Nika Babayan will present a lecture, “Awards of Armenia and the Armenian Church,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the University Business Center in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Room 191). The free, public presentation is part of the Fall Lecture Series of the Armenian Studies Program. Armenian awards (orders, medals, badges and tokens) have been given since the 17th century. The awards can be divided into three groups: awards of Armenia (First Republic, Soviet Armenia, the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh); awards of the Armenian Church (Apostolic, Catholic and Protestant); and Armenia Diaspora awards. Babayan will discuss these awards, how they were established and how they are awarded today. Babayan has published two books on the topic: “Awards of Armenia, 1918-1939″ and “Awards of the Armenian Church.” Babayan is a graduate of Yerevan State University. He has had extensive experience in the cultural and musical fields in the Republic of Armenia. He is currently the general manager of the Cadence Music Center and previously was general manager of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia. From 1990 to 1993, he was manager of the Armenian TV and Radio State Chamber Choir. Free parking is available in Fresno State lots P5 and P6, near the University Business Center. INFO: Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669 or visit the website.