Institute News

Institute Hosts USC POLICY FELLOW from Armenia’s Ministry of Health

LOS ANGELES – Seven mid-career professionals from the Armenian government have been USC POLICY FELLOWS. The USC Institute of Armenian Studies program partners with the City of Los Angeles and the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian to place young Armenian civil servants within City of Los Angeles departments for a three-month work experience that will benefit them and Armenia’s institutional development.

Armenian Dances Preserved in USC Dance Heritage Video Archive

Five recordings of the Sevan Armenian Dance Ensemble have been digitized and included in the Dance Heritage Video Archive at the USC Digital Library. The recordings include Armenian folk dance performances at the International Festival of Performing Arts, at the Music Center, at the Hollywood Bowl Museum and in Yerevan, Armenia in 1992 during the first anniversary celebration of post-Soviet independence.

The USC Institute of Armenian Studies Student Workers Keep Working

LOS ANGELES – When the USC Institute of Armenian Studies kicked off the Spring 2020 semester with its largest ever group of undergraduate and graduate student workers, no one knew that they’d spend a good part of the semester working from home.

USC Tufenkian Travel Scholarship 2020

USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Travel Scholarship to support student research in contemporary Armenian Studies or in any other field that requires travel to Armenia. Research areas include, but are not limited to language, cultural studies, economics, sociology, history, regional studies, environmental science, and political science. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

UNDERSTANDING INDEPENDENCE: Oral Histories of Armenia 1988 – 1996

To understand the experience and the processes that led to Armenia’s eventual independence from the Soviet Union, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is embarking on a new documentation and digitization initiative entitled UNDERSTANDING INDEPENDENCE.

Displaced Persons Documentation Project

In line with its mission to explore and document the contemporary Armenian experience, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies has been engaged in both creating and gathering documents on the unique history of the Armenian Displaced Persons (DP) community formed during and after World War II.

23 Global Researchers to Study Post-Revolution Armenia

LOS ANGELES – The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has selected 23 applicants from nine countries to participate in its 2019 research call, “From a Democratic Breakthrough to Challenges of Consolidation in Armenia.” The grants will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners from around the world to study the current challenges and developments surrounding Armenia, following its political transformation after the “velvet revolution.”

USC Policy Fellows Program Kicks Off With Participants From Armenia and Karabakh

LOS ANGELES – The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has kicked off its third cycle of the USC POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM, in collaboration with the offices of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Los Angeles City Mayor, as well as the Armenian Government through the office of Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan.

Institute Co-sponsors and Presents in Major International Conferences

The USC Institute of Armenian Studies co-sponsored two international conferences in October. The first was entitled “Digital Armenian” and took place in Paris from October 3 to 5. The other was entitled “Diaspora and ‘Stateless Power’: Social Discipline and Identity Formation Across the Armenian Diaspora During the Long Twentieth Century” that took place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from October 12 to 13.

Institute Projects Presented at Oral History Association Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Syuzanna Petrosyan, Associate Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, and Gegham Mughnetsyan, Chitjian Researcher Archivist, presented Institute’s ongoing oral history projects at the annual Oral History Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 17, 2019.

DTLA Film Festival Features Its First Armenian Film, Supported by the Institute

The 11th annual DTLA Film Festival, which is set to run from October 23 to 27 at Regal L.A. LIVE, will be featuring its first Armenian film, with the support of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.

600 Guests Celebrate the USC Institute of Armenian Studies 15th Anniversary

“The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has been doing outstanding work for 15 years,” said Amber Miller, Dean of USC Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “This work is central to one of our key research themes, ‘Identity and Culture in a Changing World.’”

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation and Education

Tucked in between the School of International Relations and the Political Science and Policy departments at USC, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies punches above its weight as it engages with the resources of a global university, and targets the intellectual and strategic needs of the Armenian nation and the Republic of Armenia.

From a Democratic Breakthrough to Challenges of Consolidation in Armenia

This call aims to provide an opportunity for original academic and policy research that will address Armenia’s political transformation.

Armenia’s Government Officials Take the Stage at USC

What happened when a delegation of high-ranking government officials traveled from Yerevan to Los Angeles to take part in INNOVATE ARMENIA on May 18 at the University of Southern California?

Podcast, Podcast: Hear All About It

Podcasts have been around for over a decade, and for those who live in cities where traffic is a way of life, they are a lifesaver. The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has three podcast series already and plans several more.

Dialects of Coffee at Innovate Armenia

“My ninety-two-year-old mother and I have a ritual of afternoon sourj and listening to her great Armenian stories, same as her and her mother once did.

4,000 Attend USC Innovate Armenia Program

INNOVATE ARMENIA – the festival of ideas and innovation – took place at the University of Southern California (USC) on May 18, 2019.

USC Policy Fellows – Fall 2019 Call for Applications

The Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, is announcing a call for applications to the USC Policy Fellows Program.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Welcomes Dr. Shushan Karapetian as Deputy Director

USC Institute of Armenian Studies is proud to welcome Dr. Shushan Karapetian to the position of deputy director. The Institute, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary later this year, has grown to become one of USC’s most visible and active academic centers.

“New Roads” – A New Podcast Channel from the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

Unpacking Armenian Studies, hosted by Ghazarian, is home to interviews with academics, journalists and policymakers in the field of – and on the fringes of – Armenian Studies.

Don’t Miss Innovate Armenia on May 18 at USC

The one-of-a-kind festival of ideas, music and action will, as in years past bring together the best from the world of the arts, politics, music, and everything in between from Armenia, Los Angeles, and around the world.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Announces Chitjian Researcher Archivist

The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has named Gegham Mughnetsyan as the Institute’s Chitjian Researcher Archivist. The naming is in honor of long-time Institute donor, philanthropist and distinguished community member Sara Chitjian.

Through USC, Armenia’s Public Servants Collaborate with City of Los Angeles

How can a university support the efforts of a new government? How can the Diaspora participate in Armenia’s development? These are the questions that the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is asking, and a partial answer has been found in a new program called USC POLICY FELLOWS.

USC Tufenkian Research Scholarship

USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Research Scholarship to support student research in contemporary Armenian Studies.

USC Policy Fellows Program – Call for Applications

The Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, is announcing a call for applications to the USC Policy Fellows Program. Only current civil servants within Armenia’s Government (or other government offices) are eligible to apply.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Convenes an Evening of Appreciation

Nearly two hundred supporters and friends of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in appreciation of USC Provost Michael Quick’s and Vice President for Strategic and Global Affairs Anthony Bailey’s travels to Armenia this past spring to open the END OF TRANSITION: 25 YEARS AFTER SOVIET COLLAPSE international conference. This evening of appreciation, which took place on Sunday, November 19, highlighted not only the USC administration’s support of the Institute but also the extensive array of programming and research the Institute has undertaken in 2017.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Welcomes First Policy Fellows from Armenia

In the framework of the Los Angeles—Yerevan Sister City relationship, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies has initiated the POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM, in collaboration with the office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and the office of Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan.

In Armenia, Going From Politics to Policy

As Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s face filled the screen, the Bovard audience surged to its feet. Acknowledging the standing ovation with a warm smile, the charismatic journalist-turned-parliamentarian shyly waved his hand.

Armen Aroyan Collection at USC Institute of Armenian Studies

One particular client was selling tickets to training events. For each ticket sold we needed to get information on the person who would be using the ticket. We used a custom field called registrant to hold this information.

At Innovate Armenia, Scholars, Artists Rethink, Reimagine, and Redefine Identity, Education, Culture

Saturday was a day to celebrate the Armenian diaspora in all its multicultural splendor — as USC welcomed INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017.

UN Humanitarian Leader in Mosul Headlines INNOVATE ARMENIA Festival

Hovig Etyemezian is only 35, but he has witnessed suffering most people couldn’t imagine in their worst nightmares.

Vordan Karmir from Armenia to Headline Innovate Armenia

Vordan Karmir, a vibrant and powerful presence in Armenian music, will be headlining INNOVATE ARMENIA on September 23, 2016, at the USC campus. The band is named after an Armenian cochineal insect — a worm — that produced what became known as “the Armenian color.” A deep, striking shade of crimson red, the Vordan Karmir dye became an alluring and popular commodity among the peoples of the ancient world.

Re-Learning and Re-Thinking About STEM, About Armenia and Armenians

If Paul Berberian had his way, kindergarteners would start coding as soon as they could count to 10 and recite the alphabet.

A Passion for Postcards

Orlando Carlo Calumeno collects postcards. Not just any postcards, but Anatolian postcards printed between 1895 and 1921. Mementos of a halcyon time and place completely scrubbed from memory by genocide.

Renowned Journalists David and Adi Ignatius Headline INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017

What does it mean to be Armenian in America? Is it possible to thrive with both identities, or must Armenian-Americans choose? The Ignatius brothers tackle these and other thorny issues in lively conversation at USC.

Two Literary Pulitzer Prize Winners Share the Stage at Innovate Armenia

On Saturday, September 23, poet Peter Balakian and novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen will grapple with the shifting place of humanities in a postmodern and possibly “post-book” world. Their conversation is a signature event at INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017—a day of discovery, insightful dialogue, music, food, wine and chess sponsored by USC’s Institute of Armenian Studies.

Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted

THE USC INSTITUTE OF ARMENIAN STUDIES presents a one-of-a-kind installation of extremely rare postcards from Anatolia, displayed alongside scenes from many of the same locations captured a century later.

USC Hosts 3rd Annual INNOVATE ARMENIA Festival

ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies presents INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017, a day of discovery, technology, music, food, wine, chess and lively conversation headlined by a pair of celebrity-journalist brothers and two 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted

Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted was a one-of-a-kind exhibition of rare depictions of Armenian life from turn-of-the-20th-century Ottoman Empire combined with pictures taken a century later by a Brazilian-Armenian photographer. Organized by the Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California (USC), the images were exhibited from August 18, 2017 to January 31, 2018 at USC Doheny Memorial Library.

USC Innovate Armenia – The Retreat

Undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and Canada gathered in Los Angeles on two different weekends to focus on the contemporary Armenian experience and think about Armenian issues in multi-layered and thoughtful ways.

Celebrity Diplomacy: Redefining Armenia’s Role in the Diaspora

Six hundred people came to the University of Southern California to hear scholars and experts talk about the challenges of electoral politics everywhere, and especially in Armenia. Five political scientists, five artists, and three practitioners from six locations spoke about the realities and challenges of democratization. Their message resonated with the capacity crowd at USC’s Bovard Auditorium who interrupted with applause more than a dozen times during the CELEBRITY DIPLOMACY program hosted by USC Institute of Armenian Studies.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies to Host Aurora Prize Laureate Dr. Tom Catena

Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary and the only resident physician practicing under harrowing conditions in the Nuba Mountains in southern Sudan, will be at USC on Tuesday, February 5, for a wide range of programs.