KINGSTON, R.I.—The University of Rhode Island (URI) is offering the course, “The Armenian Experience: History and Culture,” at its Kingston campus for the spring 2015 semester, on Mondays from 4-6:45 p.m.
As part of the “GenEd-HigherEd” initiative, the co-chairs of the Genocide Education Project Rhode Island branch, Pauline Getzoyan and Esther Kalajian, developed and proposed the honors seminar course, which went through a rigorous approval process by the university during the fall semester. Getzoyan and Kalajian will teach the course, which will focus on diasporan studies as they relate to the Armenian experience. Topics will include an understanding of genocide and the implications of genocide on culture, identity, and religion.
The course will include a robust offering of guest speakers, including author Chris Bohjalian and filmmaker Talin Avakian, who will speak about “Literature and Film: An Author’s and Filmmaker’s Responsibility to Truth – Exploring History, Fiction, and Non-fiction;” Tom Zorabedian, assistant dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences and the Harrington School of Communication and Media; Dr. Catherine Sama, professor of Italian at URI, who will speak about Armenians in the diaspora with a focus on Italy and about the subject of genocide in Italian literature and film; George Aghjayan and author/professor Marian MacCurdy, who will be part of a panel discussing “The Aftermath of Genocide: The Issue of Denial and Justice Specific to the Armenian Genocide;” Berge Zobian, owner of Gallery/Studio Z in Providence, who will introduce students to Armenian art and architecture, both pre- and post-genocide; and Charles Kalajian, who will introduce students to Armenian musical instruments and the aural tradition of learning music, with assistance from Ken Kalajian and Leon Janikian.
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