President of Haigazian University in Lebanon to Speak at Fresno State

~ By Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program

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The Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, president of Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon, will discuss “Armenian Educational Life in Lebanon: Haigazian University” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191, on the Fresno State campus.

The presentation is part of the Armenian Studies Program Fall Lecture Series, which is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Haigazian University was founded in 1955 and is a liberal arts university that emphasizes a challenging curriculum, good teacher-student relations, and empowerment through the free search for truth.

Dr. Haidostian will discuss the mission of Haigazian University in the context of Armenian life in Lebanon. The University faces a variety of challenges related to regional tensions, socioeconomic problems of its students, as well as securing a stable financial future. Haidostian will speak about these challenges and about the general status of higher education in Lebanon.

Haidostian was appointed President of Haigazian University in 2002. He received a Masters in Divinity (M. Div.) from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut in 1987 and a Ph.D. in 1994 from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the Chair, Central Committee of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East.

Dr. Haidostian is actively involved in the leadership of numerous international, regional and local educational, ecclesiastical and ecumenical bodies and institutions.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available, using parking code 273707 (use the code in kiosks in the parking area to receive the permit) at Fresno State Lots P5 and P6, near the University Business Center, Fresno State.

INFO: Visit www.fresnostate.edu/armenianstudies or call 559.278.2669.

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