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SAS To Holds Annual Meeting

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Barlow Der Mugrdechian, President of the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS), announced that the Annual Membership Meeting of the SAS would be held at 8:00 PM on Friday, November 21, in the Tudor 8 room, of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Results of the elections for new Executive officers will be announced at the annual meeting. Current SAS executive members include, Vice-President Simon Payaslian (Clark University); Secretary Houri Berberian (CSU Long Beach); Treasurer, Levon Chorbajian (University of Massachusetts, Lowell); and advisors George Bournoutian (Iona College), Garabet Moumdjian, and Christina Maranci (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).

The SAS is holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual convention. There will be one SAS sponsored panel at the conference, “Education and Family in Post-Soviet Armenia,” on Saturday, November 22, from 8-9:45 AM. George Bournoutian, Iona College, will chair the panel which will include the following papers: Ruby Chorbajian, Warren Wilson College and Levon Chorbajian, University of Massachusetts, Lowell “Undaneek: Armenian Families in the Global Millennium;” Barlow Der Mugrdechian, California State University, Fresno; “Reform in Higher Education: The Case of the Faculty of Economics at Yerevan State University, Armenia;” and Rubina Peroomian, UCLA, “The Rough Road of Transition: Teaching History in Soviet and Post-Soviet Armenia-Ideology, Approach, Methodology.” Levon Marashlian of Glendale Community College is the discussant for the panel.

Go to the following web site for more specific information on the conference http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~aaass/

The SAS was founded in 1974 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2004 with a variety of activities. The SAS is composed of scholars and students (and some non-scholarly patrons of Armenian Studies). Its membership is international, although the overwhelming majority of members are based in the United States and Canada. The Secretariat of SAS is based at the Armenian Studies Program, 5245 N. Backer Ave. PB4, Fresno, CA 93740-8001.

The Society for Armenian Studies was founded by a group of scholars from the universities of California, Columbia and Harvard on the initiative of Professor Richard G. Hovannisian. It is dedicated to the development of Armenian Studies as an academic discipline.

The aims of the SAS are to promote the study of Armenian culture and society, including history, language, literature, and social, political, and economic questions; to facilitate the exchange of scholarly information pertaining to Armenian studies around the world; and to sponsor panels and conferences on Armenian studies.

The programs of the Society include publication of a Newsletter and the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, encouragement, sponsorship and publication of research on all facets of Armenian culture and society; and such other activities as the SAS Executive Council may from time to time determine.