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Art of the Armenian Churches of Constantinople Theme of Marchese Lecture at Fresno State

L. to R.: Marine Vardanyan, Dr. Ronald Marchese, Vartush Mesropyan, and visiting scholar Konrad Siekierski.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Aleek Karkazian Staff Writer Lively chatter filled the spacious Alice Peters Auditorium in the University Business Center at Fresno State on the evening of January 28th. More than 100 Fresno state students, alumni, and members of the Fresno community, of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds, had gathered to hear Dr. Ronald Marchese’s lecture entitled “Treasures of Faith: Sacred Objects from ...

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Fullbright Scholar Manukyan Presents Research on Genocide

L. to R.: Lauren Chardukian, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Dr. Suren Manukyan, Tatevik Hovhanissyan, Kevork Ajamian, and Alek Khatchigian after the February 13 lecture.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Denise Altounian Staff Writer 1.5 million. For every Armenian this number brings one thing to mind, the 1.5 million victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. We may have memorized the number, but when was the last time we took a moment to really think about what that number means. In his lecture, “Perpetrators, Bystanders and Rescuers vs. Victims, Survivors and ...

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La Porta Gives Lecture on Armenian Genocide at Sonoma State University

Dr. Sergio La Porta

Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report On February 12, 2013, Dr. Sergio La Porta returned to Sonoma State University to deliver a lecture as part of the 30th Annual Holocaust Lecture Series, organized by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide of SSU and the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide. Dr. La Porta has lectured in the ...

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Gladys Ashjian Bequest of $50,000 to Benefit ASP

Gladys Ashjian

Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that Gladys Z. Ashjian has made a generous bequest of $50,000 to the Armenian Studies Program to establish the Gladys Z. Ashjian Endowment for Armenian Studies. Ashjian was a 1930 graduate of Fresno State and the proceeds of her endowment will be used to promote Armenian Studies at Fresno ...

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Armenian Studies Program Unveils New Website

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Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer Did you know that the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program has its own website? An important component of the College of Arts and Humanities, the Armenian Studies Program (ASP) brings education, cultural enlightenment, and unity to the students of Fresno State and to the Armenian community. Along with participating in the ASP sponsored events and activities, ...

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Dr. Haroutyunian Speaks on “Armenian Genocide in Literature”

L. to R: Marine Vardanyan, Narek Frangulyan, Alek Khatchigian, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Sona Haroutyunian, Hagop Ohanessian, Dr. Sergio La Porta, and Lauren Chardukian.

Photo: Artashes Frangulyan

Tamar Karkazian Editor Starting in January of this year, students in the Armenian Studies Program have had the opportunity to take a class from Dr. Sona Haroutyunian (Professor of Armenian Studies, University of Venice). But on February 25, the opportunity was expanded to the wider community, as Dr. Haroutyunian, the 10th Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies, presented a lecture ...

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“Armenian Jerusalem: Past and Present” Symposium Held at Fresno State February 8

Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Bedross Der Matossian (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dr. Sergio La Porta, and Dr. Tamar Boyadjian (UCLA).

Photo: Arpi Siyahian

Suren Oganessian Staff Writer The city of Jerusalem has captured the imagination of followers of three of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and its has been the focal point of pilgrimages for almost two millennia. But often overlooked is Jerusalem’s Armenian community, which from the 5th century to the present has contributed much to its history and ...

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Armenian Students Organization Holds Many Activities in Semester

ASO members enjoyed coming together for a Christmas party on December 21

Photo: ASP Archive

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer What better way to celebrate the end of an exciting aFall semester then with great food, lively music, excellent company, and a chance to dance into the night! On Friday, December 21, 2012, ASO members and the Armenian community rejoiced and welcomed the holiday season with music, dance, and laughter at the ASO Christmas Party. “It ...

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