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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian

September 4, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:56:03

Armenians Beyond Diaspora: How They Made Lebanon Their Own — A conversation with Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian about her work understanding Lebanese politics and how “Armenian” space is fashioned in a Lebanon where citizens are demanding the end to a decades-old sectarian government system that has sustained inefficiency, dysfunction and a non-representative, non-merit based power structure. For more, visit Armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Murat Cankara

August 28, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:52:55

Writing Turkish with Armenian letters — Dr. Murat Cankara teaches Turkish language and literature at the Social Sciences University of Ankara. He talks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about how and why 2,000 Armeno-Turkish novels and other works were published over centuries.

For more, visit Armenian.usc.edu.

Additional Resources:

  • Listen to Cankara’s talk at Innovate Armenia 2016: apple.co/3hDR5kC.
  • To read some of Cankara’s articles, visit: asbu.academia.edu/MuratCankara.
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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Nubar Hovsepian

August 14, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:04

‘They needed a real Lebanon’ — Dr. Nubar Hovsepian is associate professor of political science at Chapman University. He speaks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about the Palestinian resistance movement, the role of education in forming national identity, and state building in Lebanon.

For more, visit armenian.usc.edu.

Additional Resources:

  • Hovsepian, Nubar. Palestinian State Formation: Education and the Construction of National Identity. Cambridge Scholars, 2008.
  • Listen to a conversation between Nubar Hovsepian, Arturo Sarukhan,and Manuel Pastor hosted by the Institute about human rights and refugees: bit.ly/2E33y24.
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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Philip Gamaghelyan

July 31, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  01:01:50

Conflict resolution and Nagorno-Karabakh — Dr. Philip Gamaghelyan is an assistant professor of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, and cofounder of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation and Caucasus Edition, an online journal. He talks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about the politics of memory, intervention, and the design of dialogue between Armenians, Turks and Azeris.

For more, visit armenian.usc.edu.

Additional Resources:

  • The Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation is an independent, non-political organization that sustains networks of individuals around the world committed to working across conflict divides. https://www.imaginedialogue.com
  • Caucasus Edition is independent online publication that serves as a forum for scholars, practitioners, journalists, policy analysts and researchers. https://caucasusedition.net
  • Conciliation Resources is a produced film co-produced by Armenian and Azerbaijani journalists and NGO leaders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3yuVOK96RE
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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Myrna Douzjian

July 17, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:30:49

Theatre of the absurd — Dr. Myrna Douzjian teaches Armenian language, theatre, literature, film at UC Berkeley. She is the rare graduate of an Armenian school who pursued Armenian Studies and she speaks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about those challenges as well as the difficulty of studying Armenian literature and drama as part of world literature.

For more, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Ronald Suny

July 3, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:48:16

Soviet history and nationalism — Dr. Ronald Suny is a leading scholar of Imperial Russian and Soviet history, the Caucasus and more recently, of the Armenian Genocide, with significant contribution to the study of history and historiography. He speaks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about socialism, ethnic conflict and revolution.

Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Marc Mamigonian

June 17, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:33:37

50 years of Armenian Studies at NAASR — Marc Mamigonian is the Director of Academic Affairs at the Natl. Assn. for Armenian Studies and Research in Massachusetts. He discusses the trajectory and infrastructure of the field with Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian, and about the demand for rare books.

Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Barlow Der Mugrdechian

May 27, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:43:01

One of the oldest Armenian Studies programs in the US is directed by a 3rd generation Fresnoan. Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program & Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno. He speaks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about growing up in Fresno, visiting Soviet Armenia, wanting to learn Classical Armenian & studying with Armenian Studies giants.

Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Donald Miller

May 7, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  01:00:50

Studying genocides and religion — Dr. Donald Miller, co-founding director of strategic initiatives for the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC, studies global religious trends. He talks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about oral histories of Rwandan and Armenian genocide survivors and the questioning of faith during atrocities.

Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Mehmet Polatel

March 22, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:58

Confiscation and destruction — Dr. Mehmet Polatel is a historian and a postdoctoral fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation, researching the confiscation and looting of Armenian properties during the genocide. He speaks with Institute director Salpi Ghazarian about the dispossession of Armenians and the late Ottoman Empire.

Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Sato Moughalian

March 6, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:39:20

How did the Armenian ceramic tradition go from Kutahya, Turkey to Jerusalem? What is the place of material culture in the loss of genocide & the renewal that came after? Flutist & author Sato Moughalian talks about her grandfather, David Ohannessian’s role in that journey & about her book, Feast of Ashes. Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at http://armenian.usc.edu. “Sisters” by John Hadfield, performed by Perspectives Ensemble members Sato Moughalian, Jacqui Kerrod, & John Hadfield.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Keith David Watenpaugh 

February 21, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:48:34

The refugee as the ultimate modern person — Keith David Watenpaugh, professor and founding director of Human Rights Studies at UC Davis, studies the contemporary Middle East and the role of refugees and displaced persons in world history. He speaks to Institute director Salpi Ghazarian about being an activist scholar, the role of human rights in developing policy, and the Article 26 Backpack, a toolkit for academic mobility. Learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, at http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Rik Adriaans

January 30, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:34:26

“Those who criticize it will also dance to it at weddings.” Anthropologist Rik Adriaans speaks to Institute director Salpi Ghazarian about ethnomusicology, patriotic music videos, post-socialism and the “R” word. Dr. Adriaans, a teaching fellow in digital anthropology at the University College London, studies the politics of Armenian public culture and the anthropology of rabiz music. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

December 9, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:49:15

Renunciation of nationality — Dr. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, analyzes photography as a tool of governmentality. In this episode of Unpacking Armenian Studies, Gürsel speaks to Institute director Salpi Ghazarian about “mugshots taken in anticipation of a crime yet to be committed” as a consequence of Ottoman legislation. These photos of Armenian emigres, usually taken by Armenian photographers, became an early mode of border surveillance technology. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu. View Coffee Futures at www.coffeefuturesfilm.com.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Ayşenur Korkmaz

October 9, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:44:29

Roots, socio-spatial attachments and merging identities — Ayşenur Korkmaz is a Ph.D. Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, exploring the post-genocide understandings of the Armenian homeland (“Yerkir”). She speaks to Institute director Salpi Ghazarian about participating in Armenian “pilgrimages” through Turkey, to what were Western Armenian towns and villages. Korkmaz is currently a fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Apo Boghigian

September 4, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:46:48

Journalism from Los Angeles to Yerevan – For over 30 years, Apo Boghigian was the editor-in-chief of Asbarez, a daily bilingual Armenian newspaper in L.A. This month, he assumes the directorship of the Civilitas Foundation, and its media outlet CivilNet, in Armenia. Boghigian speaks to Institute Director and Civilitas co-founder Salpi Ghazarian, about his lifelong career in journalism and his new role. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian 

August 27, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:52:13

Isfahan to Berkeley to Yerevan – Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian’s career is as diverse as it is long. The engineer turned university president speaks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about his personal, educational, and professional trajectory. He focuses on the founding of the American University of Armenia, in partnership with Mihran Agbabian, Stepan Karamardian, and Louise Manoogian Simone. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Tsoleen Sarian (Project SAVE)

August 22, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:39:38

Photo literacy and identity – Tsoleen Sarian, Exec. Director of Project SAVE – The Armenian Photographic Archive, based in Boston, talks about the significance of understanding, preserving, and digitizing historic documents. In conversation with Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian, Sarian discusses how generations are finding ways to engage with Armenia and how Project SAVE is gathering documents from pre to post genocide. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Jens Kreinath

July 2, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:11

Harissa in Musa Dagh – Anthropology Professor Jens Kreinath of Wichita State University discusses his research with Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies. Dr. Kreinath studies shared pilgrimage sites and Christian-Muslim relations in Hatay – historical Antioch, the southernmost province of Turkey, and home to Musa Dagh survivors in Vakifli, Turkey’s only remaining Armenian village. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Victor Agadjanian

June 18, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:45:49

Mysteries, miracles, and occasional miseries – Dr. Victor Agadjanian, professor of sociology at UCLA, comes across these phenomena in his research. From studying Swahili, to sexual risks of migrant women in Russia, to gender ideology in Karabakh, he focuses on social demography, migration, and sexual and reproductive health and behavior. In conversation with Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, Dr. Agadjanian discusses his path to studying similar issues in disparate places, from Africa to Armenia. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Bedross Der Matossian 

June 6, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:53:04

From Jerusalem to Nebraska, Dr. Bedross Der Matossian, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, remembers life in a post-Ottoman city, and describes his path toward a study of the politics of the late Ottoman period. He speaks with Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies. Dr. Der Matossian is currently president of the Society for Armenian Studies. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Armine Aleksanyan 

May 31, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:46

Karabakh or Artsakh? Border security or daily life challenges? Armine Aleksanyan discusses these questions in conversation with Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies. Aleksanyan has been serving as the Deputy Foreign Minister of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) since 2015. She is a graduate of both the Artsakh State University and the Diplomatic Academy of London at University of Westminster. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Taner Akçam (Part 2) 

May 6, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:45:23

From village boy, to student activist, to prisoner of conscience, to economist turned historian and sociologist, Dr. Taner Akçam has lived many lives. In conversation with Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, Dr. Akçam chronicles his unique journey to becoming a leading scholar in Armenian Genocide studies. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Taner Akçam (Part 1) 

May 1, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:39:15

He’s a boy from a village near Ardahan, a “revolutionary”, then a “terrorist” in the words of the Turkish government, and now an academic — Dr. Taner Akçam is a leading historian of the Armenian Genocide. After escaping a Turkish prison, and settling in Germany, he began his research on political violence in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republic of Turkey. In 2008, Dr. Akçam was appointed Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Nazan Maksudyan 

April 23, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:40:57

Inclusion and exclusion: the challenges of identity formation during childhood in Turkey, and in the study of children during genocide — Dr. Nazan Maksudyan writes on these topics. Her research focuses on the history of children and youth in the Ottoman Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a focus on non-Muslims and gender, sexuality, education and humanitarianism. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Shushan Karapetian 

April 17, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:43:14

Language and identity— but this time also about belonging and anxiety (or guilt) – Dr. Shushan Karapetian researches these issues in the framework of heritage languages in a diasporic context. In conversation with Salpi Ghazarian, director of the Institute of Armenian Studies, they discuss the trajectory of bilingual education, and the link between the Armenian language and expressions of Armenianness. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Lilit Keshishyan 

April 9, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:42:35

Identity, diaspora, literature — Dr. Lilit Keshishyan explores these topics in a conversation with the Director of the Institute of Armenian Studies, Salpi Ghazarian. Her dissertation examines the representation and reconceptualization of identity in Armenian Diaspora literature focusing on the works of Vahé Oshagan, Hakob Karapents and Vahe Berberian. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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UNPACKING ARMENIAN STUDIES With Dr. Tom Catena

February 14, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:32:57

The New York Times called him “Jesus Christ.” He is Dr. Tom Catena, the 2017 Laureate of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and the only doctor caring for 750,000 patients in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. He joins Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC, in this episode of Unpacking Armenian Studies. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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UNPACKING ARMENIAN STUDIES With Rober Koptas

January 23, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:58:04

Running an Armenian publishing house in Turkey is a challenge, on many fronts. Rober Koptas is editor-in-chief of the Aras Publishing House, co-founded in 1993 by Hrant Dink, Mkrtich Margosyan and Yetvart Tovmasyan. Aras publications are bridges between the Armenian experience and the Turkish readership. Rober Koptas joins Salpi Ghazarian and explains that readers also seek Aras publications because, independent of the Armenian content, many of the titles are windows into Anatolian life that is difficult to find in Turkish elsewhere. He speaks about the new crop of Turks in Armenian Studies, as well as the business, political and content decisions facing a small publishing house anywhere, and especially in Turkey. Are there enough capable translators? Who is the reading public that seeks these works? What are the distribution channels? Does the audience change with the political transformations? An unusual conversation about a unique institution.

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UNPACKING ARMENIAN STUDIES With Dr. Anna Ohanyan

January 17, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:45:15

Anna Ohanyan was the first generation of post-independence young academics to leave Armenia and continue her studies in the United States. She studies non-traditional, many-sided conflicts and complicated geopolitical agendas in the Caucasus and in the Balkans. Anna Ohanyan is the Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College. She joins Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC, in this discussion of Unpacking Armenian Studies.

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UNPACKING ARMENIAN STUDIES With DR. Kristin Cavoukian 

January 9, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:38:02

Armenian-ness, identity, exclusion, diasporas, homeland-diaspora relations are both personal and academic questions for Dr. Kristin Cavoukian of the University of Toronto. Join Salpi Ghazarian, Director, USC Institute of Armenian Studies, in this episode of Unpacking Armenian Studies.

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UNPACKING ARMENIAN STUDIES With DR. Sebouh Aslanian 

December 18, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:45

Dr. Sebouh Aslanian, born in Ethiopia, studies the Armenian merchants from Iran’s New Julfa region who operated simultaneously and successfully across all the major empires of the 17thand 18th centuries. These merchants were the original transnational, global Armenians, and their legacy is visible throughout South and East Asia in the form of churches and cultural monuments. Most remarkably, their philanthropy bankrolled Armenian printing capacity in Venice, Amsterdam, Livorno, Madras, Calcutta, Lvov and New Julfa.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Houri Berberian 

December 10, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:42:49

Dr. Houri Berberian has written about Armenian involvement in Iran’s Constitutional Revolution. She talks about life in Lebanon during the Civil War to undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley where she came to appreciate the connectedness of the peoples and issues of the greater Middle East, and the Armenian role in regional processes.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Paul Krekorian 

December 4 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:39:36

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian is at the forefront of policy development.  He talks about growing up in the San Fernando Valley, his involvement in politics and policy, and how to connect people’s needs to government policies.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Shant Shekherdimian

November 26, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:44:46

Health care research usually falls outside mainstream Armenian Studies, yet, any focus on contemporary issues of development must address the complexities of health care delivery. Dr. Shant Shekherdimian, UCLA, talks about Armenia’s and Karabakh’s health care systems – policy, education, and needs – his conclusions are surprising.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Christina Maranci 

November 16, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:46:45

Art history is not just the history of art, it’s history. Period. Dr. Christina Maranci, of Tufts University, is a historian whose research places art, architecture especially, and the material objects of Armenia and Armenians within a critical and historical context.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Katy Pearce 

November 5, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |   00:56:32

Dr. Katy Pearce, a professor of communications, talks about Armenia, Azerbaijan, social media, and the study of societal transformation.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies With Dr. Georgi Derlugian 

November 5, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:55:24

Professor Georgi Derlugian of the New York University Abu Dhabi, discusses ‘normal’ life in the Soviet Union, Armenia’s post-Soviet evolution, revolution, and the “New Armenia.”

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Unpacking Armenian Studies: Welcome

October 1, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:00:50

Welcome to the new podcast channel from The University of Southern California Institute of Armenian Studies. This is a new avenue for promoting scholarship that addresses national and global challenges impacting policy, development and progress. For that, We’ll be talking to academics, politicians, journalists, artists, authors, publishers, and teachers, along with students, social media influencers, young professionals and entrepreneurs.