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  • $100,000 Gift Funds Armenian Studies Lecture Series At UC Irvine

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

    Vahe, center, and Armine Meghrouni, of Newport Beach, greet a friend
    Heidi Aharonian, a ceramics artist, at the 20-year anniversary of The
    Irvine Museum earlier this year

    IRVINE, Calif-The Armenian studies lecture series at the University of
    California, Irvine, continued on February 21 with "Armenia, Armenians,
    and the New World History," a lecture by Steven Rapp, professor of
    history at Sam Houston State University. Rapp's talk, the first under
    the newly-christened Vahe and Armine Meghrouni Lecture Series in
    Armenian Studies, was well-attended by more than 120 students, faculty
    and local community members.

    Before Dr. Rapp's lecture the audience was introduced to the new dean
    of the School of Humanities, Dr. Georges Van Den Abbeele. The dean
    announced the naming of the lecture series and expressed his gratitude
    for Vahe and Armine Meghrouni and their tremendous support of Armenian
    Studies and the School of Humanities.

    Dr. Vahe Meghrouni spoke briefly on the importance of providing a
    place where students can learn the history of Armenia and its people.

    At the end of his remarks Meghrouni announced that he and his wife
    were giving another $100,000 to the Armenian Studies program.

    The Meghrounis, long-time donors to Armenian Studies at UCI,
    generously donated $50,000 to start an endowment fund in support of
    Armenian culture, language and heritage in December 2011, and matched
    their initial gift with another $50,000 in 2012.

    The Meghrouni Lecture Series is a quarterly series of public lectures
    on Armenian history, literature and other relevant topics. They offer
    opportunities for the local Armenian community, and the general
    public, to learn more. This past year the series included lectures by
    Dr. Richard Hovannisian on "The Changing Landscape of Historic Western
    Armenia: Reflections on a Journey into the Past," Talinn Grigor on
    "Dolling-up Yerevan Avant-garde Urbanism in Post-Soviet American
    Politics," Houri Berberian on "Connected Revolutions: Armenians and
    the Russian, Ottoman and Iranian Revolutions of the Early Twentieth
    Century," and "The Armenian Genocide in Literature, Perceptions of
    those who Lived through the Years of Calamity" with Rubina Peroomian.

    The next lecture in the series will be "Reflections on Early Modern
    Global Armenian Print, 1512-1800" by Sebouh Aslanian, the Richard
    Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA, on
    Monday, April 1. On May 28, Giusto Traina, professor of Roman history
    at the Paris-Sorbonne University, will lecture on "Tigran the Great,
    King of Kings." All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. in Humanities Gateway
    1030. Complimentary parking passes can be picked up in Lot 7.

    In addition to the lecture series, a course in Modern Armenian History
    is currently being taught by Dr. Richard Hovannisian, a Distinguished
    Visiting Lecturer, celebrated Armenian historian and professor
    emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA. Undergraduate
    courses in Armenian history continue spring quarter with Ancient
    Armenian History.

    Established in 2007, thanks to the vision of Sylvie and Garo
    Tertzakian, Armenian Studies at UC Irvine has continued to thrive.

    This past December, the Tertzakians hosted their annual fundraiser at
    and helped secure almost $18,000 in pledges from community members to
    support future course offerings.

    The mission of the Armenian Studies program is to provide intellectual
    and social space for any student with an interest in these areas of
    history, but also to provide a cultural framework for students who may
    be interested in learning more about their own heritage or those of
    their neighbors.

    From: A. Papazian