Writer William Saroyan’s longtime Fresno home to open as museum

Author William Saroyan

~ By Barlow Der Mugrdechian, reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com The Fresno house where famed writer William Saroyan spent the last two decades of his life will open as a museum on Aug. 31, the 110th anniversary of his birth, with a private reception. Beginning in September, the William Saroyan House-Museum will be open for tours by […]

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Join us as the University Press celebrates its authors

University Press Author Reception

The Press at California State University, Fresno, will celebrate several of its recently published authors at a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Smittcamp Alumni House. Featured authors and publications will include: Armen Bacon, author of “My Name is Armen (Volume II), Outside the Lines.” This book is a follow-up to Bacon’s […]

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2018 Kazan Visiting Professor impacts Fresno’s Armenian community

From left, Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Yektan Türkyilmaz and Richard Hagopian.

The Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professorship in Armenian Studies is an opportunity that happens only once each academic year, for a semester. This year the Armenian Studies Program hosts Dr. Yektan Türkyilmaz as the Kazan Visiting Professor during the spring semester. Türkyilmaz’ final lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the University Business Center in the Alice Peters Auditorium at Fresno State.

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Armenian Studies Program to hold 30th annual banquet

Armenian Studies banquet

The Armenian Studies Program of Fresno State will hold its 30th annual banquet on Sunday, March 18, at the Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno. This year’s banquet will feature Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro as one of the main speakers. Dr. Castro was appointed the eighth president of Fresno State in 2013.

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Armenian Studies: ‘Armenians, Greeks, and Kurds: A People’s History of the Ottoman Empire’

Armenian Studies presents in International Conference

“Armenians, Greeks, and Kurds: A People’s History of the Ottoman Empire” will be the topic of a major conference organized by the Armenian Studies Program at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept 22, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. There will be a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, immediately preceding the first night’s session. The conference will feature eight scholars from through the United States and Turkey.

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Armenian literature lecture kicks off Fall Lecture Series

Graphic design depicting Christopher Atamian and book cover of "Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France"

A lecture on “Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France: A Zenith of Diasporan Literature,” by author and translator Christopher Atamian at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, is the first presentation in the Armenian Studies Program’s 2017 Fall Lecture Series, supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

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Armenian Genocide commemoration events planned for April 24

Armenian Genocide Memorial

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand will keynote Fresno State’s annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Armenian Genocide Monument at the Maple Mall (south of the Satellite Student Union). The event marks the 102 anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The ceremony will […]

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Armenian Studies celebrates 40 years

VIPs at Armenian Studies banquet

Photo above, from left: Associate Dean Honora Chapman, Dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Dr. Mary Papazian, President Joseph I. Castro, Mary Castro, Dr. Sergio La Porta,  Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Dr. Dennis Papazian and Professor Hagop Ohanessian at the 2017 Armenian Studies Program banquet. ~ By Lisa Maria Boyles, communications specialist for the College of Arts and Humanities In 1977, […]

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President of Haigazian University in Lebanon to Speak at Fresno State

~ By Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Armenian Studies Program 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 […]

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