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ASO Begins New Semester with Elections and Social Activities

L. to R.: Anoush Hakopyan, Kara Statler, David Safrazian, Arthur Khatchatrian, Marina Chardukian, Dikran Dzhezyan, Michael Rettig, Aramayis Orkusyan, and Abraham Tanousian. Seated, left to right: Claire Kasaian, Melanie Kojaartinian, Diana Gasparyan, Prof. Hagop Ohanessian, and Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian.
Photo: ASP Archive

Kara Statler Staff Writer   The Armenian Students Organization has been busy for the past few months. In the first meeting of the semester, members elected two new executives; Diana Gasparyan, President, and Kara Statler, Vice President. On Friday December 16, 2016, ASO had its Annual Christmas Party. The party was a huge success with great music, food, and dancing. ...

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Dr. Mouradian Presents Research on Armenians of China-1880-1950

Virginia Meltickian, left, with Dr. Khatchig Mouradian.
Virginia Meltickian, left, with Dr. Khatchig Mouradian.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer Due to genocide and war in the Ottoman Empire and Russia in the early 20th century, many Armenians sought safe havens. Some found refuge in Europe or in the United States, while others traveled eastward to China in hope of finding a more secure life. In China they were able to establish two active communities, one ...

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Dr. Elyse Semerdjian Discusses “Ottoman History from the Margins” at Fresno State Presentation

Dr. Stacy Fahrenhold, left, and Dr. Elyse Semerdjian.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Michael Rettig Editor Studying history from the viewpoint of marginal rather than dominant actors has been one of the central focuses of social historians since the 1960s. These historians seek to add nuance to traditional histories by considering the experience of ethnic and religious minorities as well as women. On Monday, November 7, Dr. Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of History ...

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Radio Personality Barsamian Visits Fresno State

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, left, with David Barsamian.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Alina Arakelian
 Staff Writer
 Radio personality David Barsamian was a guest speaker in Dr. Khatchig Mouradian’s Armenian Genocide class on Wednesday, November 2. Barsamian is known for his weekly radio show “Alternative Radio” which is in its 30th year. He is a winner of the “Media Education Award” and the ACLU’s “Upton Sinclair Award” for independent journalism. Barsamian began his ...

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ASO Spotlight

Alina Arakelian Staff Writer Two students who are active in the campus Armenian community are the focus of the ASO Spotlight.   Haverj Stanboulian Senior   What is your major and your plan for the future? I am a Biology major and I would like to be a professor and do research. What kind of research are you interested in? ...

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Society for Armenian Studies Holds Conference on “Armenians in America” in Boston on Nov. 17

Front row, left to right: Marc Mamigonian, Carel Bertram, and Helen Makhdoumian. Back row, left to right, Margaret Manoogian, Vahe Sahakyan, Anatolii Tokmancev, Shushan Karapetian, Sona Nersisyan, and Barlow Der Mugrdechian at the SAS sponsored conference “Armenians in America.”
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) held an interesting and informative conference on “Armenians in America,” on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Conference was held in conjunction with the SAS Annual Membership Meeting and Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference. SAS President Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian opened the conference welcoming the participants, members of the ...

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Fresno State Alumni Share Impact of the Armenian Studies Program on Their Careers and Lives

Marine Vardanyan-Staff Writer      Since its inception, the core of the Armenian Studies Program mission has been to educate students. The Program has impacted a large number of students by providing education, support, and numerous opportunities. As these students move forward in their lives, they carry with them their experiences from the Program.    To celebrate the 40th anniversary ...

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Melikyan Concert at Fresno State

Left to right: Prof. Hagop Ohanessian, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Sofya Melikyan, and Keyboard Concerts Director Andreas Werz.
Photo: Veronique Werz

Elina Karapetyan Staff Writer   The Fresno State Concert Hall was filled with excited chatter and buzz as the audience waited to listen to the talented and accomplished pianist Sofya Melikyan on Friday, October 14. For this special performance, the Armenian Studies Program cooperated with the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series to bring a memorable night to classical music ...

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Armenian 148 Course Offers Insights Into Culture

Prof. Hagop Ohanessian

Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program offers a variety of courses, but Masterpieces of Armenian Culture (Armenian 148) is unique because it is the only course that fulfills an upper division Interdisciplinary General Education requirement in the area of Arts and Humanities. One result is that more non-Armenian juniors and seniors can learn about Armenian culture. Students in ...

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CineCulture Screens “If Only Everyone”

Left to right: Arthur Khachatrian, Diana Gasparyan, Prof. Mary Husain, Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Tadeh Issakhanian, Seroun Mouradian, Marina Chardukian, Kara Statler, and Dikran Dzhezyan.

Photo: Marine Vardanyan

Kara Statler Staff Writer On Friday, November 4, the Armenian Studies Program teamed up with the CineCulture series to screen the film “If Only Everyone” in front of a large audience in the Leon S. and Peter Peters Educational Auditorium at Fresno State. Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian of the Armenian Studies Program was the invited discussant for the film and ...

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