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“Ararat Market” Deli Opens in Clovis, California

Owners Ara and Heghine Aydinyan at the "Ararat Market" in Clovis & Herndon.
Photo: Vartush Mesropyan

SUREN OGANESSIAN – Staff Writer Fresno is famous in the American Diaspora for its Armenian cuisine, with plenty of restaurants and delis to choose from. But it has always been harder to find a good Armenian deli in neighboring Clovis; that is until recently, when on October 2, 2013, the “Ararat Market” opened. Located in a shopping center at the ...

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Armenian Art of the Crimea/Romania Discussed

L. to R: Tatevik Hovhannisyan, Vachagan Vardanyan, Prof. Levon Chookaszian, Marine Vardanyan, and Ovsanna Simonyan at the February 12 lecture.
Photo: Vartush Mesropyan.

TATEVIK HOVHANNISYAN – Staff Writer An important facet of the history of the Armenians includes their fascinating activities in the Diaspora. To be able to prosper, invent, and progress outside the boundaries of ones nation shows the true diligence of the Armenian people. The work of Armenian artists from the Crimea and Romania was the focus of a lecture on ...

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Dr. Arslanian Explores How British Promises to the Armenians After World War I Were Unfulfilled


SUREN OGANESSIAN – Staff Writer For much of its history, Armenia has been a pawn or a bargaining chip for larger empires, and during the First World War, one of the most tumultuous times in Armenian history, the Armenians, as well as other peoples in the Middle East, naturally came to be used by the Allies, specifically Great Britain, for ...

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Armenian Studies Program Book/Video/CD Archival Gifts

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Prof. Sergio La Porta, and the Armenian Studies Program would like to thank the donors, authors, and publishers for the following books, periodicals, videos, and archival gifts, either offered personally, or to the Program. Vrej-Armen Artinian, St-Laurent, Québec, Canada, for a copy of his new book Im Oughebadoumuh (My Travelogue/Mémories) (Montreal, 2013), 317pp., in Armenian. Dr. ...

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Armenians on the Internet


TATEVIK HOVHANNISYAN – Staff Writer The Armenian Church Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Main Categories: The Armenian Church Today, Catholicos of All Armenians, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, “Etchmiadzin Monthly,” Origins of Christianity, Education, Just for Youth, Services, Video Gallery, Feature Video and Feature Story. Do you ever have questions about the Armenian Apostolic Church? Do you want to be ...

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Marchese Discusses New Research on Armenian Religious Textile and Metal Art of Constantinople

Dr. Ron Marchese

EMMA SHALJYAN – Staff Writer The Armenian community of Constantinople at the turn of the twentieth century was estimated to be over 200,000, and together with the Greeks, they constituted a majority of the population of the city. The Armenian Studies Program invited Dr. Ronald Marchese, Professor of Ancient History and Archeology, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, as a guest ...

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Armenian Cross-Cultural Ties Subject of New Book by La Porta


ANDREW ESGUERRA – Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program of Fresno State is pleased to announce the publication of a volume entitled, Negotiating Co-Existence. Communities, Cultures and Convivencia in Byzantine Society, co-edited by Haig and Isabel Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies, Dr. Sergio La Porta. The volume is the result of a conference convened in 2010 by Dr. Barbara Crostini ...

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Armenians in Middle East Focus of Presentation


DENISE ALTOUNIAN – Staff Writer The Armenian people have a long and storied history in the Middle East. Armenians have left a legacy of success and hard work in countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Egypt. Dating back to their first interactions with Arab Muslims in the 7th century, Armenians have had almost constant contact with the Middle East ...

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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 for 2014. This continues the tradition of the Peters Foundation in supporting the Armenian Studies Program Annual Lecture Series, as well as a variety of other activities, including ...

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Prof. Dickran Kouymjian Honored Twice in Paris

His Excellency, Bako Sahakyan, President of the Republic of Karabagh (right), a member of the Friends of Karabagh (center), and Professor Kouymjian at the presentation of the Medal of Gratitude in Paris, October 12, 2013.  Photo: ASP Archive.

STAFF REPORT Last spring Prof. Dickran Kouymjian, Haig & Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies, Emeritus, was informed that the Scientific Council of the Academy of the Ambrosiana Library of Milan had nominated him to become a member. On November 11, 2013, at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Dr. Kouymjian was officially confirmed a member of the Academy by the President, Archbishop ...

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