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Videos of Past Events

2019-20 Videos

January 15, 2020. "Overwhelming Absurdity: Vahé Oshagan’s Discourse of Diasporic Culture." Karen Jallatyan, 2019-20 Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

January 14, 2020. "Post-disciplinary Inscriptions of Armenian Diaspora: 'Vahé Oshagan: Between Acts' (2016)." Hrayr Eulmessekian, Artist, Filmmaker and Taline Voskeritchian, Writer, Translator and Faculty Member at Boston University. Video

November 20 CAS Lecture. "Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds." Houri Berberian, Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies; Director, Armenian Studies Program, University of California, Irvine. Video

October 9 CAS Lecture. "Palimpsests of Ruins: Between Armenian and Kurdish Histories in Anatolia." Anoush Tamar Suni, 2019-20 Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan. Video

September 19: CAS Roundtable. "Pluricentric Armenian in a Diasporic Context: Reflections on Second Dialect Acquisition." Roundtable Participants: Shushan Karapetian, Deputy Director of the Institute of Armenian Studies, University of Southern California; Tamar Boyadjian, Associate Professor of Medieval Literature, Michigan State University; and Vahe Sahakyan, Research Scholar, Senior Information Resources Specialist, U-M - Dearborn. Video

September 13-14 CAS Conference. "Generations and Legacies: Louise Manoogian Simone's Vision for Armenian Studies"

Friday, September 13

A Reflection on Four Decades of Armenian Studies at the University of Michigan Video

Saturday, September 14

Narrating Matrimony: Marriage, Kinship, and Empire Video

Language and Nightingales: The Politics and Poetics of Armenian Linguistics and Literary Cultures Video

Perceptions and Encounters: Tracing the History of Armenians and Kurds in Turkey Video      

Signs, Objects, and Gifts: Introducing the Concept of Materiality to Armenian Studies Video

Future Flashes Video


March 20, 2019 CAS Book Tour. "Armenian Legionnaires: Sacrifice and Betrayal in World War I," Susan Paul Pattie, Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University College London. Video

March 14, 2019 Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. "Views of the Ottoman Empire: Discovering the Visual Record in Motion," Jay Weissberg, Director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and film critic for Variety. Video

January 23, 2019 CAS Lecture. "Bridging Memories in a Contested Geography – Eastern Turkey between Western Armenia and Northern Kurdistan," David Leupold, 2018-19 Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

November 28, 2018 CAS Lecture. "The Armenian Cause, Statehood, and Democracy: Reflections on Levon Ter-Petrossian’s Writings," Arman Grigoryan, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University. Video

September 12 2018 CAS Lecture. "The Emergence and Transformation of the Armenian Land Question," Mehmet Polatel, 2018-19 Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video


March 22 2018 Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. "International Justice for Atrocity Crimes – Worth the Cost?" Nicholas KoumjianVideo

January 17 CAS Lecture. "Christology and Culture: Armenian Theological and Historical Sources as Social Theory," Christopher Sheklian, 2017-18 Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan. Video

October 11 CAS Roundtable. "Scholars Under Fire: The Turkish State, Nationalists, and the Repression Against Study of the Armenian Genocide... 102 Years After the Events," Fatma Müge Göçek, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, and Ronald Grigor Suny, William H Sewell, Jr Distinguished University Professor of History. Video

September 20 CAS Lecture. "Armenian Riddles: Learning How to Read with Medieval Poetry," Michael Pifer, Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. Video


January 18 CAS Lecture. "Immigrants into ‘Ethnic’— Americans: Negotiating Race, Language, Religion and Belongings," Vahe Sahakyan, Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. Video

December 14 CAS Lecture"Men of the New Order: Armenian Provincial Notables in the Age of Ottoman Reforms," Yaşar Tolga Cora, Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

November 16 CAS Lecture. "'It Seems to Belong to Dreamland Rather than Reality': HFB Lynch and the Making of 'Armenia.'"  David Low, Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

September 13 CAS Lecture. "'Grasping the Constellations': On the (Im)possibility of Writing Armenian History." Hakem Al-Rustom, Alex Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian History. Video coming soon.


March 23 Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. "Moving Armenian Performing Arts from the Archives to the International Scene" Gerald Papasian, Manoogian Visiting Fellow and Artist in Residence. Video

March 16 CAS Lecture. "Talking Popcorn and Accent Elimination: The Work of Nina Katchadourian" Nina Katchadourian, Artist; Associate Professor, New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Video

December 2 CAS Lecture. "Local Patriotisms and Diasporic Translocality: Compatriotic Societies in Modern Armenian Diaspora" Vahe Sahakyan, Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

November 18 CAS Lecture. “Movements of People, Money and Cultures: Migration and its Effects on the Post-Soviet Transition Processes in the South Caucasus.” Alina Poghosyan, Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

September 18 Azad and Margaret Hogikyan Armenian Studies Collection Opening and Lecture. A World in a Collection of BooksVideo

September 14 CAS Lecture. "Bearing Witness Through Art." Aline Ohanesian, writer, author of a novel Orhan’s InheritanceVideo


April 17 and 18 Sixth Annual CAS International Graduate Student Workshop. “Challenging Entrenched Categories: Re-Exploring Approaches to Armenian Literature.” Organized by Tamar Boyadjian, Assistant Professor of English and Medieval Literature, Michigan State University.
Panel 1
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March 13 Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. “Problems and Challenges of Armenian Genocide Research.” Taner Akcam, Kaloosdian/Mugar Professor of History, Clark University. Video

Jan 14 CREES Noon Lecture. “Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009.” Fatma Müge Göçek, professor of sociology and women’s studies, U-M. Video

Nov 19 CAS Lecture. “The Legacy of Time, The Time of Bequest: Armenian Afterlives in a Kurdish Diyarbakir.”  Serap Ruken Sengul, Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Nov 3 CAS Lecture. “The Smyrna Catastrophe, 1922.” Richard G. Hovannisian, professor emeritus of history, University of California, Los Angeles. Video

Oct 15 CAS Lecture. “The Ever-Wandering Stranger: Community Formation and Cosmopolitan Poetics in Middle Armenian Literature.” Michael Pifer, Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Sept 17 CAS Lecture. “An Armenian American Artist— Back to the Front. Eric Bogosian, Manoogian Simone Foundation Fellow; and Artist in Residence, Institute for Humanities, U-M. Video


Apr 9 CAS Lecture. “Mass Violence from the Balkans to Anatolia into the Caucasus, 1912-23.” Ugur Ümit Üngör, assistant professor of history, Utrecht University. Video

Mar 12 Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. “Missing Images: Textures of Memory in Diaspora.” Marie Baronian, Manoogian Visiting Fellow, U-M. Video

Feb 12 CAS Lecture. “Reconstructing the Nation and Debating Armenian-Turkish Relations in the Aftermath of WWI.” Vahé Tachjian, chief editor, Houshamadyan Project. Video

Jan 15 CAS Lecture. “Drawing Borders, or Creating Conflicts in the Caucasus?” Arsene Saparov, lecturer in history, U-M. Video

Dec 18 CAS Lecture. “Between Religious and Secular: Impact of the 1908 Revolution on Religious Politics in the Ottoman Empire.” Bedross Der Matossian, assistant professor of history, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Video

Nov 20 CAS Lecture. “Physical Expressions of Winning Hearts and Minds: Body Politics of the American Missionaries and Armenians of ‘Asiatic Turkey’.” Nazan Maksudyan, assistant professor of sociology, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University. Video

Oct 9 CAS Lecture. “Łewond’s Arab Incursions into Armenia and the Historiography of Arab Armīniya (8–9th Century).” Alison Vacca, Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Sep 11 CAS Lecture. “Genealogical, Religious, and Legal Conversions: Claiming Armenianness in Turkey.” Ceren Ozgul, Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video


Mar 13 Dr. Berj. H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. “Finding Nemesis.” Eric Bogosian, playwright, novelist and actor. Video

Feb 20 CAS Lecture. “Women, War, and Social Change in Armenia during the Mongol Domination.” Zara Pogossian, History, John Cabot University. Video

Jan 16 CAS Lecture. “‘Protecting the Innocent’: Humanitarian Child Transfer in the Aftermath of the Adana Massacres (1909).” Melanie Tanielian, History, U-M. Video

Dec 12 CAS Lecture. “Re-reading the Crusades: Armenian Sources.” Tamar Boyadjian, UCLA. Audio | Video

Nov 7 CAS Lecture.“Modernity and Genocide: The Armenian, Rwandan, and the Darfuran Cases.” Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Audio | Video

Oct 10 CAS Lecture.The Language of One, The Script of the Other: Early Armeno-Turkish Novels and Ottoman/Turkish Literary Historiography. Murat Cankara, Manoogian Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Audio | Video

Sep 19 CAS Lecture. "A Predicament Beyond Rights: Becoming a Residual Armenian in Turkish Anatolia." Hakem Al-Rustom, Manoogian Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Audio | Video (35 min excerpt of the lecture)


Mar 27 CAS Lecture.Why Autonomy? The Making of Nagorno-Karabakh 1918-1925.Arseni Saparov, Manoogian Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Mar 19 Berj H. Haidostian  Annual Distinguished Lecture.“Ararat-Ten Years After.” Atom Egoyan, writer, international filmmaker, director.  Video

Mar 13 CAS Lecture. “Charents and Revolution,” Azat Yeghiazaryan, Professor. (Yerevan). Video

Feb 14 CAS Lecture.Gregory of Narek and the Narekian Fathers: The Mystery of Love from the Commentary of Song of Songs to the Book of Lamentations,” Levon Petrosyan, Manoogian Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M.  Video

Jan 31 CAS Lecture.Azerbaijan: 20 Years of Independence,” Hikmet Hadjy-Zadeh, Reagan Fascell Democracy fellow,  former vice-premier of Azerbaijan and director of FAR Center for Political Research. Video

Dec 6 CAS Lecture.“The New Turkey and the Issue of Genocide:  Armenians in a Progressive Imagination." Ron Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History. Video

Nov 22 CAS Lecture. "From Historian to Accidental Diplomat: The Writing of History Before & After Participating in its Making," Gerard Libaridian, Alex Manoogian Visiting Professor of Modern Armenian History. Video

Oct 25 CAS Lecture."The British Imperial Ethos: Britain & Transcuacasia, 1917-1920." Artin Arslanian, professor, Marist College. Video

Oct 15 Symposium. “Armenia in World History, the World in Armenian History.Video

Oct 14 Armenian Films and Lecture. "A View of Armenian Cinema." Artsvi Bakhchinyan, Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar. Video

Oct 14 CAS Event.“Armenian Studies & the Libraries of the University of Michigan.Video

Oct 13 30th Anniversary Reception. 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History and the formal creation of the Armenian Studies Program. Video


Mar 21 Dr. Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. "Looking Beyond the 'Reset':U.S.- Russian Relations and Their Implications for the Caucasus." Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow & Director, Center on the US & Europe, The Brookings Institution. Co-sponsor: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Video (part 1), Video (part 2)

Mar 14 CAS Lecture. "The Comtemporary Historical Novel in Armenia." Vahram Danielyan, Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Feb 7 CAS Lecture. "Revolutionaries after the Revolution: Politics under the Ottoman Constitution." Dikran Kaligian, historian and managing editor, Armenian Review. Video

Jan 24 CAS Lecture. "German Penetration into the Ottoman Empire through Baghdad Railway." Eyyep Murat Ozyuksel, Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar, U-M. Video

Jan 10 CAS Lecture. "The Caucasus: Old Conflict and New Geopolitical Design." Sergey Markedonov, Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies Russia and Eurasia Program. Video

Dec 6 CAS Lecture. "And Then a Hero Comes Along: Istanbulite Armenian Re-fashioning Turkishness, 1918-1923." Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Alex and Marie Manoogian Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow. Video

Nov 15 CAS Lecture. "Cultivating Nationhood in Imperial Russia: The Periodical Press and the Formation of a Modern Armenian Identity." Lisa Khachaturian, author. Video

Nov 1 CAS Lecture. "A Mixed-Methods Study of Technology Adoption in the Republic of Armenia: Why Mobile Phones but Not Personal Computers and Internet?" Katy Pearce, doctoral candidate in Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara. Video

Oct 11 CAS Lecture. "Arshile Gorky: Identity, Genocide, and the Making of Modern Armenia." Kim Theriault, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Dominican University. Video

Sep 27 CAS Lecture. "Deep Mountain: Why Don't Turks Feel Anything?" Ece Temelkuran, journalist and author. Video


Mar 22  "Armenians in Thirteenth-century Erzincan: a Window into Inter-faith Interaction in Late Medieval Anatolia". Rachel Goshgarian, Director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center. Video

Mar 19 "Third Party Intervention in Armenian History and Turkish / Armenian Relations." Colloquium presenters include Arman Grigoryan, Gerard Libaridian, Andranik Migranyan, Michael Reynolds, and Ronald Suny. Video

Feb 10 "'Foreign Confessions in Foreign Contexts: Religion Across the Border of the Russian Empire."  Paul Werth, Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada. Sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies. Video

Jan 25 "Perspectives on the Origin of Armenian Language and Culture." Hrach Martirosyan, Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Jan 11 "War, Fears of Minorities, and Genocide." Arman Grigoryan, Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Dec 7 "Studying the Armenian Diaspora." Roundtable discussion with Susan Pattie, Lucila Tossounian, Sarah Mekdjian, and others. Video

Nov 23 "A Critical Reading of the Elite/Mass Model to Understand the Structure of the Armenian Diaspora." Sarah Mekdjian, Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, U-M. Video

Nov 18 "Food, Culture, and Identity: An Illustrated Talk about Armenian Food Traditions." Susan Pattie, Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar, U-M. Video

Nov 9 "The Armenians in Argentina." Lucila Tossounian, Manoogian Simone Foundation Pre-doctoral Visiting Researcher, U-M. Video

Oct 26 "Imagining Homelands: Poetry and Performance Among Cypriot Armenians." Susan Pattie, Manoogian Simone Foundation Visiting Scholar, U-M. Video

Oct 23 "Historic Achievement or Historic Blunder? The Armenia-Turkey Protocols." Panel Discussion. Video

Oct 12 Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture. "The Phantom of Unity: The Failure of Regional Cooperation in the Caucasus." Thomas de Waal, journalist and author. Video