Click to view the film The Dildilians: A Story of Photography and Survival. A recording of the panel description is included in the film's description.



The effort to bring Armenian Studies to the University of Connecticut (UConn) began in 1984 when a small group of volunteers started a fund raising campaign.  In 1993 Dr. Ludmila Haroutunian of Yerevan State University (YSU) made a number of presentations at the University and at meetings with Connecticut's Armenian-American community. Dr. Haroutunian's presence at UConn in 1993 was in association with what has become the cornerstone of the UConn-YSU-Armenia relationship, close academic ties between UConn's School of Social Work and YSU's Faculty of Sociology.

In 2004, the University of Connecticut received a bequest from the estate of Alice K. Norian, to be used to educate students and the general public about Armenian culture and history, and to gather Armenian-Americans for both these purposes. The first annual Alice K. Norian Lecture, in 2004, was delivered by Dr. Arman J. Kirakossian, Armenian Ambassador to the United States. At this time, stewardship of Armenian programs at UConn became the responsibility of the Norian Armenian Programs Committee, which is co-chaired by the Dean of the School of Social Work and the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.

A summer field school in archaeology was established in 2009 in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. Directed by Daniel Adler, Associate Professor of Anthropology, the summer field school enrolls students from UConn and YSU.

Click here for a retrospective on Armenian Programs at the University of Connecticut.

To support Armenian Studies at the University of Connecticut, please visit the Secure Giving Site of the University of Connecticut Foundation. Your gift should be designated Norian Armenian Studies Programs.


  • UConn Filmmakers Premiere Armenian Memory Project
    Thursday October 29, the University of Connecticut and other co-sponsors premiered “The Dildilians: A Story of Photography and Survival” on YouTube. The film was produced by students in the UConn course “Variable Topics: Visual Representations of Armenian Memory” taught by filmmaker Catherine Masud, in close collaboration with Dildilian family historian Armen Marsoobian. The film tells […]
    Posted on November 23, 2020
  • The Dildilians: A Story of Photography and Survival
    Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 6:00 PM EDT Film Screening (Click to watch the film) 6:30 PM EDT Panel Discussion (Click to watch the recorded discussion) This event is free and open to the public. Film Synopsis During the 19th and early 20th centuries a remarkable family of Armenian […]
    Posted on September 28, 2020
  • Zeynep Gursel: Portraits of Unbelonging
    Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020 Time: 5:00 PM EDT Register Online This event is free and open to the public. On Sunday, July 26 at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT), in partnership with the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, we will present an online talk by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel entitled "Portraits of Unbelonging: Photography, […]
    Posted on July 24, 2020
  • “Home Again” Virtual Book Discussion with Mari Firkatian, Ph.D.
    Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Time: 5:00 PM PST Register Online This event is free and open to the public. The Circle of Friends for the Armenian Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine presents: HOME AGAIN: ARMENIAN RECIPES FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE A Virtual Book Presentation and Cooking Demonstration by Mari Firkatian, Professor […]
    Posted on June 24, 2020
  • “Forced Into Genocide” Book Discussion with Author Adrienne Alexanian
    Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM Location: UConn Hartford Times Building, 10 Prospect Street, Room 210, Hartford, CT (enter through Front Street entrance) This event is free and open to the public. Visitors may park at the Front Street North Garage (24 Front Street, Hartford, CT 06103) for the hourly rate. UConn permit […]
    Posted on August 30, 2019