ARMENIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (joint AUA-UCLA course offering)*

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian
Pre-requisites: None
Course Dates: Monday July 11 – Friday August 12, 2016, 2 hours a day
Course Credits: 3 semester/5 quarter

Course Description: What better way to start learning or refreshing your Armenian while gaining a deeper understanding of Armenian culture than with an authentic immersion experience at AUA in the heart of Yerevan?  Through films, class projects, excursions, readings, and other hands-on activities, this five-week course aims to build Armenian language proficiency while helping students become conversant in Armenian culture.  The course is designed for students from complete beginner to intermediate level Armenian proficiency (Eastern or Western).  Taught by an experienced, award-winning instructor from UCLA, differentiated learning activities will be offered for students at various levels assuring a fulfilling experience for all. 

 

CHSS129 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND SITE STORIES:  THE PATH OF ARMENIA FROM THE PAST INTO THE FUTURE* 

Instructor: Gregory E. Areshian
Pre-requisites: None
Course Dates: Monday July 11 – Friday August 12, 2016, 2 hours a day
Course Credits: 3 semester/5 quarter

CHSS129 is a unique and rewarding course that delves into the historical, cultural, political, global, and economic factors surrounding Armenia’s reemergence as an independent state. The 50-hour course includes a mandatory Discover Armenia Educational Tour component through which students will take part in five excursions with Dr. Areshian and bring the course lectures to life.  Excursions will include trips around Yerevan and to the regions of Armenia including stops to the Museum of National History, Dvin, Khor Virap, Yeghegnadzor, Noravank, Echmiadzin, and more.

Course Description: This course takes a close look at the historical, cultural, political, global, and economic factors surrounding Armenia’s reemergence as an independent state in the late 20th century and its trajectory in the 21st century.   Students will become acquainted with the main events and factors shaping contemporary Armenia and analyze different interpretations of the recent and more distant past as a frame for thinking about current events and longer term scenarios for the Armenian state and nation, placing an emphasis on global and regional issues.  The course is instructor-led, supplemented by group discussion, and includes visits to cultural or historic sites as well as individual or group projects.  

 

 

Instructors Biographies

Gregory E. Areshian
Professor Gregory E. Areshian, Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, is a specialist of Near Eastern and Armenian Archaeology, World History, Comparative Mythology, Armenian History, and History of Empires. He conducted fieldwork at many famous archaeological sites of Armenia, as well as in Syria, Egypt, Georgia, and Central Asia, together with extensive research travelling to Turkey and Iran. He is author of over 160 academic publication published in 12 countries in six languages. He has been teaching for four decades and has taught at the University of California (Los Angeles and Irvine), University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Yerevan State University, and is currently at the American University of Armenia.

Anahid Aramouni Keshishian
Anahid Keshishian was born in Iran. In her early teens she repatriated to Soviet Armenia, where she finished her high school, and then studied theater arts while working in the Ethnographic museum in Echmiadzin. In 1980 Anahid moved to US, and started teaching at various Armenian Schools. She later founded an Armenian language School and directed it until 2003. Anahid also published a number literary art magazines, among them the very popular Eighties magazine. Throughout the 80s and 90s Anahid produced plays for children and teenagers. In 2002 she founded a literary and theatrical organization called “Arena Productions.” Throughout the past year, members of Arena Productions have been doing theatrical reading in different venues in the greater Los Angeles area. Anahid has a Ph.D. in philology from Armenian Academy of Science, and has been teaching Armenian language and literature at UCLA since 1997. She was the recipient of Distinguished Teacher award by UCLA Academic Senate Committee for the year 2005. 

 

* All summer course are offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment.