News & Events


 

Sunday, November 2 • 2:30PM
Armenian Genocide Monument Groundbreaking
Fresno State Maple Mall

Sunday, October 19 • 1:30PM
"The Armenian Genocide and Armenian Women of 1915"
with special guests Dr. Garabet Moumdjian, Bared Maronian, and Kay Mouradian

Friday, October 24 • 5:30PM
"Grandma's Tattoos" Film screening
with special guest director Suzanne Khardalian

In conjunction with CineCulture

Friday, September 12 • 7:30PM
"The Origins of the Armenian Community in New England and the Construction of Armenian-American: Cultural Congruence"
Dr. Simon Payaslian
Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Boston University
Sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, with the support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation.
Press Release

Friday, September 19 • 7:30PM
Book Launch "Vahan Tekeyan: Selected Poems"
with special guest Edmond Azadian

Sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, with the support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation.
Press Release
Vahan Tekeyan-No. 5 in the Armenian Series of the Press at California State University, Fresno

Sunday, March 30 • 3:00PM
"Remembering the Armenians of Bitlis"
An Exhibit in the Henry Madden Library-Open March 30-April 30
Opening reception-hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
4:00PM-"Down and About Bitlis: An Exhibition on Bitlis Armenians on the Shores of Lake Van"
by Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute)
Henry Madden Library, Fresno State, Second floor.


Tuesday, April 1 • 7:30PM
"Saving Armenians: The United States
and the Armenian Genocide Thesis, 1915"On the occasion of the publication of "Inside Constantinople: A Diplomat's Diary..." by Lewis Einstein
by Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute)
University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, room 191.

Friday, March 7 • 8:00PM
Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov-works for two pianos
Keyboard Concert Series-Fresno State Concert Hall.
Tickets: $18 per person; $12 Seniors; $5 for Fresno State Students.
Call 278-2337 for tickets.
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Thursday, March 20 • 7:30PM
"An Armenian Eccentric: The Life and Times of Kara Darvish"
by Dr. James Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University

This presentation will be on Kara Darvish (Hakob Genjian was an Armenian Futurist poet who lived and worked mainly in Tiflis, Georgia, before and after World War I.

Sunday, March 2 • 5:00PM Reception; 6:00PM Dinner
Armenian Studies Program 26th Annual Banquet

Fort Washington Golf and Country Club, Fresno.
Tickets: $50 per person; $25 for Fresno State Students.

Thursday, February 20 • 7:30PM
"The Armenians, Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Arabs and Jews:
The British Colonial Ethos After WWI"
by Dr. Artin Arslanian, Marist College, New York

This presentation will analyze the British colonial ethos, and the promises made by the British after World War I.

University Business Center, A. Peters Auditorium, Room 191.

Thursday, January 30 • 7:30PM
"Art & Society in Armenian Constantinople"
by Dr. Ron Marchese, Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth

This illustrated presentation will discuss the development of the "Constantinople Style" of Armenian art. This art was expressed in a variety of ways: through the weaving of vestments, altar curtains, and liturgical textiles, as well as in metal work used in the church, such as chalices, candlesticks, and a variety of other objects.

Saturday, February 1 • 2:00-5:00PM
"Armenian Dance & Song Workshop"
by Hasmik Harutyunyan

Thursday, November 21 • 7:30PM
Book Launch-

"David of Sassoun: Critical Studies on the Armenian Epic"

Remarks: Dean Vida Samiian, College of Arts and Humanities
"The Armenian Epic" by Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program
Remarks: Dr. Sergio La Porta, Armenian Studies Program

Industrial Technology Building, Room 101, Fresno State.
Sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program with the support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Free admission.

Copies of "David of Sassoun" will be available for purchase at the event.

Friday, November 15 • 7:30PM

A Special Presentation on Karabagh
“Irredentism at the Crossroads of Nationalism, Communism and Diverging Interpretations of the Soviet Experience: The Armenian Diasporan Press on Mountainous Karabagh, 1923-1985”
by Dr. Ara Sanjian, University of Michigan-Dearborn
and

“Drawing Borders in the Caucasus-the Early 1920's”
by Dr. Arsen Sapararov, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

University Business Center, A. Peters Auditorium, Fresno State.
Sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program with the support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Free admission. Free parking on Friday night.

Thursday, October 3 • 7:30PM"Armenian American Contributions to Humanity after The Armenian Genocide and The Armenian World: A Photographic Journey"
by Stepan Partamian

Partamian will present his research in two areas: the first his findings on the contributions Armenians have made through their discoveries. Second, he will speak about his travels throughout Europe documenting various Armenian communities.



Tuesday, October 8 • 7:30PM
"Landmine Free Artsakh Awareness Campaign"
by Galina Danilova of the HALO Trust

Danilova will discuss the efforts underway to demine Artsakh (Karabagh), following the war of 1992-1994. The explosive remnants of the war have continued to cause human casualties, and also crippled the economy by denying farmers the use of their land. The HALO Trust has been working in Artsakh since 1995.

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
"Historic Armenia II: Armenian Cilicia"

by Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program

University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191 on the Fresno State campus.
Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program with the support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Free admission. Free parking.

Der Mugrdechian traveled to historic Armenia for the second time in the summer of 2013. His visit centered on Armenian Cilicia, including visits to Aintab, Adana, Urfa, Tarsus, Marash, Korikos, and more.  He also visited many of the historic fortresses of the region including Sis and Hromkla. Der Mugrdechian will also relate the story of the reconstruction of the St. Giragos Church in Diyarbakir (Dickranagerd).

Tuesday, September 17 • 7:30PM

"The Emergence of the New Wealthy Class between 1915-1922:
The Seizure of Armenian Property by the Local Elites in Aintab"

by Ümit Kurt, Clark University, Worcester, MA

This lecture reveals the fact that the process of genocide and deportation directed at Aintab Armenians was in fact put into practice by local notables and provincial elites. These local actors prospered transforming them into the new wealthy social stratum through the acquisition of Armenians’ property and wealth. In this respect, Ümit Kurt make the argument that the Union and Progress Party’s (CUP) genocide and deportation decree had a certain social basis through the practice of effective power, control and support mechanism(s) at local levels.


Thursday, September 5 • 7:30PM
"
A Hundred Years Ago... the Armenians of Bitlis"

by Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute, London)

Bitlis was one of the great centers of Armenian civilization, with a unique identity of its own. Armenians lived in this mountainous region, in towns and villages with schools, churches, and monasteries. Today, very little remains of the Armenian past. Most of it was destroyed in the Armenian Genocide and the anti-Armenian policies of the Turkish republic.In this talk, “The Armenians of Bitlis,” historian Ara Sarafian will present a historical-and a contemporary-view of the Armenian presence in Bitlis before 1915.


Friday, April 12, 2013 • 5:30PM

The Fresno premiere of the film "The Son of the Olive Merchant"
with director Matthieu Zeitindjioghlu


Sunday, April 14, 2013 • 2:00PM

“The Sandcastle Girls"-a book presentation
by NY Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian

Supported by the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation and the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Students Organization, and the Armenian National Committee, Central California.

Free admission and free parking.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013 • 7:30PM

“Networks of Knowledge: Communication and Identity in 12th-14th c. Armenia"
by Dr. Sergio La Porta
Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies


Wednesday, April 10, 2013 • 7:30PM

“The Theme of the Armenian Genocide in Literature, Translation, and Cinema" (Part III)
by Dr. Sona Haroutyunian
Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies


Thursday, April 4, 2013 • 7:30PM

“Trans-generational Trauma:  The Impact of the Armenian Genocide on the Second Generation”
by Greg Aftandilian


Friday, March 22, 2013 • 7:30PM

“The 25th Anniversary of the Karabagh Movement"
with Robert Avetisyan,
Special representative of the Republic of Karabagh to the United States

Supported by the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation and the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Students Organization, and the Armenian National Committee, Central California.


Thursday, March 14, 2013 • 7:30PM

“The Theme of the Armenian Genocide in Literature, Translation, and Cinema" (Part II)
by Dr. Sona Haroutyunian
Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies

The second lecture in the series will focus on translation as an instrument, which brings greater attention to the historical phenomenon of the Armenian Genocide. Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the Armenian Students Organization.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

5:00PM Reception, 6:00PM Dinner
Armenian Studies Program 25th Annual Banquet
featuring author Matthew Karanian
"The Stone Garden Guide to Armenia and Karabagh"


Monday, February 25, 2013 • 7:30PM

“The Theme of the Armenian Genocide in Literature,
Translation, and Cinema" (Part I)
by Dr. Sona Haroutyunian
Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies

The first lecture in the series will focus on the literary genre as an instrument, which brings greater attention to the historical phenomenon of the Armenian Genocide.

University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Fresno State
Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and
the Armenian Students Organization.


Friday, March 8, 2013 • 7:00-9:30PM

“14th Annual Armenian Film Festival"

Industrial Technology Building, Room 101
Supported by the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation.
Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the Armenian Students Organization.

Free admission and free parking.


Friday, February 8, 2013 • Reception 6:30-7:30PM

7:30PM-“Armenian Jerusalem: Past and Present"
a symposium

“Lament for the City: Jerusalem and the Armenians in the Medieval Period” by Tamar M. Boyadjian, UCLA

“Armenian Jerusalem Through the Eyes of a Pilgrim” by Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Fresno State

“Negotiating the Sacred and Secular: The Armenian Heritage in Jerusalem” by Sergio La Porta, Fresno State

“Jerusalem in a Critical Period: Challenges facing the New Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem” by Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This symposium examines the historic role of the Armenian presence in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Each presentation gives a different view of the significance of Jerusalem to Armenians.

Free admission. Parking in Lots A and J.

University Business Center
Room 191, Alice Peters Auditorium
Fresno State.

Supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.
Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the Armenian Students Organization.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 2:00-5:00PM

“Armenian Song and Dance Workshop"
by Hasmik Harutyunyan

Free admission. Free Parking on Saturday.
South Gym Room 133, Fresno State


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 • 7:30PM

"Historic Armenia: Memories and Images"
by Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Barlow Der Mugrdechian at Aghtamar

Der Mugrdechian traveled to historic Armenia in summer of 2012, visiting Kars, Ani, Van, Aghtamar, Bitlis, Moush, and Erzerum. The rich cultural history of Armenia was much in evidence, with many Armenian churches and areas where Armenian had lived. The Monastery of Varag and the Arakelots Monastery of Moush were among the historic and moving sites that he visited. He will tell about the changes that are taking place in Turkey regarding Armenian monuments and churches.

Der Mugrdechian is Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program.

University Business Center
Room 191, Alice Peters Auditorium
Fresno State

Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the Armenian Students Organization.


Monday, January 28, 2013 • 7:30PM

“Treasures of Faith: Sacred Objects from the Armenian Churches of Constantinople"
by Dr. Ron Marchese

The lecture will present findings from Dr. Marchese's research into the sacred art treasures of the Armenian Churches of Constantinople.

Dr. Marchese is Professor of ancient history and archaeology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Free admission. Parking in Lots A and J with permit.

University Business Center
Room 191, Alice Peters Auditorium
Fresno State.

Leon S. Peters Foundation Lecture.

Co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the Armenian Students Organization. Partially funded by the Associated Students, Inc.