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An International Conference “Empire, Politics, and War: The Armenian Genocide within the Context of the Ottoman Empire”

The California State University, Fresno Armenian Studies Program cordially invites you to An International Conference “Empire, Politics, and War: The Armenian Genocide within the Context of the Ottoman Empire” Friday, March 18, 2016 • Saturday, March 19, 2016 Opening Reception Friday, March 18-6:30PM-7:30PM   Session I-Friday, March 18, 2016 • 7:30PM University Business Center, Room 191 Auditorium, Fresno State   ...

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New Dean of Arts & Humanities Shares His Vision for the College

Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval
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Lucie Ekezyan Staff Writer With a mission to enrich students with communication skills, humanistic values, and cultural awareness, Fresno State’s largest academic unit, the College of Arts and Humanities began a new chapter when a new Dean, Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, was appointed in January of this year. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval plans to “establish new initiatives, new areas of collaboration with other ...

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Best-selling Author Chris Bohjalian Impresses Audience with Wide Ranging Presentation

Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Serpouhi Messerlian, Chris Bohjalian, and Edward Megergichian.
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Aramayis Orkusyan Editor “Two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.” This is the chilling synopsis of Chris Bohjalian’s newly published novel The Guest Room, which Bohjalian presented to a Fresno State audience on January 8, 2016. Bohjalian is the New York ...

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Armenian Students Organization Strengthens Sense of Community

ASO at the Annual Christmas Party in December.
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Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer In the past several months, ASO members have volunteered in the Armenian community and attended socials that have helped the student organization grow and strengthen their sense of community. Since its establishment in 1974, the ASO has attracted many passionate members each year, who are always excited to help better the Armenian community. “The importance of ...

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Dr. Ervine Appointed 12th Kazan Visiting Professor

Dr. Roberta Ervine is the 12th Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State for Spring 2016.
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Lucie Ekezyan Staff Writer Dr. Roberta Ervine was appointed as the 12th Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State for the Spring 2016 semester. She will teach a course, Armenian Studies 120T, entitled “Great Tragedies and Great Ideas: Learned Armenians and the Genocide.” Dr. Ervine’s course will examine the intellectual history of Armenians and the responses of Armenian ...

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“The Armenian Genocide Legacy” Book Published

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Staff Report It was almost three years ago that Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian received an invitation to participate in a book project planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The path to completion of the book eventually took Der Mugrdechian halfway around the world to participate in an international conference “The Armenian Genocide Legacy, 100 Years ...

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Peters Foundation Allocates $30,000 to Armenian Studies

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 2016. 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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Dr. Bournoutian Gives Talk on “Iran’s Mission of Apology to Russia”

Left to right: Nathan Vanderhoof, Prof. Hagop Ohanessian, Aramayis Orkusyan, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. George Bournoutian, Dr. Sergio La Porta, Bako Oganyan, Luckie Ekezyan, Dr. Jack Zeldis, and Tadeh Issakhanian. Dr. Bournoutian's lecture provided fascinating insight into the historical period of the 1820's.
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Aramayis Orkusyan Editor In the aftermath of the second Russo-Iranian War, which concluded on February 10, 1828 with the signing of the Treaty of Turkmenchay, anti-Russian sentiments in Iran were rampant. After the ratification of the Treaty, an angry mob stormed the Russian embassy in Tehran, Iran and murdered Alexander Griboedov, Russia’s ambassador to Iran, and all but one of ...

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Digitized Sources for Local Armenian Research

A digitized page from Asbarez newspaper (1918).
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Staff Report The past few years have seen an explosion in the number of digital resources available online, notably in the field of Armenian Studies. The Armenian Studies Program is in the forefront of helping students reach these resources online, as part of our continuing effort to link researchers to new sources of information. In particular, there are excellent resources ...

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Ümit Kurt Discusses Reasons Behind Turkish Government Denial of the Armenian Genocide

Left to right: Charlie Keyan Armenian Schol Principal Zar Der Mugrdechian, Greg Kohayan, and Ümit Kurt.
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Elina Karapetyan Staff Writer There has been a long-standing, Turkish government political tradition to deny the Armenian Genocide. During a special presentation on Wednesday, February 10 Clark University doctoral candidate Ümit Kurt gave a talk entitled, “Why Does Turkey Deny the Armenian Genocide?” to provide some answers to the question. This lecture was part of the Armenian Studies Program Spring ...

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