A message from CAS director, Professor Melanie Tanielian:
"I am writing with some wonderful and exciting news. We are now able to announce that our long record of excellence and the fantastic work by our previous director, Dr. Kathryn Bababyan, in terms of graduate student education and programming, earned us full university support to transform the Armeninan Studies Program into the University of Michigan’s Center for Armenian Studies. This is a tremendous achievement that has been long in the making and highlights the growth of our mission to promote the study of the history, language, and culture of Armenia and Armenians. It will be able to offer more opportunities to students and our community here in Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit, as well as expand the available resources for a new generation of scholars in the field. The promotion of the program into the Center for Armenian Studies in the future will serve as a powerful magnet for focusing university-wide academic activity related to Armenian Studies, increase visibility, and further signal the serious intellectual commitment of the center in advancing new directions in the field. The center, of course, will continue its existing program that has in the past attracted a cohort of excellent international scholars with the intention of expanding its reach and visibility abroad, especially in Armenia."