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May 2019

A Tale of Two Grigors: Aghet and Impossibility of Language in Narekatsi and Beledian

May 23 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Dr. Hagop Gulludjian is in charge of Western Armenian at UCLA within the Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies. He holds a doctorate of Letters and an MBA. He has researched and published on medieval Armenian poetry; heritage language and language vitality; interactions between virtuality, culture and diasporas; and modern to postmodern Diaspora Armenian literature. Currently, he is doing research and writing on the mystical poetry of Grigor Narekatsi and on contemporary Diaspora literature by Nigoghos Sarafian and Krikor Beledian. He…

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Revolution, Democracy, Security

May 17 @ 2:00 pm
Bunche 6275,

Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of the Security Council in the Republic of Armenia, gained his BA in International Relations from Yerevan State University and MA in the same field from the American University of Armenia. Since then he has participated in various international educational projects inter aliain the USA, Finland, and Italy. Recently, he served concurrently as Visiting Lecturer in World Politics and International Relations at the Armenian-Russian (Slavonic) University and as Project Coordinator of Electoral Programs at the Transparency International…

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Overview of 21st Century Armenian Prose

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Dr. Anahid Aramouni Keshishian is Lecturer in Eastern Armenian in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. She received her BA from both Yerevan State University and the University of Laverne, while gaining her Ph.D from the Institute of Literature in Yerevan. Her dissertation on American-Armenian author Hagop Karapents was published by the Academy of Sciences in Armenia in 1999. Dr. Keshishian is also founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles-based art organization Arena Productions through the…

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April 2019

Writing The Past From Diaspora

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Karen Jallatyan received a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Philosophy from UCLA. A Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature in the University of California, Irvine, he is completing a dissertation on contemporary global Armenian filmmakers and writers who contribute to the emergence of a diaspora culture by transforming inherited national artistic traditions.     How does the fictionalization of the national past by diaspora authors diasporize literature? To answer this question, this talk will explore the ways in…

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Undergraduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royce 306,

6:30 p.m.-7:00 Refreshments   7:00-7:10 Opening Remarks Ara Mandjikian - Director of the 2019 Undergraduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies                  Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA Dr. S. Peter Cowe - Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies Near Eastern Languages and                Cultures, UCLA   Panel 1: Contemporary Issues of Armenian Language Acquisition Chair: Ani Setian (Anthropology, UCLA)   7:10-7:30 Gevick Safarians, “An Assessment of Armenian-American Language Anxiety” (Neuroscience,         UCLA)   7:30-7:50 Irene Baghdasaryan, “The Taguhi Summeer Day Camp…

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Ottoman Armenian Theater and the Role of Actresses in Forging New Cultural Norms

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kaplan Hall 365,

The presentation discusses the emergence of theater among Ottoman Armenians in the 19th century in the context of modernization and national awakening and the role Armenian actresses had in the development and popularization of the art. Theater played the dual role of reflecting and serving as an agent of sociocultural and political shifts. Largely concentrating on Azniv Hrachia's memoirs, Dr. Khalapyan illustrates how the stage allowed women to participate in forming public opinion on a new national identity, in the…

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March 2019

Tigran Mansurian 80th Anniversary Celebration

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jan Popper Theater,

Sponsored by the Herb Alpert School of Music Co-sponsored by Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Symposium: "East and West: Search for Meeting Point" 2:00pm - 5:30pm March 6th, Jan Popper Theater FREE ADMISSION Armenia’s foremost living composer’s 80th anniversary is celebrated during a day-long symposium. Featured symposium speakers include composer/pianist Artur Avanesov (Armenia); Artistic Administrator of Seattle Symphony, Elena Dubinets; Director of Lark Musical Society, Vatsche Barsoumian, and Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies at UCLA, Peter Cowe. Gala Concert 8:00pm…

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February 2019

Graduate Seminar in Armenian Studies: Women During and After the Velvet Revolution in Armenia

February 25 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 311,

Dr. Gohar Shahnazaryan is Director of the Yerevan State University Center for Gender and Leadership Studies (www.ysu.am/gender) and Co-Director of the Women’s Resource Center NGO (www.womenofarmenia.org) in Armenia. She holds a PhD in Sociology. Currently Dr. Shahnazaryan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Sociology at YSU. She was a visiting scholar at the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University and at the Institute of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley on an…

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January 2019

Living Diaspora Concert

January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Event Flyer Living Diaspora Concert Artistic Director Greg Hosharian. Featuring: Tinie T, Mihran Kirakosian, Jacob Armen, R-Mean, Ayline Amirayan, Alene Aroustamian, Jon Vato, and Hovig  Demirjian. Royce Hall | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Ticketed Event   To reserve your tickets please visit: Ticketmaster Royce Hall

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Living Diaspora

January 19 @ 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Melintz Hall, Royce Hall 314,

Event Flyer It is our esteemed pleasure to invite you in joining Melkonian Global Overture, to celebrate 50 Years of Narekatsi Armenian Studies Chair at UCLA. On January 19, 2019,  MGO will host Living Diaspora, a day of events at UCLA to support the Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies and other important language studies programs around the globe. UCLA has an important educational place in our community and the Narekatsi Chair has been contributing to the scholarly exchange in Armenian…

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