• Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro appointed an Armenian Leadership Council, which held its first meeting on March 2, 2017.

  • The Armenian Studies Program 29th Annual Banquet was held on March 19, 2017 at the Ft. Washington Country Club.

    San Jose State President Dr. Mary Papazian, third from left, was the keynote speaker.

    The Armenian Studies Program celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

  • Author Fetihye Cetin, fourth from left, was a guest speaker of the Armenian Studies Program on April 26, 2017.

  • Left to right: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Garo Paylan, and Dr. Sergio La Porta. Paylan, an MP in the Turkish Parliament, spoke to a standing room only audience at Fresno State on September 27, 2016.

  • Fresno State Armenian Studies Program Director Barlow Der Mugrdechian and Professor Hagop Ohanessian led a group of thirteen students on the Armenia Summer Study Trip, May 24-June 9, 2017.

    At the Monastery of Odzun in the Lori region of Armenia.

Welcome to The Armenian Studies Program

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Upcoming Events-Fall 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 • 7:30PM (6:30PM-7:30PM Reception)
"A Rescuer, an Enigma, and a Génocidaire: Cemal Pasha"
Dr. Ümit Kurt, Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies
University Business Center, A. Peters Auditorium, Fresno State
Free admission. Flyer.

"The Business of Regret: War, Chaos, and the Rejection of Violence"
Featuring the works of Henrik Abedian and Varaz Samuelian
Wednesday, October 3-5:30-6:30PM-Artist /Panel talk-UBC
Thursday, October 4-5:00-8:00PM-Opening Reception-M Street Graduate Studios, 1419 M Street, Fresno
business regrets

in conjunction with the Center for Creativity and the Arts.
Thursday, October 4-as part of Art Hop.
Free admission. Flyer.

"The Committee of Union and Progress: Founders, Ideology, and Structure"
An International Conference
Friday, October 12-7:00PM
Saturday, October 13-10:00AM
University Business Center, A. Peters Auditorium, Fresno State
Free admission and free parking. Permits not required on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Thursday, October 16, 2018 • 7:30PM
"Proactive Local Perpetrators: Mehmet Yasin and Ali Cenani "

Dr. Ümit Kurt, Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies
University Business Center, A. Peters Auditorium, Fresno State

Free admission. Parking permit required for Lots P6 or P5. Flyer.

Friday, October 19, 2018 • 8:00PM
"Concert-Jazz pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan"
In conjunction with the Philip Lorenz Keyboard Concert Series.
The Concert Hall, East Music Building, Fresno State
Tickets required. Keyboard Concert Series.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 • 7:30PM
"The Republic of Armenia: A Daring Endeavor, 1918-2018"
Dr. Richard Hovannisian, UCLA, USC, and Chapman Univ.
Armenian Center, 2348 Ventura St., Fresno
In conjunction with Homenetmen Fresno Sassoon Chapter and Hamazkayin Taniel Varoujan Chapter
Free admission. Flyer.

The Armenian Studies Program

The Armenian Studies Program was established in 1977 and the Center for Armenian Studies was founded in 1988. The Center provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact and currently houses the Armenian Studies Program, the Sahatdjian Armenian Studies Library, the Avedian Armenian Studies Archives, the newspaper Hye Sharzhoom/Armenian Action, the Armenian Students Organization, and the Index of Armenian Art.

The Haig and Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair in Armenian Studies, established in the fall of 1988, is one of several Armenian Chairs in the United States and provides financial support for a distinguished Armenologist. The endowment honors Haig and Isabel Berberian and was established by their son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold H. and Dianne Gazarian. Other friends of the Armenian Studies Program have made significant contributions to the endowment.
Read more-A Brief History of the Armenian Studies Program

Armenian Genocide Monument Unveiled at Historic Ceremony
4,000 plus attended on Thursday, April 23
Maple Mall, Fresno State

Armenian Genocide Monument

The Armenian Genocide Monument.
Photo by Paul Schlesinger, The Collegian

Armenian Genocide Monument to be Built on Fresno State Campus
-Groundbreaking Held on Sunday, November 2, 2014
Fresno—On Sunday, November 2, the Armenian Community of the San Joaquin Valley  broke ground on a Monument dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The event began at 2:30 p.m. and took place at the Fresno State Maple Mall, located south of the Satellite Student Union. 
For more information, go to the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee-Fresno website.

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"A Century of Rebirth"-Armenian Students Organization organized
100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration-April 24, 2015


Armenian Genocide Monument Groundbreaking, Fresno State November 2, 2014.