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About Us

The University of Michigan’s Center for Armenian Studies (CAS) serves students, faculty, and the broader community by furthering the understanding of the history and culture of Armenian societies worldwide through pioneering research, innovative instruction, and a commitment to building partnerships on campus and beyond. Our mission is to provide programmatic support for a forward-thinking curriculum taught by our affiliated faculty, visiting fellows/scholars, and our two endowed chairs in Armenian Studies: The Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History (1981) and the Marie Manoogian Chair in Armenian Language and Literature (1987).  

Every year the center offers graduate student, postdoctoral, and visiting scholar fellowships; graduate and undergraduate student research support; specialized symposia, workshops and conferences, public lectures, film screenings, and outreach programs. Herein our intellectual mission is to engage in critical Armenian Studies as an interdisciplinary endeavor and to contribute to broader thematic and topical discussions including but not exclusive to history, memory and politics, literary and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, childhood studies, human rights, genocide studies, diaspora studies, Mediterranean studies, materiality, nation, and nationalism. Through its work in the United States and abroad, CAS strives to contribute to the scholarly analysis and understanding of the challenges the Armenian people have faced across the globe.

Governance

The CAS Director, together with the members of the Executive Committee and Steering Committee, determines annual programing (lecture series, workshops, distinguished lectures), sets and approves the annual budget, reviews applications for fellowships and summer awards, and in general directs programmatic, outreach, and development activities of the Center for Armenian Studies to the interested academic, public, and non-profit communities.

Directions and Parking

CAS is located on the 5th floor of Weiser Hall at 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor.

PARKING

There is limited metered street parking near Weiser Hall on Church Street and South University Avenue. Two parking structures are approximately two blocks away:

Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure

  • 650 South Forest Avenue

Palmer Drive Public Parking Structure

  • Palmer Commons, Palmer Drive

For more information about parking in Ann Arbor, please visit DDA Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan employees with a U-M parking permit will find the Church Street structure the closest to Weiser Hall, with the Hill Street, Thayer Street, and Forest Avenue structures all within walking distance. Please note that many University parking structures are free and open to the public after 6 pm each day and on Sunday. For more information about parking at the University of Michigan, please visit Logistics, Transportation, and Parking.