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Kazan Visiting Scholar Siekierski at Fresno State

Emma Shaljyan Staff Writer How did a graduate student from Poland find himself in Fresno doing research in Armenian Studies? As an undergraduate student Konrad Siekierski visited Turkey in 2001 and he was so impressed by the remnants of the Armenian cultural heritage he saw, including the ruins of Ani, the city of Van, and the monastery of Akhtamar, that ...

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Der Mugrdechian Speaks on Historic Armenia

Denise Altounian Staff Writer The area that today comprises Eastern Turkey, holds both enduring and painful memories for Armenians. Many grew up listening to stories their grandparents and great-grandparents told about their lives in places such as Erzerum, Van, Kharpert and many other Armenian inhabited cities and towns within the Ottoman Empire. Unfortunately, the Genocide of 1915 brought a sudden ...

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Bardakjian Gives Keynote Speech at Opening of “500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing” Exhibit

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer As with many cultures that have a language largely unique to their ancestors, the Armenian alphabet and language helped create a unified cultural identity for the Armenian people and is often cited as a definitive factor in the formation of Armenian identity. Dr. Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian Language and Literature, at the ...

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Leon S. Peters Foundation Gift of $30,000 to ASP

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. The gift will be used for a variety of activities, including scholarships, outreach activities, an Armenia summer study trip, and general support for the Program. Leon S. Peters ...

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Kooyumjian Foundation Grants $35,500 to ASP

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program Coordinator Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian announced that the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation has made a generous donation of $35,500 to the Armenian Studies Program and the Center for Armenian Studies. The gift will be used for a variety of activities, including outreach activities, special conferences, and scholarships. This is the fourth year of support ...

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Sona Haroutyunian- 10th Kazan Visiting Professor

Marine Vardanyan Staff Writer One of the interesting aspects of Fresno State’s Armenian Studies Program includes the annual selection of a distinguished professor to visit and offer an Armenian Studies course related to modern Armenian history, including the Genocide of 1915, and the formation of the Armenian Republic. Students have the opportunity to take such a course and to gain ...

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Armenian Students Organization Continues Active Semester

Ruzan Orkusyan Staff Writer As the fall semester comes to an end, the leaves have turned a beautiful array of warm red colors, the air is fresh with the smell of autumn, and professors continue to find joy in assigning countless term papers, giving quizzes and tests. Despite the chaos that ensues in the second half of the fall semester, ...

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Armenian Studies Program Hosts Reception to Mark Official Opening of Printing Exhibit

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer On Sunday, October 14, members of the San Joaquin Valley Armenian community, and Fresno State students, faculty, and administrators, converged in the Henry Madden Library for a reception marking the official opening of the exhibit “The 500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing.” The event was sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, the College of Arts and Humanities, ...

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Richard Hovannisian Presents New Work on “Armenian Smyrna”

Suren Oganessian Staff Writer A frequent visitor to the Fresno State campus, Dr. Richard Hovannisian was invited by the Armenian Studies Program to deliver an informative lecture, “Armenian Smyrna” on Friday, October 5, about the terrible inferno that destroyed the Armenian and Greek sections of the city of Smyrna/Izmir in 1922. Dr. Hovannisian is Professor Emeritus of Armenian and Near ...

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Staff Box

Editor Tamar Karkazian Layout Barlow Der Mugrdechian Photographers Barlow Der Mugrdechian Erica Magarian Staff Writers Denise Altounian Armen Arikian Andrew Esguerra Tatevik Hovhannisyan Suren Oganessian Ruzan Orkusyan Emma Shaljyan Marine Vardanyan Advisor Barlow Der Mugrdechian barlowd@csufresno.edu

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