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Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K | A Day in the Life of an Interpreter

November 13, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:42:09

In this episode of Language Therapy, Dr. K is joined by Khachatur Adumyan, one of Armenia’s most sought-after interpreters, who has interpreted for every Armenian prime minister since independence. They talk about the linguistic, cognitive, and ethical demands of the job, the nuances of interpreting from and into Armenian, and the day-to-day realities of an interpreter, all in the context of the Artsakh war and the pandemic.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies - New Roads Podcast.
Unpacking Armenian Studies: After War – Before Peace: Steven Mann

November 12, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:33:46

Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian speaks with former US Ambassador Steven Mann about the ceasefire document signed by the heads of government of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia on November 10. What does it include? What does it leave out? Why? Ambassador Mann was US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group in the 2000s, and based on his familiarity with the parameters that would have to be identified by any agreement between the sides, helps clarify the provisions in this ceasefire document and what can be expected of a much more extensive and detailed peace agreement to come.

Read the official text of the ceasefire document here.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies: Armenia and Azerbaijan at War Pt. 5

November 6, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:54:36

The Institute presents audio of ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN AT WAR – a series of public conversations with scholars, journalists, and government officials to give context to ongoing escalation in Artsakh/Karabakh.

The fifth series in the conversation, entitled “Roads to Peace” features Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian; Fmr. U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Stephen Rapp; Fmr. OSCE Minsk Group U.S. Co-Chair Steven Mann; Prof. Milena Sterio; Information Security Analyst Samvel Martirosyan; Permanent Representative of Karabakh in Washington D.C. Robert Avetisyan; and Emil Sanamyan, analyst and editor of the Institute’s Focus on Karabakh platform.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies: Armenia and Azerbaijan at War Pt. 4

October 30, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  01:24:36

The Institute presents audio of ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN AT WAR – a series of public conversations with scholars, journalists, and government officials to give context to ongoing escalation in Artsakh/Karabakh.

The fourth series in the conversation, entitled “Understanding the ‘International Community’” features Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian; Armine Aleksanyan, Deputy Foreign Minister of Nagorno Karabakh; Nicholas Koumjian of the United Nations; Nate Schenkkan of Freedom House; Daniel Sneider, Lecturer at Stanford University; journalist Vicken Cheterian; Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in Chief of Ahval News; and Emil Sanamyan, analyst and editor of the Institute’s Focus on Karabakh platform.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies: Armenia and Azerbaijan at War Pt. 3

October 23, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  01:20:07

The Institute presents audio of ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN AT WAR – a series of public conversations with scholars, journalists, and government officials to give context to ongoing escalation in Artsakh/Karabakh.

The third series in the conversation, entitled “Armenia’s Borders: Tavush Everyday” features Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian; Hayk Chobanyan, Governor of Tavush; Dr. Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan of the American University of Armenia; Hrant Mikaelian of the Caucasus Institute; and Emil Sanamyan, analyst and editor of the Institute’s Focus on Karabakh platform.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies: Armenia and Azerbaijan at War Pt. 2

October 16, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  01:22:26

Turkey & Russia — Friend or Foe?

The Institute presents audio of ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN AT WAR – a series of public conversations with scholars, journalists, and government officials to give context to ongoing escalation in Artsakh/Karabakh.

The second series in the conversation, entitled “Turkey & Russia — Friend or Foe?” features Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian; Prof. Robert English of the USC Department of Political Science and International Relations; Cengiz Çandar, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies; Russia analyst and journalist Anna Arutunyan; Karen Harutyunyan, editor-in-chief of CivilNet.am; and Emil Sanamyan, analyst and editor of the Institute’s Focus on Karabakh platform.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies - New Roads Podcast.
Unpacking Armenian Studies: Armenia and Azerbaijan at War Pt. 1 

October 9, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  01:17:55

The Institute presents audio of ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN AT WAR – a series of public conversations with scholars, journalists, and government officials to give context to ongoing escalation in Artsakh/Karabakh. The first conversation, entitled “Security or Democracy — A False Dichotomy?,” features Robert Avetisyan, Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the U.S., Prof. Steve Swerdlow of the USC School of International Relations, Dr. Anna Ohanyan of Stonehill College, and Emil Sanamyan, editor of the Institute’s FOCUS ON KARABAKH.

Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K | Karabakh: What’s in a name?

October 2, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:41:38

Karabakh or Artsakh? Where do all the different names for this region come from? In this episode of Language Therapy, Dr. K talks to historian George Bournoutian, an expert on the history of Armenia and the Caucasus, to discuss the historical, political, and linguistic legacies of this region’s various place names.

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Unpacking Armenian Studies with Dr. Ari Şekeryan

September 18, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:28

Armenians in Turkey — Dr. Ari Şekeryan, raised in Istanbul, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, studying the minority-majority relations in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. He talks to Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian about the role of newspapers and churches in the vision for a united Armenia during that period.

Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K | 1.5 Generation: All Kinds of Guilt 

September 11, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:31

Who is a 1.5 generation immigrant? What is the connection between generation and language? What are the challenges of transmitting Armenian as a 1.5 generation parent? And what’s with all the guilt and shame? Dr. K is joined by attorney and co-founder of ToTalk Armenian, Armine Bazikyan, as they discuss Armine’s family’s struggles with language transmission and ToTalk as a possible solution.

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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.

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Inch by Inch: Grandparents

September 1, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:10:49

Memories of grandparents and all the ways Armenians refer to their grandparents in this episode of Inch by Inch. Inch by Inch is an exploration of the details of intimate daily life and their connections to the larger questions, through the prism of Armenian cultural and linguistic memories.

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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.

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.
Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K: Robin the Robot

August 21, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:46:30

What is the connection between artificial intelligence, psychology, and language? Who/what is the world’s first emotionally intelligent hospital robot and what’s the connection to Armenia? Dr. K talks to Karen Khachikyan, CEO and co-founder of Expper Technologies, the company behind Robin the Robot, as they discuss Robin’s emotional and linguistic capacities in helping children overcome their stress, isolation, and anxiety in a hospital setting. Dr. Shant Shekherdimian and Dr. Mineh Badmagharian also join the conversation.

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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.

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.
Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K: Speak English. You’re confusing the child!

August 7, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:49:47

What kinds of language policies do multilingual families enact when the language or languages in the home are not the same as the dominant language outside the home? What if each parent speaks a different language? What types of reactions and attitudes do families have to deal with when they set specific family strategies for language transmission? Dr. K is joined by Los Angeles Times journalist, Esmeralda Bermudez, in a deep conversation about language, identity, immigration, heritage, and the parenting choices she and her Armenian husband make in their multilingual family.

Read Bermudez’s piece on raising a multilingual daughter here: https://lat.ms/31lXw4M.

USC Institute of Armenian Studies - New Roads Podcast.
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.

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
Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K: François Grosjean on Myths and Realities of Bilingualism Part 2 

July 24, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:36:04

Dr. K is joined by world-renowned psycholinguist and international authority on bilingualism, François Grosjean, as they debunk some of the most prevalent myths about bilingualism. How can we nurture a happy bilingualism? What are the best family strategies and educational models? What are the advantages and disadvantages of bilingualism? Dr. Grosjean is the author of Bilingual: Life and Reality (Harvard University Press, 2010), among other books, and the very popular Psychology Today blog, “Life as a Bilingual.”

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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.

Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K: François Grosjean on Myths and Realities of Bilingualism Part 1 

July 10, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:47:02

Who is considered a bilingual? What does the day to day reality look like for those who lead their lives in two or more languages? And why are there still so many persistent myths about bilingualism and bilinguals? Dr. K is joined by world-renowned psycholinguist and international authority on bilingualism, François Grosjean, as they demystify bilingualism. He is the author of Bilingual: Life and Reality (Harvard University Press, 2010), among other books, and the very popular Psychology Today blog, “Life as a Bilingual.”

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Inch by Inch: SUMMER

July 7, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:09:17

During a summer of cancelled plans due to the pandemic, here is a summer, in the form of memories, in this episode of Inch by Inch.

Inch by Inch is an attempt to explore little aspects of daily life and connect them to larger themes through a prism of memories and an Armenian cultural and linguistic twist.

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

Language Therapy with Dr. K
Language Therapy with Dr. K: Justice in Translation

June 26, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:41:39

Introducing Language Therapy with Dr. K, a new podcast about language in the Armenian context. Discover the quirky nuances, fun, and frustrations of language, as Dr. Shushan Karapetian delves into topics and questions you didn’t even know you were curious about.

In this inaugural episode, Dr. K is joined by Gegham Mughnetsyan, as they discuss his recent Armenian translation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (https://bit.ly/3eAOPsO). How do we talk about racial justice in Armenian?

For more, visit 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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Inch by Inch: PICKLES

June 2, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:08:37

Pickles and personal memories of pickling, plus added cultural and linguistic flavors in this episode of Inch by Inch.

Inch By Inch is an attempt to explore little aspects of daily life and connect them to larger themes through a prism of memories and an Armenian cultural and linguistic twist.

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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Inch by Inch: Bread

May 19, 2020  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:05:49

In this episode, the Institute’s Chitjian Researcher Archivist Gegham Mughnetsyan talks about bread in personal memories and its cultural and linguistic appearances in the Armenian context. Inch By Inch is an attempt to explore little aspects of daily life and connect them to larger themes through a prism of memories and an Armenian cultural and linguistic twist.

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.

Innovate Series
Innovate Series with Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science Arevik Anapiosyan

August 5, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:17:17

Arevik Anapiosyan, Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science, discusses Armenia’s post-“velvet revolution” education policies – the challenges, strategies, and solution. This talk took place at Innovate Armenia on May 18, 2019 at USC.

To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series with Robert Koptas, Editor of Istanbul-Based Aras Publishing House

July 31, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:21:40

Rober Koptas is the editor-in-chief of Aras Publishing, an Istanbul-based publishing house co-founded in 1993 by Hrant Dink, Mkrtich Margosyan, and Yetvart Tovmasyan. Koptas was previously editor-in-chief of Hrant Dink’s Agos newspaper. He spoke at Innovate Armenia about Istanbul’s Armenian community and his experience with hyphenated identities. This talk was recorded live on April 2, 2016 at USC.

To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series on Healthcare Policy with Armenia’s Minister of Health Arsen Torosyan

July 22, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:29:53

Armenia’s Minister of Health Arsen Torosyan discusses the country’s healthcare policy with Dr. Kim Hekimian, Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics at Columbia University, and Dr. Shant Shekherdimian, Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCLA. The conversation was recorded live at Innovate Armenia on May 18, 2019 at USC.

To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series with Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

July 15, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:30:33

Known as the mayor of the Internet, Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian headlined the first ever Innovate Armenia. He spoke about his commitment to the past 100 years of the Armenian narrative, but also about his excitement for the next 100 years. This talk was recorded live at Innovate Armenia on February 21, 2015 at USC. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series with Vahe Berberian

July 9, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:20:37

Artist, author and playwright Vahe Berberian is best known for his comedy stand-up routines about life in Armenia and the diaspora. He spoke at the first Innovate Armenia about the necessity of revamping Armenian culture, and learning how to laugh without feeling guilty. He covered a wide range of themes including preservation of language, investing in artists, and creating role models. This talk was recorded live at Innovate Armenia on February 21, 2015 at USC. 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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Innovate Series on Armeno-Turkish with Dr. Murat Cankara (Social Sciences University of Ankara)

July 1, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:14:42

Professor Murat Cankara, who teaches Turkish Language and Literature at the Social Sciences University in Ankara speaks on the question of identity in Armeno-Turkish texts — decades of publications of Turkish language works written in Armenian characters. This talk took place at Innovate Armenia on April 2, 2016 at USC. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series on Mixing Identities with Dr. Manuel Pastor (USC)

June 26, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:18:01

Professor Manuel Pastor, USC Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society & Social Change, and Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, spoke on Mixing Identities: Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles. Dr. Pastor is also the director of the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and for the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. This talk took place at Innovate Armenia on April 2, 2016, at USC. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit http://armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series on Translating Zabel Yesayan with Professor Mehmet Fatih Uslu (Istanbul Shehir University)

June 24, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:13:45

Dr. Mehmet Fatih Uslu, Assistant Professor of Turkish Language and Literature at Istanbul Shehir University, translated Zabel Yesayan’s works from Armenian to Turkish. In this episode, Dr. Uslu talks about his “adventure with Armenian and with Zabel Yesayan.” This talk took place at Innovate Armenia on May 18, 2019 at USC. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series with Dr. Ari Sekeryan (University of Oxford)

June 22, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:12:57

Dr. Ari Sekeryan, an honorary fellow of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, speaks about growing up and learning to be Armenian in Turkey. This talk took place at Innovate Armenia on September 23, 2017 at USC. To learn more about the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, visit armenian.usc.edu.

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Innovate Series with Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Nature Protection – Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan

June 20, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:14:52

Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan is Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Nature Protection. She earned a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge and is a published author specializing in states in transition, conflict resolution, and security studies. In this episode, Dr. Ghaplanyan discusses Armenia’s evolving environmental policy. The talk took place at Innovate Armenia on May 18, 2019 at USC. 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.

The Quake Podcast
The Quake: Episode 4 

January 3, 2019  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:17:11

Amid slow change in Gyumri, the metal containers still stand, failing to resist rust and decay any longer, as reminders of the earthquake that buried my parents’ youth and the future and promise of an entire generation.

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The Quake: Episode 3 

December 22, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:12:09

In this episode of The Quake, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies’s Chitjian Researcher Archivist Gegham Mughnetsyan explores the very personal and public story of rescue in the aftermath of the 1988 earthquake in Gyumri, Armenia.

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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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The Quake: Episode 2 

December 14, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:09:05

USC Institute of Armenian Studies Chitjian Researcher Archivist Gegham Mughnetsyan continues exploring the very personal and very public story of the 1988 earthquake that struck his hometown Gyumri, Armenia.

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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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The Quake: Episode 1 

December 7, 2018  |  USC Institute of Armenian Studies  |  00:09:17

Tune in to THE QUAKE – a new podcast miniseries from the USC Institute of Armenian Studies where the Institute’s Chitjian Research Archivist Gegham Mughnetsyan explores the very personal and public history of the powerful earthquake that devastated the northern region of Armenia and his hometown Gyumri on December 7, 1988, and delves into the challenges that complicated the region’s recovery process.

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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.