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Alina Arakelian • Staff Writer As an Armenian, what annual events do you look forward to and why?   Raffi Apkarian Senior, Chemistry Prpoor, which is the traditional preparation of grape molasses to celebrate the harvest. It is a great event that brings Armenians together in all aspects. The celebration is a way to share our culture by singing traditional ...

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Armenian Studies Library Houses Photograph Archive

Claire Kasaian Staff Writer Over the years the Armenian Studies Program has received a generous amount of donations, such as manuscripts, books, newspaper clippings, and videos. These materials include Genocide survivor memoirs, newsletters from the Diaspora, and theological and literary works. Malina Zakian, the Armenian Studies Program librarian and archivist, has been cataloging the numerous donations. Zakian and a graduate ...

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Der Mugrdechian Interviewed on “The Central Valley Ledger”

Staff Report Fresh off of his trip to Armenia, Lebanon, and Turkey, Armenian Studies Program Director Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian was invited to appear on July 7 on “The Central Valley Ledger,” a Fresno and Clovis area public affairs program airing on KFSR 90.7 FM, CMAC-Comcast 93, and AT&T 99. The program is recorded with a volunteer crew from Fresno ...

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Student Achievements Celebrated at Armenian Studies Program Twenty-Eighth Annual Banquet

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The Armenian Studies Program 28th Annual Banquet was held on March 6 at the Ft. Washington Golf and Country Club, and brought together many of Fresno State’s distinguished alumni, faculty, and students. More than 220 guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and the success of the ever-growing Armenian Studies Program. Among the guests ...

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ASO Observes 101st Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Aramayis Orkusyan Editor Each year, the Fresno State Armenian Students Organization (ASO) hosts commemorative events in memory of the Armenian Genocide, in order to raise awareness about it and to bring justice to its victims and survivors. This year, the ASO commemorated the 101st anniversary of the Genocide with the slogan “Remembering our past, Forging our future.” The week of ...

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Ambassador Evans Discusses “Truth Held Hostage”

Aramayis Orkusyan Editor Former United States Ambassador to Armenia John M. Evans was a guest speaker for the Armenian Studies Program Lecture Series on Monday, April 25. Throughout his career, Ambassador Evans served in diplomatic posts in Tehran, Prague, Moscow, Brussels, St. Petersburg and Washington, and served as Ambassador to Armenia from 2004 to 2006, when he was dismissed from ...

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La Porta and Hagopian Honored with “Men of the Year” Award

Staff Report On Saturday, April 16, Dr. Sergio La Porta was honored as one of the recipients of the 2016 “Men of the Year Award” by the Knights of Vartan Yeprad Lodge and the Daughters of Vartan Alidz Otyag. He shared this distinction with renowned oud player Mr. Richard Hagopian. The award was presented in commemoration of the 100th anniversary ...

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Genocide Conference Explores New Perspectives

Michael Rettig Staff Writer The Armenian Genocide, an atrocity denied by Turkey, was the topic of a major conference bolstering the historicity of what happened in 1915 against denialist claims. On the weekend of March 18-19, the Armenian Studies Program hosted an international conference, “Empire, Politics, and War: The Armenian Genocide within the Context of the Ottoman Empire,” bringing Armenian, ...

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Visiting Scholar Ümit Kurt Defends Dissertation

Staff Report Ümit Kurt Kazan Visiting Research Scholar in the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State for the 2015-2016 academic year, successfully defended his dissertation Destruction of Aintab Armenians and Emergence of the New Wealthy Class: Plunder of Armenian Wealth in Aintab (1890s-1920s) at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University on Tuesday, April 19. Kurt’s doctoral ...

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“Survivors into Minorities” Subject of Talk by Dr. Lerna Ekmekçioğlu

Elina Karapetyan Staff Writer After the devastation of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, Armenians who remained inside the borders of Turkey were left to reconstruct their lives and identities amidst politically hostile conditions. Among the community’s most influential people were feminist women who “articulated an Armenianness sustained through gendered differences.” The treatment of the remaining Armenians, their response to the ...

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