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Students Enjoy Varied Armenian Studies Classes

Prof. La Porta, left, with Armenian 148 students.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Denise Altounian Andrew Esguerra Tatevik Hovhannisyan Marine Vardanyan Staff Writers The Armenian Studies Program is often highlighted for its achievement in the community, for the scholarships it offers, and for its recognized professors. However, the classes offered are at the core of the Program. These classes connect students to the rich and vast history of the Armenian people, whether through ...

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Congratulations December 2012 Armenian Studies Graduates

Staff Report Arev Chakhlasyan Mass Communication & Journalism, Advertising What or whom encouraged you to take an Armenian Studies course? I wanted to learn how to properly read and write in Armenian. Although I can speak and understand it fairly well, I had always wanted to learn it in its entirety. The Armenian Studies course allowed me to do that. ...

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Author Ajemian Ahnert Presents Book- “The Knock at the Door”

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert

Photo: Erica Magarian

Tatevik Hovhannisyan Staff Writer Author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert visited Fresno State on Thursday, November 1, to share her inspiration and insight on her book The Knock At The Door: A Mother’s Survival of the Armenian Genocide, in a lecture sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and cosponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Greater Fresno chapter. Ahnert, a talented writer, ...

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Kazan Visiting Scholar Siekierski at Fresno State

Konrad Siekierski

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Emma Shaljyan Staff Writer How did a graduate student from Poland find himself in Fresno doing research in Armenian Studies? As an undergraduate student Konrad Siekierski visited Turkey in 2001 and he was so impressed by the remnants of the Armenian cultural heritage he saw, including the ruins of Ani, the city of Van, and the monastery of Akhtamar, that ...

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Der Mugrdechian Speaks on Historic Armenia

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian in front of the 11th c. Cathedral of Ani, in the former Bagratid capital of Ani.

Photo: Harry Tavitian

Denise Altounian Staff Writer The area that today comprises Eastern Turkey, holds both enduring and painful memories for Armenians. Many grew up listening to stories their grandparents and great-grandparents told about their lives in places such as Erzerum, Van, Kharpert and many other Armenian inhabited cities and towns within the Ottoman Empire. Unfortunately, the Genocide of 1915 brought a sudden ...

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Bardakjian Gives Keynote Speech at Opening of “500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing” Exhibit

Dr. Kevork Bardakjian at Fresno State talk.

Photo: Nabil Sakib

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer As with many cultures that have a language largely unique to their ancestors, the Armenian alphabet and language helped create a unified cultural identity for the Armenian people and is often cited as a definitive factor in the formation of Armenian identity. Dr. Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian Language and Literature, at the ...

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Leon S. Peters Foundation Gift of $30,000 to ASP

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Leon S. Peters Foundation has made a generous donation of $30,000 to the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State. The gift will be used for a variety of activities, including scholarships, outreach activities, an Armenia summer study trip, and general support for the Program. Leon S. Peters ...

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Kooyumjian Foundation Grants $35,500 to ASP

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation has made a generous donation of $35,500 to the Armenian Studies Program and the Center for Armenian Studies. The gift will be used for a variety of activities, including outreach activities, special conferences, and scholarships. This is the fourth year of support ...

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Sona Haroutyunian- 10th Kazan Visiting Professor

Sona Haroutyunian

Photo: ASP Archives

Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer One of the interesting aspects of Fresno State’s Armenian Studies Program includes the annual selection of a distinguished professor to visit and offer an Armenian Studies course related to modern Armenian history, including the Genocide of 1915, and the formation of the Armenian Republic. Students have the opportunity to take such a course and to gain ...

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Armenian Students Organization Continues Active Semester

ASO members gathered for a bowling night at the USU.

Photo: ASP Archives

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer As the fall semester comes to an end, the leaves have turned a beautiful array of warm red colors, the air is fresh with the smell of autumn, and professors continue to find joy in assigning countless term papers, giving quizzes and tests. Despite the chaos that ensues in the second half of the fall semester, ...

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