Diaspora Minister meets with participants of 6th Pan-Armenian Conference of Writers

On October 12, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received the participants of the 6th Pan-Armenian Conference of Writers (Diaspora Armenian writers composing in Armenian and foreign languages) led by President of the Union of Writers of Armenia Edward Militonyan.

Militonyan presented the results of the October 8-12 conference held in Tsaghkadzor and stated that the participants addressed the current issues related to Armenian literature.

Greeting the guests, the Minister of Diaspora stated that Armenian presses actively provided coverage of the conference, providing Armenian society with the opportunity to become familiar with Diaspora Armenian writers and their works. The Minister also attached importance to the presentation of Armenian books and the ideas of Armenians in foreign languages. “Contemporary Armenian literature is a great wealth that should be accessible to not only Armenian, but also foreign readers. In this sense, the role of Armenian writers composing in foreign languages is very important. Most of the Diaspora Armenian writers also participated in the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference, and these two conferences served as the best opportunity for the establish of new relationships between readers and writers and between writers of Armenia and the Diaspora,” the Minister stated.

The Minister added that Armenian writers are the décor of intelligentsia since they not only create new works, but also bear and preserve the native language in foreign countries.

Minister Hranush Hakobyan awarded Armenian American writer, translator and editor Sargis Vahagn with the William Saroyan Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, highly appreciating his activities contributing to the dissemination of Armenian culture abroad and his contributions to the development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership with his work.

Sargis Vahagn expressed gratitude for the cordial reception and award and stated that he is proud of the activities of the Ministry of Diaspora.

President of Vernatun Union of Armenian Writers of Georgia, former Member of the Parliament of Georgia Zhora Snkhchyan emphasized the fact that the Union manages to solve its problems quickly through active cooperation with the Ministry of Diaspora.

Iranian-Armenian writer Varand donated his latest book to the Minister of Diaspora, noting that the meetings in the format of conferences serve as the best opportunity for writers to work together, as well as develop and implement joint literary and cultural programs.

Romanian-Armenian writer Madlen Garagashyan stressed the fact that the “Ari Tun” Program is the best program for helping Armenians return to their roots, and this year, two female representatives of her community participate in the program, returned to Romania and became actively engaged in the programs for preservation of the Armenian identity. They also undertake interesting initiatives.

Lebanese-Armenian writer, publicist Khatchig Dedeian congratulated the Minister of Diaspora on the recent release of her encyclopedic book “The Armenian Diaspora in the Changing World” and stated the following: “Mrs. Hakobyan, you also write and create, and we are glad that your book, which is devoted to all the Armenian communities of the Diaspora, will help us find the solutions to many issues.”

Armenian American Fira Akian stated that the Ministry received her with the warmth that a writer needs to be filled with positive emotions.

Issues on holding the days of Iranian-Armenian, Georgian-Armenian and Istanbul-Armenian writers in Armenia, as well as the organizing of a wide-format consultation for young writers.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Diaspora donated the Literary Diaspora 2016 Yearbooks to the writers.

Let’s support Armenian soldiers with our donations

Every year, young Armenian boys die or become disabled while defending the borders of the Republic of Armenia. Every year, an Armenian family loses a son, a wife loses a husband and a child remains without the care of a father. Those young boys make the greatest sacrifice to ensure the security of Armenia.

According to Hayern Aysor, the Armenian people have consolidated their potential to help the families having lost sons and to support the recovery of the brave boys who have been wounded while defending the homeland. For this purpose, on 15 December 2016, the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia passed the Law “On compensation for damages caused to the life or health of servicemen during the defense of the Republic of Armenia”.

By this Law, each person working with an employment contract in the Republic of Armenia shall give AMD 1,000 a month for financial assistance to the families of soldiers and servicemen. The funds will then be transferred to the families of deceased or missing servicemen or disabled servicemen.

Based on the relevant article of the Law, the Servicemen Insurance Fund was established on 16 January 2017.

The second way of collecting funds is donation. The Fund has tried to make donating as easy and accessible as possible. You can donate by visiting the Fund’s website at www.1000plus.am. A donor simply has to choose the amount of the donation, give his or her name and last name, address and enter the data on his or her credit card.

Alongside the donation, the donor can also leave a message and share information about his donation on social networks.

Throughout the first eight months following the Fund’s establishment, the Fund has collected AMD 72 million (approximately $150,000) through donations. There have been donations from more than 14 countries. Most of the donations have been made from the following three countries:

  1. Armenia (AMD 50 mln, approximately $104,000)
  2. France (AMD 7 mln, approximately $15,000)
  3. Cyprus (AMD 4.8 mln, approximately $10,000)

Thanks to its Facebook page, the Fund is also accessible to social network users.

Tickets on Sale For 9th Annual AGBU Performing Artists in Concert

AGBU New York Special Events Committee (NYSEC) presents the ninth annual AGBU Performing Artists in Concert which will take place on Friday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert traditionally benefits AGBU performing arts initiatives worldwide.

Dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Union of Composers of Armenia, this year’s concert showcases the talents of musicians from Armenia, France, Lebanon, Switzerland and the United States. Along with young artists, the event will feature well-known musicians, tenor Berj Karazian, an Honored Artist of Armenia and a soloist of the Yerevan State Opera Theater, and conductor and pianist Vahan Mardirossian, who will serve as the artistic director of the evening.

“I debuted at Carnegie Hall 12 years ago as a young pianist. I remember the simultaneous feelings of excitement and pride. I know very well the feelings of these young musicians before their debut in this iconic venue, which has become the beginning of amazing artistic adventures for many great musicians,” said Mardirossian, the principal conductor of the Caen Symphony Orchestra (France) and music director of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.

This year’s ensemble is comprised of AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship recipients, including Albert Newberry (piano); Tamar Eskenian (shvi/flute); Lucine Harutyunyan (violin); Ani Karapetyan (violin); Cara Pogossian (viola); Edvard Pogossian (cello) and Matthew Taylor (dancer). They are students or graduates of well-known educational institutions, such as Haute Ècole de Musique in Lausanne, the Yerevan State Conservatory, London’s Royal Academy of Music, Mannes School of Music in New York, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout years, the AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship has supported training of many gifted Armenian artists at renown universities and conservatories.

The concert will include favorites of Western classical and Armenian music. Along with well-known compositions by Beethoven, Chopin, Dvořák, Schuman Tigranyan and Mirzoyan, guests will be treated to works by young Armenian composers and Waltz by Aram Satyan, president of the Union of Composers of Armenia, specially arranged for the chamber ensemble of the evening.

Tickets for the benefit concert are on sale now. Seats are available in the orchestra and front balcony for $65 and in the rear balcony for $35. To purchase tickets through Carnegie Hall, call Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800, visit www.carnegiehall.org, or call AGBU at (212) 319-6383.

To contribute to AGBU NYSEC initiatives, please visit https://donate.agbu.org/agbu-nysec-initiatives.

Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.

 For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit www.agbu.org.

Armenian soldier received necessary treatment with support of council of St. Nazareth Armenian Church of Calcutta

On October 12, at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received Sergeant Gevorg Dadasyan, who received a heavy injury during the military operations that took place on the line of contact of the troops of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan in November 2016. Dadasyan was accompanied by spiritual leader of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, His Grace, Fr. Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, reported the Information System of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to Hayern Aysor.

Bishop Vrtanes informed His Holiness that the soldier, who left for India with the blessing of His Holiness a couple of months ago, has received necessary treatment with the support of the council of the St. Nazareth Armenian Church in Calcutta.

Giving his blessings and expressing his wishes to the brave young Armenian, the Catholicos of All Armenians stated that it is great consolation to support, in any way possible, the brave Armenians who put their lives at risk for the homeland and keep the borders of the homeland safe and secure with their service. The Supreme Patriarch also stated that, from now on, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin will continue to show its support to help wounded soldiers receive treatment and recover.

Head of the Office for Social Services at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Rev. Fr. Priest Marcos Mangasaryan was attending the meeting.

New funicular to boost development of tourism in Armenia’s south

 A funicular will be built in the Armenian community of Khndzoresk which is widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and an ancient cave settlement.

An initial batch of $6.1 million will be invested in the project which will benefit the development of tourism in the region.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of minister of economic development and invesments Suren Karayan, as well as representatives from ArmHydroEnergyProject and Garaventa AG.

The minister hailed the agreement as a means of enhancing the attractiveness of the whole province of Syunik in Armenia’s south.

The region, by the way, hosts a number of tourist sites, including ancient monasteries, natural monuments, forest reserves, as well as the Zorats Karer, which is believed to be a prehistoric archaeological site.

Armenians of Malaysia spare no effort to preserve Armenian language, faith and culture

The Armenian community in the distant Malaysia is small, but the trace of the Armenians is large.

When Malaysia was entering a new stage of development 200 years ago, the authorities were trying to attract the attention of merchants and businessmen from all parts of the world in order to promote the development of investments. On the road, Malaysia also sparked interest among Armenians. In the past, Armenians would mainly move to Malaysia from India and Old Julfa, settle and, in a very short amount of time, play a role in the history of the country’s economy, culture and architecture.

This s what leader of the Armenian community of Malaysia Emil Petrosyan stated, adding that the Armenians have left a very significant trace in Malaysia.

“The buildings built by Armenians remain standing to this day. Among them is the Eastern and Oriental Hotel where the names of the Armenian founders are preserved. The suites and buildings of the hotel are named after the founders. Today, there are Armenian streets in Kuala Lumpur, including Armenia Street and Aratoon Road. In fact, these are the most famous roads and always spark the interest of tourists,” Emil Petrosyan said.

Over the years, the local Armenians have moved to other countries. First, they settled in Singapore, and later, during WWI, they settled in Australia and New Zealand. There is no information about the Armenians who moved to Malaysia after the 1930s.

Years later, Armenians started settling in Malaysia in the 2000s. The formation of the modern Armenian community starts from that period. Currently, the few Armenians in Malaysia are mainly based in Kuala Lumpur. According to Emil Petrosyan, there are nearly 45 Armenians living in Malaysia today.

“The local Armenians are from different countries. There are a few families from Armenia. There are also many mixed marriages. The spheres of activity of the Armenians are business, telecommunication, service, education and finance. Most of them are top specialists,” Emil Petrosyan said.

There is no Armenian school in Malaysia. Consequently, the burden of preserving the Armenian language is on the shoulders of parents. There is also no Armenian church in Malaysia, but this doesn’t bother the Armenians from saying prayers in Armenian.

This year, a historic event took place in the Armenian community. On February 4, a Holy Mass was served at the St. Michael Archangel Russian Orthodox Church in Kuala Lumpur for the first time ever. The Holy Mass was served by Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Zaven Yazichyan.

“This was truly a historic moment. For decades, no prayer had been said in Armenian here. This was made possible through the efforts of the Armenian community. Among the attendees of the Holy Mass were all members of the community, guests and friends of the Armenian nation. After the Holy Mass, three children were baptized during a Holy Baptism ceremony,” Emil Petrosyan said.

Touching upon how informed the Malaysians are about Armenia, Emil Petrosyan stated that the Malaysians know about the Armenians, but not Armenia. Many don’t know where Armenia is on the map and what touristic attractions there are in Armenia. There is a lot of work to do in that direction. Emil Petrosyan noted that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has recently been helping get Armenia recognized.

As far as the flow of tourists from Armenia to Malaysia is concerned, the tourists are also passive, and Emil Petrosyan says it is due to the high airfare.

Anna Gziryan

Source: Armenpress

Armenia ranked as “Innovation Achiever” in Global Innovation Index 2017

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations Zohrab Mnatsakanyan participated in the Global Innovation Index 2017 roundtable discussion hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD Business School and Cornell University in New York.

As reported the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations at the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Hayern Aysor, the participants of the event, which gathered the top innovation experts, as well as representatives of academic circles and UN member states, discussed the role of innovation in the sense of promoting economic growth and sustainable development, as well as the results and methodology of the ratings for the year 2017.

Referring to Armenia’s example, the participants stated that innovation is not limited to the world’s leaders in economy. Based on the Global Innovation Index 2017 ratings, Armenia is ranked as “Innovation Achiever” along with 17 developing countries presented with high indicators of effectiveness and performance of innovation.

The Global Innovation Index rates the innovative potential of the economies of countries. The Global Innovation Index 2017 rating is based on 81 criteria for the economies of 127 countries (92.5% of the world’s population and 97.6% of the global GDP).

Actor John Malkovich hosted at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On October 12, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received famous Hollywood actor, director, screenwriter and producer Mr. John Malkovich and his partner Ms. Nicoletta Peyran; who arrived in Armenia to participate the opening ceremony of the 5th Aram Khachaturian International Music Festival. They were accompanied by Mr. Armen Smbatyan, Adviser of the President of the Republic of Armenia on International Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation and Mr. Sergey Smbatyan, Conductor and artistic director of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, reported the Information Service of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to Hayern Aysor.

His Holiness expressed his appreciation to Mr. Malkovich for his sincere feelings towards the Armenian people, as well as for the recitation from Grigor Narekatsi’s “The Book of Lamentations” during the festival opening, which gave the Armenian audience an unforgettable experience and caused great enthusiasm.

In his remarks, His Holiness reflected on the spiritual and cultural heritage created by the strong faith of the Armenian people over centuries, which today holds an important place in world culture.

Catholicos Karekin II also stressed that the organization of such cultural events current during times of social-economic difficulties and the constant threat of the resumption of war, is a great comfort to the people. His Holiness emphasized that Armenian society continues to contribute to the cultural sphere, becoming a part of world-famous artists’ works and publications.

In turn, the renowned actor expressed gratitude to the Catholicos of All Armenians for the warm words, expressing his joy on the occasion of being in Armenia. He presented his future ambitions to His Holiness.

During the meeting, His Holiness answered the questions of Mr. Malkovich concerning the history of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and its role in the life of the Armenian people, as well as the vital activity of the Armenian communities in the Diaspora.

At the conclusion, the Catholicos of All Armenians wished to Mr. Malkovich success in continuing his mission in the field of art.

The meeting was attended by His Eminence Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisyan, Director of the External Relations and Protocol Department of Mother See.

Concert dedicated to 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Egypt held in Cairo

On October 8, the string quartet of the Ashot Tigranyan Cultural Musical Foundation gave a concert dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Egypt at the Opera House in Cairo. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Egypt and the Armenian Prelacy of Cairo, reported the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Hayern Aysor.

Among the guests were officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, representatives of the diplomatic corps and Egyptian-Armenians.

In his opening remarks, RA Ambassador to Egypt Armen Melkonyan highly appreciated the achievements that Armenia and Egypt have made through their cooperation over the past 25 years and touched upon the perspectives of development of interstate relations.

The quartet performed Armenian and world classical music.

6th Euro-Caucasian Congress of Cardiology kicks off

On October 13 at 9:00, the RA Ministry of Diaspora, the RA Ministry of Healthcare and Action Health Armenia-France will launch the 6th Euro-Caucasian Congress of Cardiology, which will gather 38 renowned foreign and Diaspora Armenian cardiologists from France, Monaco, Great Britain, Lebanon, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Italy. Nearly 250 cardiologists will participate in the seminars to be held as part of the congress.

RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, RA Minister of Healthcare Levon Altunyan, as well as famous cardiologists Paul Barragan, Avedis Matikian and Alec Vahanian will give their welcoming remarks.

The goal of the congress is to help enhance the field of cardiology, consolidate the potential of Armenian cardiologists around the world, foster cooperation of the cardiologists of the Republic of Armenia, the Diaspora and Artsakh, help raise and improve professional qualities and contribute to the exchange of experiences.

Tekeyan Center celebrated its 20th anniversary (photos)

Tekeyan Center Fund celebrated its 20th anniversary with splendor. The Center was established through the close collaboration between Armenia and Diaspora and serves as one of the symbols of the unity of Armenians around the world. Established in 2001 as Tekeyan Center Fund, and liked its founding Tekeyan Trust London, it is important in terms of national preservation.

Through educational, cultural, social and various other humanitarian programs, Tekeyan Center Fund fosters the preservation and dissemination of Armenian national identity and heritage and the strengthening of Armenia-Diaspora relations. Since 2010, the issues of Armenian schools and pupils in Armenia and Artsakh have been in the Fund’s focus. The Fund is also active in the cultural sector, organizing multi-genre exhibitions and introducing contemporary Armenian artists to the public at large. The Fund actively collaborates with state and non-governmental organizations of Armenia and abroad, as well as several Armenian organizations of the Armenian Diaspora.

As reported the Fund to Hayern Aysor, the event at Tekeyan Center was attended by representatives of state organizations and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, as well as benefactors and supporters from Armenia’s provinces, Artsakh and the Diaspora.

In his opening remarks, President of the Board of Trustees of Tekeyan Center Fund Vartan Ouzounian congratulated the attendees on the beautiful occasion and expressed his gratitude to all the benefactors, supporters and partners of Tekeyan Center from Armenia and the Diaspora thanks to whom the Fund was established and grew. The President presented the idea of the Center, its past and current programs. All this was also presented briefly in a slide show.

Talking about the Center’s future actions, Director Armen Tsulikyan particularly expressed concern about the preservation of Armenian schools in the Diaspora and added that the Fund is ready to work closely with the RA Ministry of Education and Science and develop a serious strategy on prevention of the closure of schools.

In her speech, Head of the Department for Relations with Pan-Armenian, International and Ecclesiastical Organizations at the RA Ministry of Diaspora Knarik Petrosyan touched upon the longstanding cultural and benevolent activities of Tekeyan Center Fund and Tekeyan Trust London for preservation of the Armenian identity, the development and dissemination of Armenian culture and for being useful to the Homeland. She also attached importance to the pro-Armenian program of the Fund that provides the young generation with a spiritual and cultural upbringing. Highly appreciating the pro-national cooperation with the RA Ministry of Diaspora, Petrosyan granted the certificate of appreciation of Minister Hranush Hakobyan “on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Tekeyan Center and for the significant contributions to the development of cultural ties between Armenia and the Diaspora”.

Tekeyan Center Fund also received a certificate of appreciation from Director of the Museums of the City of Shushi SNCO Lusine Gasparyan “for close collaboration and the implementation of cultural programs, maintenance of a healthy spiritual and cultural environment in Artsakh and development of the aesthetic taste of future generations”.

Head of the Division for Relations with the Diaspora at the RA Ministry of Education and Science Karen Mnatsakanyan valued the participation of Tekeyan Center Fund in educational processes and also stated the Fund’s active participation in and great contribution to the construction of schools. Touching upon the issue of Armenian schools in the Diaspora, he said the following: “One of the current concerns of the RA Ministry of Education and Science is the preservation of Armenian schools. If we all consistently become engaged in this process, then the issue of preservation of the Armenian identity in the Diaspora can be considered solved to a certain extent.”

Head of the Department of Culture and Tourism at Yerevan Municipality Ruben Hovhannisyan conveyded the congratulatory message of Mayor Taron Margaryan in which the mayor particularly appreciated the road that Tekeyan Center Fund has taken in the intricate process of preservation and popularization of the type of Armenians. “I am certain that the organization’s cultural, educational and scientific programs are of great strategic significance in their nature since they help form a type of Armenian who will score victories and make achievements in the future.”

The welcoming remarks and congratulatory message of Director of the Museum of History of Yerevan at Yerevan Municipality Armine Sargsyan were read after the speech.

On behalf of the British-Armenian community, Patriarchal Delegate and Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland, Fr. Hovakim Manoukian congratulated Tekeyan Center on the occasion of the anniversary and specifically mentioned that the organization is one of the first to strengthen Armenia-Diaspora relations. Talking about Tekeyan Trust London, His Holiness particularly touched upon his honorable secretary and President of the TCF Vartan Ouzounian, whom His Holiness considers an “ambassador” in London and who empowers Tekeyan’s structures in Amrenia and England. “It would be very nice, if all organizations of the Armenian Diaspora were this connected to the Mother Homeland.”



RA Minister of Diaspora receives Artur Khachatryan

On October 12, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received head of the Armenian community of Kamchatka (Russian Federation) Artur Khachatryan.

Greeting the guest, Minister Hranush Hakobyan highly appreciated the community figure’s active and pro-national efforts.

Artur Khachatryan expressed gratitude for the cordial reception and stated that he is always ready to stand by Armenia’s side. At his initiative, he has purchased a LAZ bus and is preparing to donate it to Artsakh through the “What are YOU doing for Artsakh?” pan-Armenian movement launched by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

Book “Integrated History of the Armenian Community of Iran” presented in Tehran

On the evening of September 13, the Sayat-Nova Hall of Raffi Armenian Sport and Cultural Complex in Tehran hosted the presentation of the book “Integrated History of the Armenian Community of Iran” by researcher, community and cultural activist, Dr. Edik Baghdasarian (E. Germanik).

As reported the Armenian Sport and Cultural Complex to Hayern Aysor, the event began with “The Lord’s Prayer” by the Complex’s choir, after which director of the Complex Vigen Mandani delivered his welcoming remarks and gave the floor to deputy director Roubik Sardarian and the book’s author Edik Baghdasarian.

Dr. Sardarian shared stories about the life and career of Dr. E. Germanik. He stated that Germanik’s first book was the translation of the book “History of Armenia” in two volumes, which sparked great reactions among the Armenians of Iran as it presented the book of famous historians of Soviet Armenia in Persian. Sardarian informed that during the reign of Shah, Germanik received his elementary education at Khoreni School in Heshmatieh district and that the director of the school was a progressive individual who had his positive impact on many people, including Edik Baghdasarian. The Sako Armenian Bookstore, which was located in front of the St. Mary’s Church, served as a great source of information for Edik Baghdasarian. The bookstore managed to import books from Soviet Armenia during the days of the dictatorship of the Shah and introduce Iranian-Armenian intellectuals to the approaches of Soviet Armenian scholars and the events taking place in Soviet Armenia in general.

The speech was followed by the showing of a 15-minute video in which Germanik presented his 138 published and translated books, including 98 historical and cultural books, books devoted to the Armenian Genocide and society, as well as books devoted to technology and particularly computers.

The author of the books also gave a speech in which he expressed his attitude towards his working conditions, issues of different periods and various phenomena. He highlighted the motives behind the publication of so many books and talked about his future plans. Based in Toronto and with certain opportunities, he has planned to translate several books into English, Armenian and Persian.

The concert featured performances of three songs by the Complex’s choir led by artistic director Hamlet Khachaturian, and Magdine Minasian, one of the representatives of the Complex’s cultural unit, recited Armenian poems beautifully.

At the end, RA Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran Artashes Tumanyan gave a speech in which he highly appreciated Baghdasarian’s works and sincerely admitted that he hadn’t been aware of the publications. He also expressed his words of encouragement to the Complex and the Armenian community of Iran.

The Launching of the 37th Volume of the Haigazian Armenological Review

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the 37th volume of the Haigazian Armenological Review was launched in Beirut in the presence of Armenian intellectuals, scholars and a host of guests.

At the center of the Haigazian University Auditorium the books of the late Fr. Antranik Granian, editor-in-chief of the Haigazian Armenological Review were exhibited. Fr. Granian had joined the university faculty in 1978. He headed the editorial board of the Review since 1990 and secured its regular publication with his prudent guidance. During his leadership both the content and qualitative depth of the Review were further enriched, thus making it one of the most sought for Armenian studies periodicals.

The ceremony started with the opening words of Dr. Nanor Karageozian, Director of the Armenian Department of Haigazian University. Dr. Karageozian welcomed the audience and grieved that she joined the Review editorial board lately, and had barely collaborated with Fr. Granian, who passed away on September 27, 2017.

Dr. Karageozian shared with the audience the distinctive characteristics of the work mode and ethic of the editorial board of the Review. She stressed that “working collectively and benefiting from the skills of experts coming from various fields and backgrounds, and completing editing from a multifaceted perspective … are especially important in the field of Armenian Studies, where research is undertaken in numerous places around the world, is disseminated by means of multilingual publications and conferences, and is conducted through multidisciplinary efforts and communication among different experts.” Dr. Karageozian stated that, as a manifestation of that diversity, the 37th volume covers a wide range of topics in the form of 18 research articles, 5 investigative articles, 3 unpublished documents, 7 briefings, 6 book reviews and 16 obituaries. These are authored by 43 scholars coming from the Armenian Diaspora, the Republic of Armenia, and Artsakh.

Dr. Antranik Dakessian, the executive secretary of the Review conducted a power point presentation, which showed the path Fr. Granian had taken at Haigazian University in general and with the Haigazian Armenological Review in particular.

Dr. Vladimir Boghossian, the cultural attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Lebanon, mapped the educational and research centers of the Diaspora, briefed the historical development of the Armenian Studies and argued that the discipline should grow and develop in line with the needs and demands of the time. Dr. Boghossian emphasized the role Hiagazian University plays in the Diaspora, highlighted the contribution of Haigazian’s Armenian Department, the Derian Armenological Library and the Armenian Diaspora Research Center to the growth of Armenian Studies.

The President of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, commemorated late Fr. Granian, and mentioned that Fr. Granian’s presence had an ennobling, encouraging and advancing impact. Rev. Dr. Haidostian stressed that Armenian studies is a part of the Haigazian University mission, because “this discipline is science and science improves the performance of every Armenian.” He reminded that universities and contemporary civilizations cannot generate contemporary concepts, curricula and science without research and research centers.

 Rev. Dr. Haidsotian noted that the Haigazian Armenological Review has become the main address to all those who publish papers in Western Armenian language. Dr. Haidostian thanked the editorial board of the Review and wished them success in their Armenological endeavor.

The ceremony was concluded with the cutting of the traditional cake.

It is worth mentioning that the Review has newly acquired its ISSN (2518-9697).

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