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Arzruni Brings to Life Works of Komitas at Fresno State Concert

Şahan Arzruni during his October 25 performance.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Katrina Bissett Staff Writer Accomplished pianist and scholar Şahan Arzruni brought his love for the music of Komitas to a Fresno State audience on Sunday, October 25, 2015. A special event in the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series, the performance, titled “Komitas: A Portrait of the Musician as a Young Priest,” was a cultural treasure and was cosponsored by ...

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Society for Armenian Studies Holds 41st Annual Meeting and International Conference in Denver

Left to right: Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian, Dr. Sossie Kasbarian,
Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, Dr. Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Prof.
Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Dr. Talar Chahinian,
and Dr. Ramela Abbamontian participating in the SAS
sponsored “Impact of the Armenian Genocide” Conference.
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report To mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) held an international conference, “The Impact of the Armenian Genocide,” on Saturday, November 21, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. The SAS is the international association of Armenian Studies scholars and teachers and held its 41st Annual Meeting on the same day in Denver. The ...

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Elbrecht Bequest of More Than $97,000 to ASP

Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced a gift of more than $97,000 from the estate of the late Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht of Davis, California, that will establish the Elbrecht Endowment in Armenian Studies. Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht passed away on September 24, 2014. After completing a degree in library science at UC Berkeley, she joined the ...

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Melkonian Discusses Changes in Global Armenian Art Exhibitions

Left to right: Dr. Sergio La Porta, Prof. Hagop Ohanessian,
Tadeh Issakhanian, Neery Melkonian, Lucie Ekezyan, and
Aramayis Orkusyan.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Aramayis Orkusyan Editor “2015 was a year of groundbreaking curatorial undertakings of Armenian art and marked a paradigm shift in the way contemporary Armenian art is conceptualized and exhibited globally,” stated Neery Melkonian, a New York-based independent researcher, writer, curator, and lecturer in modern and contemporary art. She discussed these shifts in her lecture, titled “What Comes After Undoing Denial: ...

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“The Cut” Premieres at Fresno Film Festival

“The Cut” screenwriter Mardik Martin, right, with Dr. Mary
Husain. Martin was in Fresno for the screening of “The Cut.”
Photo: Keith Seaman Photography

Katrina Bissett Staff Writer “All the stars were against Armenia to survive,” stated screenwriter Mardik Martin. But Armenians did survive, and they are now telling their story. Armenian-themed films are beginning to gain popularity, and Fresno has now hosted the screening of two such films this year. A special screening of The Cut, an independent film centered on the life ...

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Responses to Ottoman Revolution of 1908 Explored by Der Matossian

Left to right: Dr. Sergio La Porta, Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, and Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Aramayis Orkusyan Editor The Young Turk Revolution was a critical point in the history of not only the Ottoman Empire, but also the history of the Armenians. This pivotal year was the topic of a lecture by Dr. Bedross Der Matossian titled “The Political Culture of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908: Space, Symbolism, and Language” presented on Friday, October ...

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Ottoman Art and Literature Explored in Panel at SAS/Middle East Studies Association Conference

Left to right: Dr. Ron Marchese, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Nora Cherishian Lessersohn, and Jirair Christianian, following the panel.
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) President Barlow Der Mugrdechian chaired the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society on Saturday, November 21, in Denver, Colorado. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for members to discuss the major challenges of the Society and to hear a variety of reports. Der Mugrdechian reported on the activities of the Society during 2015, ...

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Kurt Discusses Example of Two “Righteous Turks”

Left to right: Tatevik Hovhannisyan, Raffi Apkarian, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Marine Vardanyan, Lucie Ekezyan, Benjamin Tanielian, Ümit Kurt, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Aramayis Orkusyan, and Michael Rettig.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Michael Rettig Staff Writer One important narrative of the Armenian Genocide that has been neglected is the story of the righteous Turks who risked their lives to save Armenians. It reminds us that animosity towards Armenians was not universal among Turks in the Ottoman Empire and that there were those who would defy the law to protect Armenians. This narrative ...

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Students Enjoy Armenian Course

Students taking the Armenian 1A- Elementary Armenian course from Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian.
Photo: ASP Archive

Lucie Ekezyan Staff Writer Fresno State offers many cultural classes and among these are courses offered by the Armenian Studies Program, which explore Armenian history, the art inspired by it, and the language that defined it. Since its inception in the 1960’s, more than a thousand students from diverse backgrounds have learned elementary Armenian language skills: speaking, writing, and reading. ...

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Dr. La Porta Actively Publishing

The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition

Staff Report At the end of 2014, Dr. Sergio La Porta published a collection of essays on The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition. Co-edited with Prof. Kevork Bardakjian of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the volume, published in the Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha series of Brill publishers, contains some 30 articles by a diverse body of scholars from the United ...

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