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NAASR and Knights of Vartan Issue Most Scholar Grants To Date

NAASR and Knights of Vartan Issue Most Scholar Grants To Date

During the second half of 2019, NAASR and the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies received the largest ever number of requests and issued the most grants to scholars around the world since the beginning of their partnership in 2007. The following recipients received grants during this period (July-December 2019). Nora Bairamian, graduate student, Columbia University, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, travel grant to conduct research for MA thesis, “Reassessing the Legacy of Mkrtich Khrimian.” Grant issued by NAASR.   Sargis Baldaryan, Ph.D. student, Armenian History Chair, Yerevan State University, travel grant to access manuscripts for...

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NAASR Events Postponed, Building Closed to Public through April 2020

NAASR Events Postponed, Building Closed to Public through April 2020

In line with the recommendations of public health and medical experts relating to the coronavirus, NAASR has made the difficult decision to postpone all public events through the end of April 2020. The health and safety of the entire community are primary concerns. Every effort will be made to reschedule the many events affected by this decision. In due course, we will let you know about events in May and beyond. Similarly, the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building will be closed to the public until the end of April, at which time we will reassess the situation. If you are interested in buying a book,...

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Become a Lasting Part of NAASR's Spectacular New Building

Become a Lasting Part of NAASR's Spectacular New Building

Sponsor an Assembly Hall Chair. Add a name to NAASR's hand-painted manuscript as an Illuminator of the Future of Armenian Studies. Or do both! It’s not too late to become a lasting part of NAASR’s elegant Vartan Gregorian Building. In recognition of a $1,000 contribution, you can have a name (yours or someone special) written in calligraphy on NAASR’s beautiful lluminators of the Future of Armenian Studies manuscript, hand-painted by Knar Hovakimyan and Laura Zarougian. Or you can have your name (or that of someone special) placed on an assembly hall chair. Start the process here. Other naming opportunities at every level still remain, as well. Contact...

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NAASR ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF SONA ARONIAN ARMENIAN STUDIES BOOK PRIZES

NAASR ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF SONA ARONIAN ARMENIAN STUDIES BOOK PRIZES

The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies: Prof. Tamar M. Boyadjian for The City Lament: Jerusalem Across the Medieval Mediterranean (Cornell Univ. Press) and Prof. Jennifer M. Dixon for Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan (Cornell Univ. Press); and Prof. Peter Balakian and Aram Arkun for the translation of Krikor Balakian’s The Ruins of Ani (Rutgers Univ. Press). NAASR’s Aronian Book Prizes were established in 2014 by the late Dr. Aronian and Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs,...

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NAASR's Front Door ~ Created by Master Craftsman Mels Yeghiazaryan

NAASR's Front Door ~ Created by Master Craftsman Mels Yeghiazaryan

Hand carved in high relief, in dark walnut from Yeghegnadzor, Armenia and standing just over 8 feet in height, NAASR's exterior front door features artist Mels Yeghiazaryan's interpretations of traditional Armenian decorative motifs in meticulous detail. This stunning work of art, gift of K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, MD, invites one to open the door to learning and community. Mels Yeghiazaryan explains that the ornamentation and designs incorporated in NAASR's front door are derived from biological and geometrical elements that have inspired the development and blossoming of the old Armenian miniature art that reached its peak in the 13th and 14th...

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