Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, will lead off a series of lectures and events during February and March with a two-part lecture on Armenian-American literature.
The first lecture on “Armenian-American Literature: The First Generation” will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191.
Der Mugrdechian will discuss the development of Armenian-American literature in the early 20th century and literary themes through the works of Leon Serabian Herald, William Saroyan and other early Armenian-American writers.
The second lecture, “The Theme of Genocide in Twentieth Century Armenian-American Literature, will be April 27.
The events are free and open to the public. Relaxed parking will be available in the University Business Center parking lot after 7 p.m.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and Armenian Students Organization of Fresno State and is the part of the ninth Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor Series.
Other events during February and March include:
- The 12th Annual Armenian Film Festival: 7 p.m. March 4 in the Industrial Technology Building, Room 101. Free admission.
- Armenian Song and Dance Workshop with Hasmik Harutyunyan: 1 p.m. March 5 in the South Gym, Room 133. Admission is $10 for the public and free for Fresno state students. Reservations are required at 278.2669.
- Dr. James Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, speaking on Missak Metsarents: 7:30 p.m. March 16 in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191. Admission is free.
- 23rd Annual Armenian Studies Program Banquet: University Dining Hall. $50 per person. $25 Fresno State students. Reservations: 559.278.2669.
- Dr. Hayk Demoyan, director of the Armenian Genocide Museum of Yerevan, Armenia: 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191. Admission is free.
- Matthew Karanian, Armenian Jerusalem through Photos: 7:30 p.m. March 30 in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191.
For more information on the events, call the Armenian Studies Program at 278.2669.