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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 about the Armenian town of Marsovan. This class will serve as a pilot project for a much larger initiative to recreate the lost worlds of Western Armenian communities that once flourished on their historic homelands but no longer exist in present-day Turkey. Reviving communal life, cultural, religious, educational and economic practices, the initiative will aim to create a multi-dimensional world from largely print based sources for the layperson and students of history. An example from a spring 2019 course can be seen below.



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. The two-year biosurveillance project will involve the work of the Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; The Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia; the National Veterinary Institute of Sweden and the University of Connecticut. The project aims at aligning their activities with the FAO and OIE joint strategy to combat the disease. Read more at

04.12.2017 Hand-in-Hand: Preventative Dentistry & Public Health in Armenia

04.12.2017 Hand-in-Hand - Preventative DentistryAnnual Alice K. Norian Lecture

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
5:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM Lecture
7:15 PM Q&A Discussion facilitated by Professor Stephen Schensul
Location: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT
This event is free and open to the public.

Speaker: Dr. Berdj Kiladjian, Board of Director for Hand-in-Hand and principal of Longwood Dental Group

Sponsored by UConn’s Norian Armenian Programs, Global Affairs, and School of Social Work. If you are an individual that requires an accommodation to participate, contact or 860.486.3152

Dr. Kiladjian will discuss the state of dentistry in Armenia and how the organization Hand in Hand came to be—the purpose, the past and the future. He will provide an introduction of preventive dentistry services that Hand in Hand provides in Armenia and Karabagh, as well as the steps taken to achieve the organization’s goals.


Dr. Kiladjian is the principal of Longwood Dental Group in Brookline MA USA.  Longwood Dental is a multi specialty group practice with a staff of 35, including 14 general dentists and specialists. Dr. Kiladjian is a prosthodontist and maintains his practice within the group, specializing in advanced cosmetic dentistry and dental implant dentistry. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Hand-in-Hand, a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the improvement of the health and social welfare of the Artsakh population, focusing on dental care and preventative education in Armenia and Karabakh.

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04.28 – 09.30.2016 They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief Exhibit

They Shall Not Perish Exhibit Cover Panel1st Showing : One Day Only–in West Hartford

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Also join us for Genocide Recognition or Quest for Justice Lecture w. Harut Sassounian at at 5:30PM
Location: UConn School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT. Get directions.

2nd Showing: 5 months in Storrs, CT

Date: Friday, April 30, 2016 – Friday, September, 30, 2016
Location: UConn Storrs Campus, Laurel Hall Lobby.

This Exhibit has been provided by the Near East Foundation.

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04.28.2016 “Genocide Recognition or Quest for Justice?”

Armenian Genocide Memorial
Armenian Genocide Memorial

Annual Alice K. Norian Lecture

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:30PM
Location: School of Social Work, Zachs Community Room, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT. Get directions.
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Lecture

Harut Sassounian, Publisher & Editor, California Courier

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“They Shall Not Perish: The Story of the Near East” Exhibit will also be on display in the Zachs Community Room on April 28, 2016. The Exhibit will be moved to UConn Storrs campus after the lecture, and will remain on display in Laurel Hall until September 20, 2016.

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04.15.2015 Armenians in Connecticut Oral History Project

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:30-8:00 pm
Southington Library, 255 Main St, Southington, CT

Bruce M. and Sondra Astor Stave, directors of The Stave Group: Oral History Consultants, will discuss the Armenians in Connecticut Oral History Project . The project was sponsored by the Norian Armenian Programs Committee at the University of Connecticut with support from the Alice K. Norian Endowment. The Staves will discuss the oral history project’s conceptualization and implementation, and its findings concerning the history and development of Connecticut’s Armenian community. Bruce M. Stave is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at UConn and directed its Oral History Office.  Sondra Astor Stave received her doctorate from the University and is an author and experienced interviewer.

Seating is limited for this program and registration is required. Please click register here.


04.14.2015 Dr. Daniel Adler presenting Armenia findings at Annual Meeting of Paleoanthropology Society

Paleoanthropology Society
2015 Annual Meeting
April 14-15, 2015
Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Posters, Tuesday, April 14:

Developing geochemical and magnetic studies of obsidian lithic assemblages: A case study in the Hrazdan, Valley, Central Armenia. Presentation by: Frahm, E., D. Adler, J. M. Feinberg, K. N. Wilkinson and B. Gasparyan.

Hominin population dynamics and dispersals in the Armenian highlands and Anatolia: New data from Barozh 12, a Middle Paleolithic open-air site on the edge of the Ararat Depression, Armenia. Presentation by: Glauberman, P., B. Gasparyan, S. Kuhn, K. Wilkinson, E. Frahm, Y. Raczynski-Henk, H. Haydosyan, S. Napapetyan, D. Arakelyan and D. Adler.

Oral Presentations, Wednesday, April 15:

Paleolandscape context for Lower-Middle Paleolithic activity in the Hrazdan Valley, central Armenia. Presentation by: Wilkinson, K., D. Adler, S. Blockley, E. Frahm, D. Mark, C. Mallol, S. Nahapetyan, and B. Gasparyan.

Early Levallois technology and the transition from the Lower to Middle Paleolithic in the southern Caucasus. Presentation by: Adler, D., K. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, D. Mark, E. Frahm, B. Schmidt-Magee, P. Glauberman, Y. Raczynski-Henk, O. Joris and B. Gasparyan.

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03.24.2015 “Remembering Armenia: A Journey through Historical Fiction & Memoir”

remembering_armeniaDate: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:00PM
Location: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, 405 Babbidge Rd, Storrs, CT.
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6:00-6:45 pm Reception
6:45-7:45 pm Discussion
7:45-8:00 pm Q&A
8:00-8:30 pm Book Signing

A conversation with:
Chris Bohjalian, Author, The Sandcastle Girls
Armen T. Marsoobian, Professor & Chair of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University

Moderated by:
Dr. Daniel Adler, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut

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03.12.2015 – 05.15.2015 We are the Armenians

A Norian Programs Exhibition
Celebrating Armenian Culture & Heritage

Date: March 12 – May 15, 2015
Location: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, Storrs, CT (Get directions)

This is a two month community exhibition celebrating the history, strength, vibrancy, and accomplishments of New England’s Armenian American community. The exhibition will showcase artifacts, photographs & family heirlooms belonging to members of Connecticut’s Armenian community and the Armenian Museum of America (Watertown, MA).

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The Thomas J. Dodd Center is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm daily, other than those extended hours posted below.

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