book Series. Mikayel Shamtanchian vividly captures the events of April 1915 and the succeeding years with a poignant, tragic, and at times even a sarcastic ...

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Dr. La Porta at 30th Anniversary Conference of AIEA

Staff Report From October 6-8, 2011, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies, attended the 30th anniversary meeting of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes (AIEA), which convened at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. The congress, which is held once every three years, is the largest such gathering devoted to Armenian Studies and ...

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Dr. Aslanian Discusses New Julfan Trade Network

Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Sebouh Aslanian, and Dr. Sergio La Porta, after the lecture.

Photo: Erica Magarian

Armen Arikian Staff Writer Dr. Sebouh Aslanian, newly appointed Richard Hovannisian Professor of Modern History at UCLA, was invited to speak at Fresno State on “From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa” on Friday, October 21, as part of the Armenian Studies Program Fall Lecture series. Dr. Aslanian came with ...

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His Holiness Aram I Makes Pontifical Visit to Fresno

His Holiness Aram I, second from left, with students of the Keyan Armenian Community School.

Photo: Alain Ekmalian

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer Armenian communities throughout the state of California and the western United States welcomed a special visitor in October of this year. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, made a Pontifical visit to the Armenian community, his first to the United States in nearly 5 years. During his stay in the Central ...

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“Discovering Armenia: A Student and Faculty Perspective” Part of International Education Week

Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer Traveling abroad as a student is an amazing experience; traveling to your homeland, an unbelievable experience. Last summer, fourteen students had the opportunity to do both when they visited the ancient land of Armenia on a two week Armenia Summer Study Trip with Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Director of the Armenian Studies Program. Professor Der Mugrdechian ...

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ASO Brings Armenian Dance and Music to International Culture Night

The ASO participated in its first International Cultural Night on Sunday, November 13.

Photo: Erica Magarian

Tatevik Hovahnnisyan Staff Writer One of the greatest things about being a student at Fresno State is the diversity on campus; there is a wide range of cultures and ethnicities represented on campus. It is the combination of all these spirits that bring the campus to life. One night in particular, “International Cultural Night,” has helped take this sense of ...

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