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

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 panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

Images provided by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives.

Download the program here.


10:00 AM | WELCOME

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Ph.D., Dean, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut


Mari Firkatian, Ph.D, Professor of History, University of Hartford

Maggie Stepanian


Tatev Amiryan, DMA, Composer & Pianist
Anna Hayrapetyan, Soprano and a lecturer in Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut


George Aghjayan, Director of the Armenian Historical Archives
Marc Mamigonian, Director of Academic Affairs, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Armen T. Marsoobian, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University
Catherine Masud, Documentarian and Lecturer, Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut
Tsoleen Sarian, Executive Director, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
Moderated by Kathryn Libal, Ph.D., Director of the Human Rights Institute and Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights, University of Connecticut


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Snapshot: Dan Adler in Armenia

Dan Adler 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 earliest human occupation of Armenia, and may be more than 1 million years old.

Read the story in UConn Today.

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: Saturday, October 13, 2018 (CANCELED)
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT

This event is free and open to the public.

Save the date for UConn's third annual Armenian Harvest Festival! Bring family and friends to join us for food, music, dancing, workshops and craft vendors. This event is free and open to the public.


Featured Activities & Vendors

The Art of Rug Weaving | Workshop by Hayk Oltaci

The Making of Armenian String Cheese | Workshop by Maggie Stepanian

Contemporary Armenian Music | Lecture & Recital by Tatev Amiryan, DMA, and Anna Hayrapetyan

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The Armenian Mirror-Spectator: Discovering Armenian Heritage & Culture

Panel Discussion

By The Armenian Mirror-Spectator | Apr 18, 2019

"HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut was home to a program of music, demonstrations, a panel of renowned scholars and Armenian food on Saturday, March 30 as the University of Connecticut presented a comprehensive program and festival titled "Discovering Armenian Heritage and Culture.

Held at the historic Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, the program drew some 150 people from Connecticut and the northeast eager to learn more about all things Armenian."

Read the full article or download the most recent edition of The Armenian-Mirror Spectator.

09.23.2017 Armenian Harvest Festival

Event - 2017.09.17 Armenian Harvest FestivalDate: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT

This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for traditional food, music, dancing, a rug weaving workshop, a lecture on filmmaking in Armenia, and a show! Note that the evening performance will take place at the Rome Commons Ballroom.

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