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Armenian Students Organization Strengthens Sense of Community

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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“The Armenian Genocide Legacy” Book Published

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”

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

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

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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ASI Senate Vote Calls for Divestment from Turkey

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

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

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

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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