Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

(Re)Connecting with Western Armenia: A Symposium in Honor of Armen Aroyan ~ Sunday, May 19, 2024 ~ In-Person (Ararat-Eskijian Museum) and on Zoom

Ani Hovannisian Ararat Eskijian Museum Armen Aroyan Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Carel Bertram Carla Garapedian Christina Maranci Manuk Avedikyan NAASR Peter Cowe Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA Steven Sim UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies

Sunday, May 19, 2024 4:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Eastern

Physical location: Ararat-Eskijian Museum Sheen Chapel 15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA

Watch Zoom presentation here. 


Manuk Avedikyan, USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies

Prof. Carel Bertram, San Francisco State University

Prof. Peter Cowe, University of California, Los Angeles

Ani Hovannisian Kevorkian, Filmmaker

Prof. Christina Maranci, Harvard University

Steven Sim, Independent Researcher of Armenian Cultural Remains



Dr. Carla Garapedian, Armenian Film Foundation


Between 1987 and 2017, Armen Aroyan led over 1,400 “pilgrims” to historic Western Armenia, allowing them to (re)discover the cities, towns, and villages from which their ancestors originated. All returned home with a sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of the life of their forefathers. Among the travelers were many scholars whose experiences exploring Western Armenia provided them with first-hand information to inform their research and academic work. We offer this symposium, featuring a distinguished and diverse group of researchers, in recognition of Armen Aroyan’s tireless dedication to (re)connecting the descendants and survivors of the Armenian Genocide as well as other interested individuals to these lands.

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National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues

Ararat-Eskijian Museum

USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies

UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies

The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA

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