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Editor Tamar Karkazian Layout Barlow Der Mugrdechian Photographer Barlow Der Mugrdechian Staff Writers Denise Altounian Andrew Esguerra Tatevik Hovhannisyan Aleek Karkazian Suren Oganessian Ruzan Orkusyan Emma Shaljyan Marine Vardanyan Advisor Barlow Der Mugrdechian barlowd@csufresno.edu  

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CineCulture Series Features Film “The Son of the Olive Merchant”

L. to R.: Larry Rattner, Matieu Zeitindjioglu, Prof. Mary Husain, and CineCulture Club President Narek Avetisyan.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer Documentary and fairytale, film and animation–the different genres piece together to paint a startling truth of Turkish denial and revisionism regarding the Armenian Genocide. Mathieu Zeitindjioglou’s movie “The Son of the Olive Merchant” was screened as part of the CineCulture film series and class on Friday, April 12, and was co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program. ...

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County Board of Supervisors Pass Resolution Recognizing Karabagh

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Staff Report The Fresno County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution recognizing the independence of Karabagh and also recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Fifth from left is the Consul General of Armenia, Grigor Hovhannissian. Next to him center, is Supervisor Andreas Borgeas, author of the resolution, with students and faculty from Fresno State. Photo: ASP Archive

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Tatevik Hovhannisyan Staff Writer Why do you think recognizing the Armenian Genocide is important? Knarik Kazaryan Junior Major: Biology Recognizing the Genocide is the least the world can do towards the affirmation of such a crime. What would it be like if Turkey had succeeded in the complete extermination of the Armenians? All the great Armenian contributors, famous artists, builders, ...

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“The Armenian in America”

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Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer The words “Wherever we reached, wherever we went, everywhere we left an indelible trace,” by the Armenian poet Paruyr Sevag are proven true by Stepan Partamian, in his latest book The Armenian in America. In the United States, where the Armenian Diaspora consists of more than a million Armenians, the Armenian people have definitely left their ...

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14th Annual Armenian Film Festival Attracts Large Audience

Film director Hayk Hambartsum, center, with students.

Photo: ASP Archive

Suren Oganessian Staff Writer On Friday, March 8, a large audience attended the 14th Annual Armenian Film Festival, considered a favorite by many Armenian Studies Program supporters. Held on the Fresno State campus, the festival showcases little-known independent films produced in Armenia or by Diasporan Armenians. Funding for the Film Festival is provided through the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation. ...

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Dr. Haroutyunian Concludes Lecture Series with “The Theme of Genocide in Cinema”

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Tatevik Hovhannisyan Staff Writer The Armenian community has been learning quite a bit about the effects of translations this spring semester, as Dr. Sona Haroutyunian (University of Venice, Italy), the 10th Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies, has shared her knowledge in a three-part public lecture series on “The Theme of Genocide in Literature, Translation, and Cinema.” Dr. Haroutyunian concluded ...

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ValleyPBS Screens “Orphans of the Genocide”

L. to R.: Host Leslie Davis, flamenco guitarist Vahagni, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, director Bared Maronian, and actor Ken Davitian, joined together for the April 18 Fresno premiereof the documentary film, “Orphans of the Genocide.” The goal was to have the film air nationally on PBS.

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Aleek Karkazian Staff Writer “Knowledge is power”—this idea was the driving force behind the creation of the documentary “Orphans of the Genocide.” Motivated by this powerful concept, ValleyPBS (based in the San Joaquin Valley) screened the film on Thursday, April 18, bringing together the director of the film, Bared Maronian, actor Ken Davitian, and Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Barlow Der ...

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Congratulations Graduating Seniors and Armenian Studies Minors for 2012-2013

Staff Report Rita-Marie Costanian Social Work Minor in Armenian Studies What did you value most from your experiences in the Armenian Studies Program? I valued learning about the history of my culture. Being Armenian has made me who I am today, and I truly enjoyed and appreciated having the opportunity to further my education about my heritage. What was your ...

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Aftandilian Speaks on “Trans-Generational Trauma”

L. to R.: Dr. Sergio La Porta, Kevork Ajamian, Lilit Grigoryan, Emma Shaljyan, Lauren Chardukian, Gregory Aftandilian,Hagop Ohanessian, Tatevik Hovhannisyan, Marine Vardanyan,
and Dr. Sona Haroutyunian.

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Emma Shaljyan Staff Writer Middle East specialist Gregory Aftandilian was a guest of the Armenian Studies Program on Thursday, April 4, when he presented a talk on “Trans-Generational Trauma: The Impact of the Armenian Genocide on the Second Generation.” The focus of Aftandilian’s presentation was on how the Genocide affected the offspring of the Genocide survivors. He became interested in ...

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