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EMMA SHALJYAN – Staff Writer What expectations do you have for the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide? Julia Aghayan Senior Major: Psychology The deaths of over 1.5 million Armenians is unrecognized in many countries around the world today. It is essential to me, for Armenians and non-Armenians alike, to continue disseminating facts of the Genocide, simply so the world ...

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Sarafian Presents New Book by U.S. Diplomat Lewis Einstein – “Inside Constantinople”

Guest Speaker Ara Sarafian, left, with Edward Hagopian. Photo: Vartush Mesropyan

Denise Altounian – Staff Writer Many people are familiar with American Ambassador Henry Morgenthau’s account of the Armenian Genocide in his work Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story (1918). In the years following its publication, it has become one of the primary sources in studying the Genocide of 1915. However it is safe to say many people are not familiar with an equally ...

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New Hye Sharzhoom Website-hyesharzhoom.com

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Staff Report www.hyesharzhoom.com The Armenian Studies Program announces the launching of a new website, hyesharzhoom.com, dedicated to the Hye Sharzhoom newspaper. The new website is the home of Hye Sharzhoom, the newspaper of the Armenian Students Organization and Armenian Studies Program, now in its 35th year of operation. Featured on the website is an archive of the back issues of ...

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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. Armenian Numismatic Society, Pico Rivera, California, for a collection of books related to the study of Armenian coinage. Books by Paul Z. ...

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99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Marked in Solemn Ceremony at Fresno State

ASO Armenian Genocide Commemoration, April 24.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

RUZAN ORKUSYAN – STAFF WRITER The Fresno State Armenian Students Organization (ASO)has blossomed into a thriving Armenian community charac-terized by a fierce love of Armenian culture and an undying passion for bringing justice to the victims and survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. On no day is this clearer than on April 24, the fateful day marking the start of ...

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Armenian Studies Program 26th Annual Banquet

Left to Right: JCAST Dean Charles Boyer, Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro, First Lady Mrs. Mary Castro, Dr. Sergio La Porta, and Dean Vida Samiian of the College of Arts & Humanities.
Photo: Thomas Ramirez-Best Shots Photo Booth.

MARINE VARDANYAN – EDITOR A special moment arises each year for the faculty, students, and supporters of the Armenian Studies Program. It is an occasion that serves as a reunion, a celebration, and a reflection on the successes of the Program. The 26th Annual Armenian Studies Program Banquet took place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Fort Washington Golf ...

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Exhibit on “Armenians of Bitlis” in Madden Library

Left to Right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Ara Sarafian of the Gomidas Institute, and Dr. Sergio La Porta.

DENISE ALTOUNIAN – STAFF WRITER For many Armenians in Fresno, the city of Bitlis, located today in the Republic of Turkey, holds a special place in their hearts. Not only was it the birthplace of the family of noted Fresno native William Saroyan, but also the birthplace to many of the Armenians who settled in Fresno in the years following ...

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Der Mugrdechian Presents Two Lectures in Scottsdale, Arizona

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, left, with Fr. Zacharia Saribekyan of St. Apkar Armenian Church in Scottsdale. Photo: ASP Archive

STAFF REPORT Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program was invited by Scottsdale Community College (Arizona) to speak as part of a program entitled “Genocide Awareness Week: Not on Our Watch,” which was held April 7-11. The “Genocide Awareness Week” was co-sponsored by the St. Apkar Armenian Apostolic Armenian Church of Scottsdale. Der Mugrdechian’s presentation, “The Armenian ...

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Dr. Russell Discusses Work of Poet Kara Darvish

Dr. Sergio La Porta, right, with guest Dr. James Russel, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard. Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

SUREN OGANESSIAN – Staff Writer Armenian literary history is full of gifted poets and storytellers, from Agathangelos and Moses Khorenatsi, to Sayat Nova and Hovhannes Toumanian, but few broke as many rules and experimented with language, as did the early 20th century poet Kara Darvish. On Thursday, March 20, Dr. James R. Russell introduced this obscure but nonetheless important figure ...

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