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Dr. Sanjian Discusses Armenian Communities of Middle East

Dr. Ara Sanjian, standing, fifth from right, with members of the Armenian Students Organization before his Dec. 4 lecture.

Staff Report The rapidly diminishing Armenian Christian community of Syria, and the still strong Armenian community of Lebanon was the focus of a lecture, “Armenians in the Midst of Civil Wars: Lebanonaand Syria Compared,” by Dr. Ara Sanjian, Director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. The lecture was part of the ...

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Armenian Monument Will Open in April to Mark 100th Anniversary of the Genocide

Construction of the Armenian Genocide Monument at Fresno State is well under way with completion of the Monument slated for mid-April.

Aramayis Orkusyan Staff Writer Each year on April 24, Armenians around the world commemorate the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. This year, however, marks a symbolic cornerstone for the Armenian people as they prepare to commemorate the 100th anniversary of what has been called “The first modern genocide of the 20th century.” Many events are taking place ...

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Der Mugrdechian President of Society for Armenian Studies

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Staff Report The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) celebrated its 40th anniversary at its Annual Membership meeting held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 22. A new Executive Council was elected with Barlow Der Mugrdechian (California State University-Fresno) chosen as the new SAS President. Also elected were Vice President Bedross Der Matossian (University of Nebraska-Lincoln); Secretary Lilit Keshishyan (UCLA); Treasurer ...

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La Porta Selected for “Fresno State Talks” Series

Left to right: Fresno State Provost Dr. Lynette Zelezny, Dr. Robert Maldonado, and Dr. Sergio La Porta.

Marine Vardanyan Editor 2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Why should you care? According to Dr. Sergio La Porta, Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State, the Armenian Genocide “is very much tied up with who we are today and the whole notion of modernity.” On Thursday, February 26, Dr. La Porta explored the role of ...

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Dr. Douzjian Gives First in Series of Kazan Visiting Professor Lectures

Left to right: Bako Oganyan, Dr. Myrna Douzjian, ASO President Marine Vardanyan, and tatevik Hovhannisyan.

Lauren Chardukian Staff Writer This semester, the Armenian Studies Program welcomed Dr. Myrna Douzjian as the 11th Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at Fresno State. As part of her responsibilities as Visiting Professor, Dr. Douzjian will be giving a series of lectures about her area of expertise, “The Armenian Genocide in Film.” The first of her three-part series, titled ...

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Evelyn Sahroian Tregonian Bequest of $100,000 to Armenian Studies

Evelyn Sahroian Tregoning

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced a gift of $100,000 from the estate of the late Evelyn Sahroian Tregoning that will establish the Tregoning Endowment in Armenian Studies. Evelyn Sahroian Tregoning was born on September 30, 1923 and passed away on June 1, 2014. She was born to an Armenian immigrant family in the farming area ...

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Leon Peters Foundation Grant of $30,000 to ASP for 2015

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 2015. 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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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. Jacqueline Agazarian, Fresno, for copies of the journal Raft and Armenian books. Edward Ashjian, Fresno, for a DVD and photos of the ...

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Dr. Tachjian-Director of Houshamadyan Project – Focuses on Armenians of the Region of Kharpert

Left to right: Michael Rettig, Marina Chardukian, tatevik Hovhannisyan, Lauren Chardukian, and Bako Oganyaan with Dr. Vahe Tachjian, center, after the January 29 Lecture.

Micheal Rettig Staff Writer It has been difficult for historians to reconstruct the daily lives of Armenians prior to the Genocide. Those who lived before 1915 could not conceive that their entire way of life was on the brink of extinction. Many of them felt no need to document their day-to-day lives, most likely imagining that they would go on ...

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Bertha & John Garebedian Foundation Award of $11,000 to Armenian Studies Program for 2015

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation has made a generous donation of $11,000 to the Armenian Studies Program for 2015. This brings the total donations from the Foundation to the Armenian Studies Program to over $100,000. The gift will be used for a variety of activities, including outreach ...

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