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Armenian Studies Program


Welcome to 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.

Ralph Shabazian

Ralph Shabazian Endowed Armenian Memorial Fund Established with Gift of $700,000

Ralph Shabazian Endowed Armenian Fund


Florence Elaine Hamparson

Florence Elaine Hamparson Endowed Armenian Memorial Fund Established with Gift of $450,000

Florence Elaine Hamparson Endowed Armenian Fund

The Latest-Upcoming Events

Genocide Awareness Week

Genocide Awareness Week-2024

"Collective and State Violence in Turkey"

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Moderator: Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian
Panelists: Hamit Bozarslan, David Gaunt, Aysenur Korkmaz

Panel Information

Peter Balakian

"Armenian Memory, Writing Across Borders: A Reading and Talk"

with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Peter Balakian

Monday, April 22, 2024
6:00PM Reception
7:00PM Presentation

University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Fresno State
5245 N Backer Ave., Fresno

Elyse Semerdjian

"Remnants: Embodied Archives of the Armenian Genocide"

by Dr. Elyse Semerdjian

Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University

Thursday, April 25, 2024
7:00PM Presentation

Smittcamp Alumni House
2625 E. Matoian Way, Fresno State
Free admission. Free parking with parking code in Lots P1 or P2.


Screening of "Amerikatsi"

discussion with director Michael Goorjian
Friday, April 26, 2024
5:30PM Screening followed by a discussion with the director

Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Auditorium (west end of the SaveMart Center)
5010 N Woodrow Ave. (Shaw and Woodrow entrance)

Free admission and free parking.

Armenian Genocide Monument

Armenian Genocide Monument Unveiled at Historic Ceremony

4,000 plus attended on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Fresno State's Maple Mall

Photo by Paul Schlesinger, The Collegian

On Sunday, November 2, 2014 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 Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee-Fresno.