Sat, 20 Apr 9:45am: International Conference: Debating the Origins, Development, and Impact of the Armenian Genocide (1850s-1938)

Date: Saturday, April 20 
International Conference: Debating the Origins, Development, and Impact of the Armenian Genocide (1850s-1938)

Location: 370/371 Dwinelle Hall UC Berkeley
Time: 9:45am

Participants: Dr. Taner Akçam (Clark University) Dr. Stephan Astourian (U.C. Berkeley) Dr. Hamit Bozarslan (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) Dr. Etienne Copeaux (Retired Historian) Dr. Raymond Kévorkian (Emeritus, Université Paris 8 : Vincennes-Saint-Denis) Dr. Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Newcastle, Australia, and University of Zürich) Dr. Mehmet Polatel (2018-2019 Manoogian Post-doctoral fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Dr. Ronald Suny (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Abstract: The unusually broad focus of this conference aims at assessing various historiographical aspects of the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath. Some of the issues that deserve to be discussed include, among others, the following: -The Tanzimat reforms and ethnoreligious polarization. -The continuity or discontinuity between the Armenian Genocide and the cases of mass violence that preceded it, such as the massacres in Sasun, the Hamidian massacres of 1895-96, or the Adana massacres. -The role of ideology and of the CUP political regime. -The role of the Armenian Reform Act. -The argument about the “incremental radicalization” of CUP leaders that resulted in the Armenian Genocide and the issue of the decision-making of the genocide. -The chronological and geographical pattern of the Armenians’ extermination and deportations and what it tells us about its planning, or lack of it. -The role of key leaders, such as Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, Bahaeddin Şakir, and others. -The “completion” of the Armenian Genocide in various ways under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. -The role played by the denial of the Armenian Genocide in Turkish political and popular culture. -The links, if any, between the Armenian Genocide and the mass violence that preceded it on the one hand and the cases of mass violence during the Kemalist period on the other hand. Obviously, not all the above-mentioned topics have been convincingly documented yet and some are still subject to debate.


Fri, 26 Apr 7pm: “Singing in Exile”

-Date: Friday, April 26 
Speakers: Virginia Pattie Kerovpyan and Aram Kerovpyan

Screening and Discussion: “Singing in Exile”

Location: 105 North Gate Hall

Time: 7pm

Abstract: “Singing in Exile” is a film directed by Nathalie Rossetti & Turi Finocchiaro. Aram and Virginia, an Armenian couple from the diaspora, transmit an ancestral tradition of Armenian chant, which is in danger of disappearing, to a troupe of European actors. During the process of creating a new play, the couple takes the company on a trip to Anatolia where the Armenian civilization has been destroyed. Along the way, the questioning of the actors brings to the forefront the wealth of this culture: the chant becomes a language of creation and sharing, the breath of life. This is an initiatory journey where the sounds, the music, the words, the bodies, and the cries impart a memory and a future. ——— Turi Finocchiaro and Nathalie Rossetti are independent filmmakers. Turi Finocchiaro directs a small production company, Borak Films, and Nathalie Rossetti has participated in the Jungle Film of Basile Sallustion since 2005. Turi is from the documentary film world, while Nathalie is more from the world of fiction. As documentary filmmakers, their interest is in artistic, historic, and anthropological subjects. They have made many films, including “Yiddish Soul” and “Luce’s Besa: Against Blood Justice.”

Bio: Virginia Pattie Kerovpyan was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Paris in the 1970’s. She has performed and recorded with various early music, as well as contemporary music, ensembles. Soloist of the Kotchnak and Akn ensembles, she has specialized in Armenian song since 1980. Her interpretation brings to the forefront the essence of this music, making its discovery and transmission more accessible.

Aram Kerovpyan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He learned to play the kanoun and studied the Near Eastern music system with Master musician Saadeddin Öktenay. Moving to Paris, he joined the Kotchnak ensemble, performing Armenian folk and troubadour music, and in 1985 established the Akn ensemble specializing in Armenian liturgical chant. He has been the master-singer of the Armenian cathedral in Paris since 1990. He is active in the world of theater as musician, teacher, and composer. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology and publishes about modal theory and the history of Armenian liturgical music.

Erepuni Chapter ARS College Scholarships 2019

Attention: All college-level students seeking scholarships

in the fields of medicine or engineering

Armenian Relief Society “Erepouni” Chapter

is pleased to offer three scholarships for

academic year 2019-2020

I. “Mesrob DerYeghiayan Memorial Scholarship”

for two students following the medical field

There are two separate $1,000 scholarships available for students following any field of medicine or nursing.  See requirements and other information below.

II.  “Aram Kasparian Memorial Scholarship”

for one student majoring in engineering

This will be one $1,000 scholarship for a college student following any field of engineering.  See information below.

Basic requirements are: have completed or are completing one year of university work, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, be of Armenian descent, and a permanent resident of the U.S. and California.  Other requirements will be noted in the scholarship application and checklist. 

For an application or further information, please contact Mrs. Victoria Markarian at, or phone (209) 823-1486. 

The application and all necessary forms must be sent in no later than

April 30, 2019.  Please reply soon.

New book for children: Parev, Yerevan: An Armenian Children’s Book

Parev, Yerevan is a fun, engaging, and educational board book in Armenian about Yerevan. Beautifully illustrated, it takes the reader through well-known sites in Yerevan and showcases Armenian culture and history in a simple and captivating manner. It exposes children to both the Armenian language and the spirit of Armenia. This is a great introduction to Yerevan for young children!

My goal is to expose children to the Armenian language and help foster a connection to Armenia at a young age. Since there are very few board books in Armenia, this book is an ideal engagement tool for young children.

Please visit my page at to learn more about my campaign and pre-order your copy. Thank you!