IRVINE—On Thursday, January 17, the Armenian History Lecture Series kicks off with “The Armenian Genocide in Literature, Perceptions of those who Lived through the Years of Calamity” with Rubina Peroomian. Peroomian is an associate researcher at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. She has been a lecturer of Armenian language, literature and history and the Armenian Question at UCLA, University of Laverne, and Glendale College.
Armenian History will also welcome a lecture by S. Peter Cowe, professor of Armenian language and culture at UCLA, in early 2013; and Giusto Traina, professor of Roman history at the Paris-Sorbonne University, will lecture on “Tigran the Great, King of Kings” on May 28, 2013. Traina is currently involved in long-term research about ancient Armenia.
Founding supporters of Armenian History, Dr. Garo Tertzakian and Mrs. Sylvie Tertzakian, also hosted their annual fundraiser for Armenian History in mid December. This marks the fifth year Armenians from the Orange County community will gather to raise funds in support of the growth of Armenian history at UCI.
Established in 2007, Armenian History at the University of California, Irvine offers undergraduate courses in ancient and modern Armenian history. The program also sponsors quarterly public lectures aimed at bringing the history and cultural topics surrounding modern day Armenia to the broader Orange County community.
Made possible through generous gifts to the program, the 2012 Armenian History Lecture Series, included lectures by 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 Karabakh Conflict From Ceasefire to Safarov” with Levon Marashlian.
This year’s course offerings in ancient and modern Armenian history continued to see strong student enrollments and the winter 2013 offering in Modern Armenian History should be no exception. Celebrated Armenian historian and professor emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA, Richard Hovannisian, will join the faculty as a guest lecturer.