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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


joe bidenJimenez-Sandoval

107th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

President Joseph Biden's Statement on the 107th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

President Biden's Statement

Fresno State Interim President Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval's Statement on the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval's statement

The Latest-Upcoming Events


Armenian Studies Program 35th Annual Banquet

Sunday, March 26, 2023
5:00P-Reception; 6:00PM-Dinner

Reservation Required-$60 per person; $30 for Fresno State students

Call the Armenian Studies Program for reservations: 559-278-2669 or


"Gojabashian: Blessed Hands of the Armenian Heritage"
Art Exhibition

Opening Reception-Meet the Artist

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery
University Library-Second Floor
Free admission. Free parking in Lot P30 or P31. Parking with permit code

The exhibition runs Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 30 in the University Library, during regular Library Hours. Library Hours


"Motherland Documentary"

discussion with director Vic Gerami
Friday, April 14, 2023

Zoom link:

co-sponsored by CineCulture

More information: Motherland


"Armenian Art: Current Directions and Future Goals"

Inaugural Grace and Paul Shahinian Armenian Christian Art Series
by Dr. Christina Maranci
Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Harvard University
Saturday, April 15, 2023

Smittcamp Alumni House, Fresno State
2625 E, Matoian Way
Free admission. Free parking in Lot P1 or P2. Parking Permit NOT REQUIRED.

More information: 

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.