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Armenia Focus of Presentation at International Coffee Hour

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer At the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester, ASO was invited to give a presentation at the International Coffee Hour (ICH), a Fresno State series that is held every Tuesday from 2-3pm in the Henry Madden Library. The ICH is unique in that it brings people of diverse backgrounds to share their culture, history, and customs ...

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Dr. Ümit Kurt Explores Motivations of “Ordinary” Genocide Perpetrators in Talk on Aintab

Michael Rettig Editor When one typically thinks of the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide, they usually have in mind high-ranking officials who directed policy, such as Talaat, Enver, or Djemal Pasha. The term “perpetrator” might also conjure up images of gendarmes and soldiers herding Armenian refugees through the desert. However perpetrators were often ordinary people, emphasized Dr. Umit Kurt in ...

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ASO “Member of the Semester”

  Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer The Armenian Students Organization has started many new initiatives this semester, with a silent auction at the Armenian Studies Program 29th Annual Banquet, and a Frozen Yogurt fundraiser. ASO is introducing an award, called the “Member of the Semester,” recognizing a member who has demonstrated exceptional effort in assisting with club events and volunteer work. ...

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ASO Enjoys Spring Semester Activities and Volunteering

Diana Gasparyan Staff Writer In the past few months, the Armenian Students Organization has held several socials, events, and fundraisers. The executive team was constantly occupied with planning, organizing, and collaborating on new ideas. There was an even balance between socials and volunteer events, mixing enjoyment and work throughout the semester. The ideas to fundraise arose due to the anticipation ...

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Reflections on “The Promise”

Michael Rettig Editor Like many Armenians, I had been eagerly anticipating the release of “The Promise” since first hearing that such a film would be released. I did not initially have high hopes when I heard that Kirk Kerkorian would be funding a Hollywood blockbuster about the Genocide because I had too often been disappointed with similar announcements in the ...

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“The Promise”-A Movie Review

Arthur Khatchatrian Staff Writer Mesmerizing is the only word that can encompass the magnificence of “The Promise.” From the beginning of the film to the end, the viewer is captivated by its invigorating scenes and direction that keeps one on the edge of their seats. “The Promise” deals with the topic of the Armenian Genocide in a way that resembles ...

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Students Reactions to “The Promise”

Andrew Esguerra  What was your first reaction to “The Promise”? One of the most surprising things about this movie was how few of the main actors were actually Armenian, but when I saw them on screen, I saw people that I thought could be part of my family. I looked at them and could see my ancestors, a friend from ...

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Richard Hagopian Discusses Armenian Folk Music

Michael Rettig Editor Few have done more to preserve traditional Armenian folk music than local Fresno oud master Richard Hagopian. On Thursday, April 27, Hagopian recounted his first experiences with the oud and showcased traditional Armenian songs in his presentation, “Melodic and Rhythmic Considerations in Oud Performance” as part of the Middle East Studies Lecture, Performance & Film Series, cosponsored ...

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Dr. Watenpaugh on Humanitarianism

Michael Rettig Editor The Armenian Genocide prompted one of the largest humanitarian aid campaigns in American history. The American Committee for Relief in the Near East spearheaded this effort to alleviate the sufferings of the Armenian people. Dr. Keith Watenpaugh (UC Davis), in his lecture “The Drowned, the Saved, and the Forgotten: Genocide and the Foundations of Modern Humanitarianism,” on ...

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Survey of Armenian History Draws Student Interest

Staff Report Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian has been teaching an Armenian history survey course at Fresno State for more than thirty years. This semester twenty-three students are enrolled in the Armenian Studies 108B-Modern Armenian History course, which is a survey of Armenian history from the fall of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia to the establishment of the Modern Armenian Republic. ...

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