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.


  • Armenian Memory Project
    UConn’s Digital Media & Design Department is offering a special topics course in Fall 2019 in which students will create a digital representation of a single Western Armenian community from the pre-1915 Ottoman Empire. Drawing from primary sources in archives, memoirs, photos, maps, interviews, and first-person narratives, the final project will be a documentary video […]
    Posted on July 15, 2019
  • UConn Virologist Joins International Effort to Eradicate PPR in Armenia & Georgia
    Guillermo Risatti, an associate professor in Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, is coordinating an international research team with the support of a $1.6 million grant award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), an agency within the United States Department of Defense (DoD), to detect and monitor Peste des Petites Ruminants (PPR) in Armenia and Georgia. […]
    Posted on April 17, 2019
  • 2019 Discovering Armenian Heritage & Culture
    Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: The Mark Twain House & Museum 385 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105 This event is free and open to the public. Join us for UConn's Discovering Armenian Heritage & Culture event! Bring family and friends to enjoy food, music, workshops, book signing and […]
    Posted on January 30, 2019
  • Snapshot: Dan Adler in Armenia
    Anthropology professor Daniel Adler (top left) directed excavations at an archaeological site in northern Armenia. (Photos courtesy of Dan Adler) In July 2018, UConn associate professor of anthropology Daniel Adler and Keith Wilkinson, University of Winchester, UK, co-directed excavations at an Early Pleistocene archaeological site in northern Armenia known as Hahgtanak-3. The site documents the […]
    Posted on November 29, 2018
  • 2018 Armenian Harvest Festival
    Please note that the October 13, 2018 event has been canceled due to conflicts with events in Hartford and greater New England. We anticipate holding an Armenian Ancestry & Heritage event in the spring highlighting how to trace genealogy, traditional foods and cultural activities. More details, including date, time, and featured activities are forthcoming. Date: […]
    Posted on June 7, 2018