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ASI Senate Vote Calls for Divestment from Turkey

ASI Senators and Armenian students at the Divestment Resolution vote of the ASI Senate.
Photo: Gina De Young

Staff Report On February 3, the Fresno State Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) Senate unanimously passed a “Resolution To Urge The Fresno State Foundation to Divest From The Republic of Turkey.” The resolution, which was spearheaded by Armenian Students Organization Vice President and ANCA-WR member Tadeh Issakhanian, calls upon the Fresno State Foundation to take several steps towards divestment of any ...

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Dr. Kulhandjian Joins Faculty

Dr. Hovannes Kulhandjian 
Photo: ASP Archive

Elena Sarmazian Staff Writer Fresno State welcomed a new Armenian faculty member in Fall 2015. Dr. Hovannes Kulhandjian, who specializes in digital signal processing, wireless communication and networking, joined the campus as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is now in his second semester of teaching. Dr. Kulhandjian was born in Gyumri, Armenia, but ...

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Dr. La Porta’s Armenian History Course Brings New Perspectives to Students

Students in the Modern Armenian History course.
Photo: Aramayis Orkusyan

Michael Rettig Staff Writer History plays an important role in helping people understand their identity. It enables one to understand the experiences of their ancestors and how they have shaped our contemporary world. Students in Professor Sergio La Porta’s Armenian Studies108B course, a survey of modern Armenian history, have been able to better understand the present situation of the Armenian ...

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“Discovering Kristin Saleri” Exhibit Opens at Madden Library Through May 31

"Discovering Kristin Saleri" Exhibit in the Peters Ellipse.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Tadeh Issakhanian Staff Writer Fresno State’s Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, located on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library, has been transformed into a retrospective exhibition of artwork by the pioneering 20th century Turkish-Armenian artist Kristin Saleri. Curated by Fresno natives Joyce Kierejczyk and Carol Tikijian, “Discovering Kristin Saleri” presents students and the community with a unique glimpse ...

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Ara Sarafian Discusses Ambassador Morgenthau

Left to right: Aramayis Orkusyan, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Ara Sarafian, Tadeh Issakhanian, and Michael Rettig.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Michael Rettig Staff Writer The vehement denial of the Armenian Genocide on the part of the government of the Republic of Turkey has led to the falsification and distortion of history. Scholarship and the use of primary sources are vital tools in countering this misinformation. Studying the accounts of politicians, missionaries, and soldiers and how they corroborate with each other, ...

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Dr. Ervine’s Class Explores Ideas of Post-Genocide Writers

Left to right: Cory Lynch, Zhora Pogosyan, Dr. Roberta Ervine, Lucie Ekezyan, and Anoush Hakobyan.
Photo: Aramayis Orkusyan

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State offers many opportunities for students and the public to learn about Armenian history and culture through its Armenian Studies Lecture Series and the Kazan Visiting Professorship. The Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professorship provides support that allows the Armenian Studies Program to invite an internationally recognized scholar in contemporary ...

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Professor La Porta Gives Annual Genocide Lecture at Sonoma State

Dr. Sergio La Porta
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report On February 16, 2016, Dr. Sergio La Porta lectured on the Armenian Genocide at Sonoma State University. Sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide and the Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture Fund seeded by the Thomas Family Foundation, the lecture forms part of the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series organized by the Center for the ...

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Garabedian Grant of $12,000 to ASP

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation has made a generous donation of $12,000 to the Armenian Studies Program for 2016. 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 student ...

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