October 20th (Wednesday), 7:00pm ET Krapar & Kini / Classical Armenian & Wine reading group with Bp. Daniel Findikyan on liturgical prayer text For Zoom link, email: email@example.com | https://krapar.org/
October 27th (Wednesday), 7:00pm ET IN PERSON in Guild Hall Enrichment Evening — “Diaspora, Homeland, and Economic Development” with Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan Also available by Zoom: https://bit.ly/3AnnLXZ
November 10th (Wednesday), 7:00pm ET Enrichment Evening — Book presentation: Black Garden Aflame: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Soviet and Russian Press with Dr. Artyom Tonoyan Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/3nm9uGL
November 17th (Wednesday), 7:00pm ET Krapar & Kini / Classical Armenian & Wine reading group with Ashley Bozian on violent and graphic scenes in medieval Armenian histories For Zoom link, email: firstname.lastname@example.org | https://krapar.org/
December 2nd (Thursday), 7:00pm ET IN PERSON in Zohrab Center Enrichment Evening — Book Release & Poetry Reading: Shahé Mankerian’s debut poetry collection History of Forgetfulness with readings by NY area writers/intellectuals Nancy Agabian, Christopher Atamian, Alina Gregorian, Alan Semerdjian, Alina Gharabegian, & Lola Koundakjian
December 13th (Monday), 7:00pm ET Krapar & Kini / Classical Armenian & Wine reading group with Andrew Kayaian on Eznik of Koghb For Zoom link, email: email@example.com | https://krapar.org/
all attendees of in person events must provide proof of COVID vaccination
Dr. Jesse S. Arlen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Armenian Christian Studies at the Zohrab Information Center and Fordham University, will give a public lecture series through St. Nersess Armenian Seminary via Zoom, entitled: “‘An Eternal Memorial for You and the Generations to Come:’ An Introduction to the Classical and Medieval Armenian Histories.”
The Fall Public Lecture Series begins this evening, Thursday, October 14th from 7:00–9:00pm and continues for the next six Thursday evenings through November 18th. Participants may attend all the lectures or just a few. Click here to register online.
Lecture Series Description: The Armenian historical tradition is rich and well developed, with texts written in this genre produced continuously from the first century after the invention of the alphabet up until the modern period. Of all the Armenian literary genres, it is the histories that have received the most attention from modern scholars, thanks to their importance for our knowledge of the Near East and Mediterranean. Nevertheless, the Armenians who wrote their histories did not conceive of history in the same way we do today, nor did they approach their topics with the same preoccupations and concerns of modern historians. In this six-week course, we will seek to approach the Armenian histories on their own terms, attempting to understand the context in which they were produced, the religious and imaginative world of the authors who composed them, and the goals and purposes that motivated both the patrons who sponsored them and the authors who wrote them. Proceeding chronologically, this semester our goal is to cover twelve major Armenian histories from the fifth to tenth centuries (about two per session). At the same time, we will introduce participants to books and online resources where they may acquire the primary texts and gain access to important secondary materials to facilitate deeper study on their own.
Lecture 1 (Oct 14) – Movses of Khoren and an Overview of the Armenian Historical Tradition
Lecture 2 (Oct 21) – The Conversion and Early History of Christian Armenia: Agathangelos and Pawstos Buzand
Lecture 3 (Oct 28) – Narrating the Religious Struggles with Zoroastrian Iran: Ghazar of Parpi and Yeghishe Vardapet
Lecture 4 (Nov 4) – Early Engagements with Islam: Sebeos and Ghewond
Lecture 5 (Nov 11) – Regional Histories: Thomas Artsruni’s History of the House of the Artsrunik and Movses of Daskhuran’s History of Caucasian Albania.
Lecture 6 (Nov 18) – Looking Back at the End of the First Millenium: Catholicos John of Draskhanakert, Ukhtanes of Sebasteia, and Stephen of Taron
The first Enrichment Evening of Fall 2021 will take place on Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00pm (EDT). Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, the Henry George Chair in Economics and Associate Professor of Economics at St. John’s University (NYC), will present a talk entitled “Diaspora, Homeland, and Economic Development.”
The Zohrab Center looks forward to welcoming you back in person!!
Diaspora, Homeland, and Economic Development
What do we mean by saying that diaspora is “the oil” of a developing nation? Can diaspora be the true “first mover” transforming and joining small economies with highly competitive international markets before multinational foreign investors? What is a diaspora? For some countries, like Armenia, these and related questions have been high on the agenda for centuries, if not millennia, of national history. However, it has taken the latest pandemic to elevate the largely academic research to more applied levels of policymaking across both industrialized and emerging markets. This presentation will address the problems of home country and diaspora relations in the context of mutual coexistence, national economic development, and sustainable future. Informed by an original survey of Armenian diaspora and examples of diaspora engagement across the world, this talk will review possible new diaspora development frameworks in practical and conceptual terms. Three essential elements formulate a diaspora network, requiring deeper reflection in business discussion seeking quick solutions: identity, trust, and engagement infrastructure. In the absence of transparent engagement infrastructure, diaspora’s links with a developing economy are short-lived and, usually, at best, sector, event, or location specific.
Please note, as per theNew York City Covid-19 Executive Order 225, proof of vaccination, as well as an I.D., will be required upon entry. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC Vaccination Card, an NYC Vaccination Record, NYC Covid Safe App, Excelsior Pass, or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S., showing proof of receipt of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or licensed for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization. Negative COVID 19 Tests are not accepted.
The Zohrab Information Center’s series Krapar & Kini (Գրաբար եւ Գինի / Classical Armenian & Wine) will resume on October 20th, 2021 at 7:00pm. This first session of Fall 2021 will be led by our beloved primate and renowned liturgical scholar Bp. Daniel Findikyan, who will be leading us through a liturgical text TBD.
Visit the new website created by Krapar & Kini member, Matt Sarkisian, for more info: https://krapar.org/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list & for meeting details (Zoom link / password).
The previous two sessions of the Vemkar/Zohrab Classical Armenian Series “Christ as Hope” are available to stream on YouTube. They were both led by Fr. Ghevond Ajamian of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Dallas, TX.
The July 21st session featured Gregory of Tatev’s “Sermon on Hope (Գրիգոր Տաթեւացւոյ քարոզ վասն յուսոյ).
The July 28th session looked at funeral prayers from the Book of Rituals (Մաշտոց / Ծիսարան), comparing those said for an adult with those said for a child.
The next session, on August 4th, will be led by Fr. Nigoghos Aznavourian and will focus on a sharakan (hymn) for the Feast of the Assumption.
The recording for the First Session of the Vemkar/Zohrab Classical Armenian Series “Christ as Hope” is available to stream on the Zohrab Information Center’s YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel to be notified when future videos in the series are posted.
In the first session, Jesse Arlen, Interim Director of ZIC, presented Gregory of Narek’s “Ode for the Ascension” (Տաղ Համբարձման ի Գրիգոր Նարեկացւոյն).
After the presentation, participants engaged in 20–30 minutes of discussion.
The sessions will continue each Wednesday evening through September 1st at 7:00pm ET. Register in advance for the Zoom sessions here. No knowledge of Classical Armenian is required.
Future sessions will be led by Fr. Ghevond Ajamian, Fr. Nigoghos Aznavourian, Julia Hintlian, Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, Ani Shahinian, and Dn. Ezras Tellalian.
Join the Zohrab Center and Vemkar‘s Classical Armenian Series on the theme “Christ as Hope,” where you’ll have the opportunity to read texts in Classical Armenian (Գրաբար), the liturgical language of the Armenian Church, guided by clergy, scholars, and advanced students of the language!
Through the guidance of a teacher, attendees will be introduced to a diversity of texts related to the theme of “Christ as Hope” from the Armenian Christian tradition, meditating on this theme while gaining exposure to Classical Armenian and the vast library of literary treasures written in this form of the language from the fifth to nineteenth centuries.
The eight sessions will convene on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm ET, from July 14 – Sept 1. Register for the Zoom sessions in advance. Come to one or all!
The Eastern Diocese is pleased to announce that scholar Jesse Arlen has been named as the first “Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Armenian Christian Studies, and Director at the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center.”
Mr. Arlen was selected for the fellowship by a committee representing the Diocese and Fordham University, following a public call for applications. Earlier this year, the Eastern Diocese, under the auspices of Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel, entered into an agreement with Fordham University, which reconfigured the director’s position of the Diocese’s Zohrab Information Center.
Under this arrangement, the Zohrab Center directorship is now a rotating position of two to three years’ duration, where each successive director will simultaneously hold a post-doctoral research fellowship at Fordham’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center. (Click here to learn more.)
“I am honored to have been selected as the first recipient of the newly formulated postdoctoral position of Zohrab Center director and Fordham University research fellow,” said Mr. Arlen. “I am grateful for those who gave me this opportunity, which will allow me to engage in research, teaching, and programming around the areas I have pursued in my graduate studies: Armenian Christian culture, theology, and history as well as language and literature.”
He added: “I look forward to continuing to deepen connections and work collaboratively with colleagues at the Diocese and for future opportunities at Fordham and St. Nersess.”
Since February, Mr. Arlen has been serving as the Zohrab Center’s interim director, while he completes his Ph.D. at UCLA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures with a focus in Armenian studies. He is the author of numerous publications and papers, and has been a speaker at many academic workshops, panel discussions, and interviews.
“Jesse is a very promising scholar in the field of Armenian theology and early Christian studies,” said Bishop Daniel. “He brings to the Zohrab Center not only strong scholarly and teaching credentials, but also sincere dedication to the Armenian Church and its vital Christian witness and ministry.”