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Leon S. Peters Foundation Continues Support of Armenian Studies Program with Grant of $30,000

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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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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ASP to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Banquet March 19, 2017

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  Armenian Studies Program 29th Annual Banquet Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Armenian Studies Program Special Guest Dr. Mary Papazian, President San Jose State University   Sunday, March 19, 2017 Reception-5:00PM • Dinner-6:00PM Fort Washington Golf & Country Club 10272 N. Millbrook $50 per person • Table Sponsors $2,000 • $25 Fresno State students Please respond by Friday, March ...

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Haigazian University President Dr. Paul Haidostian Discusses “Armenian Educational Life in Lebanon”

Dr. Paul Haidostian, center, with students and faculty after
his presentation at Fresno State.
Photo: Hourig Attarian

Tadeh Issakhanian Staff Writer Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University, was a guest speaker for the Armenian Studies Program Lecture Series on Monday, November 14. The presentation on “Armenian Educational Life in Lebanon: Haigazian University,” was given in front of a large audience, including many Haigazian alumni and the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at ...

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Mouradian’s Armenian Genocide Class Engages Students

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian
Photo: Michael Rettig

Michael Rettig Editor As the Fall Semester draws to a close, students and professors reflect upon the lasting impact of the lessons they learned. With the current turmoil in Turkey and Syria as a backdrop, Dr. Mouradian’s class on “The Armenian Genocide and its Aftermath” has provided a timely forum for students to learn about their past and its effect ...

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Society for Armenian Studies Holds Annual Meeting

Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Varak Ketsamanian,
Anna Aleksanyan, and Dr. Ümit Kurt.
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report   The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) held its 42nd Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. SAS President Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian conducted the meeting, which was attended by scholars throughout the United States and abroad. Members heard reports on SAS activities in 2016 and had an opportunity to discuss ...

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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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Armenian Studies Participates in Tsughrut Gospel Conservation

Left to right: Arusyak Baldryan, Lusine Markaryan, Dr. Gayane
Eliazyan, Artavazd Ayvazyan, Arthur Petrosyan, and
Gagik Ginosyan, from the village of Tsughrut.
Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report The more than one thousand year old Gospel of Tsughrut (Ծուղրութի Աւետարան-Hovhannes Avetaran) is a rare example of Armenian medieval art in terms of its iconography and simplicity of miniature expression, dating from 974 AD. Many times referred to as the “Guardian of Tsughrut,” the Gospel has been carefully preserved and protected since 1830 by the Saponjyan family ...

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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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