On Monday, November 8, 2021 at 12pm (Eastern) / 9am (Pacific), the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) will host a special webinar with Artak Beglaryan, State Minister of the Republic of Artsakh, in conversation with Anna Ohanyan, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College. The program will be presented as part of the NAASR/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues.
Guests have the option of viewing the livestream on YouTube or attending via Zoom. Zoom attendance requires registration in advance. Zoom attendees can submit written questions via Zoom which will be asked as time permits.
Zoom Registration link: https://bit.ly/NAASRBeglaryan
To view live on YouTube, no need to register. Go to NAASR’s channel at the start of the program or watch afterwards if you missed it:https://www.youtube.com/c/ArmenianStudies
Artak Beglaryan has served as State Minister of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) since June 2021. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Beglaryan worked as Chief of Staff of the President, and coordinated the activity of the Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For more than two years Artak Beglaryan served as the Human Rights Ombudsman for Artsakh. During his tenure, the office of Ombudsman issued numerous reports on both domestic and conflict-related human rights violations, including on war crimes committed by Azerbaijan during the 2020 aggression against Artsakh.
Beglaryan will engage in a conversation with Anna Ohanyan, Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – The National Association of Armenian Studies & Research (NAASR) joins with scholars and friends all over the world in mourning the passing of an esteemed colleague, Prof. George Bournoutian (1943-2021). While wishing to honor his stated wishes that no outpourings of sentiment follow his death, out of respect for his enormous contributions we offer this brief appreciation and extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
George Bournoutian was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran. Over the course of a long and productive career he published more than thirty books as author or translator which have been translated into many languages, and he taught at UCLA, Columbia University, Tufts University, New York University, Rutgers, University of Connecticut, and only recently retired after many years at Iona College.
Among his publications are The Khanate of Erevan Under Qajar Rule; A Concise History of the Armenian People; The History of Vardapet Arakel of Tabriz; Two Chronicles on the History of Karabagh; The Travel Accounts of Simeon of Poland; Jambr; The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of Karabagh in the Early 19th Century; A Brief History of the Aghuank Region; The 1829-1832 Russian Surveys of the Khanate of Nakhichevan; and Armenia and Imperial Decline: The Yerevan Province, 1900-1914.
In addition to his writings, George was a prolific lecturer, giving innumerable talks including many for NAASR over the years in Belmont and all over the U.S. and Canada. He was also a world traveler and led NAASR’s first Armenian Heritage Tour in decades in 2006 to the Republic of Armenia and Historic Armenia.
In 2008, he enriched NAASR’s library immeasurably when he transferred his huge scholarly library, the Ani and George Bournoutian Collection, which has become a cornerstone of the Mardigian Library. NAASR, in turn, was proud to support his work through grants for several of his publications.
Former NAASR Chairman Nancy Kolligian recalled that George “was an outstanding scholar who electrified the room when he entered it. I will remember going to Armenia and Historic Armenia with him on our 2006 NAASR trip—we had such a great time.” Current Chairman Yervant Chekijian remembered Bournoutian as “totally committed to the honest exploration of Armenia’s history
NAASR Academic Director Marc Mamigonian remarked that “George was warm, opinionated, unfiltered, brilliant, hilarious, and utterly indefatigable. He was always in the middle of a book project and excited about the next one. While it is difficult to accept that there will be no next book, no one can say that George Bournoutian didn’t get the most out of life, and he leaves an incredible legacy.”
Anyone who ever met George Bournoutian or heard one of his lectures could feel his energy and boundless vitality. Those qualities will endure in his huge scholarly output, which will continue to enrich us, and in our memories of him as a friend and a scholar. He will indeed be missed.
The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) invites you to a webinar tonight at 6:00pm ET entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh in the Media: Perspectives from Around the Globe” with a panel of scholar analysts.
In light of the most recent developments, they will also be discussing the current situation.
This is a rescheduling of the program that was to have taken place on November 5.
This program co-sponsored by Armenian Center at Columbia University and the NAASR/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues.
You have the option of viewing the livestream on the NAASR YouTube channel or attending via Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/c/ArmenianStudies
To attend on Zoom, register in advance as capacity is limited. Zoom attendees can submit written questions via Zoom which will be asked as time permits. Zoom Registration link: https://bit.ly/3jF1zjE.