Anahid Literary Award Ceremony

The Armenian Center at Columbia University and the Anahid Literary Award Committee invite you to join us for an evening of literature and celebration to honor the recent recipients of the Anahid Literary Award.  The recent winners are Arthur Nercessian, author of Chinese Take-Out among other novels; Patricia Saraffian Ward, author of The Bullet Collection among other works, Michael Zadoorian, author of Second Hand among other novels; Aris Janigian, author of Blood-Vine among other novels; and Lydia Peele (in abesentia) author of Reasons For and Advantages of Breathing.

This event will take place on Friday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia University Faculty House.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is strongly advised. Please follow the link to RVSP:

From Armenia to New York: Five Short Films Screening

Please join us for an evening screening and discussion films by young Armenian filmmakers from Columbia University. (Moderated by Raffi Asdourian, A&E, Sundance Channel).

Ophelia Harutyunyan: The Frame (10:47)
Jesse Soursourian: No Overtime (8:17)
Viktorya Aleksanyan: Caregivers (17:41)
Eric Shahinian: Justine (6:25)
Anahid Yahjian: Levon: A Wondrous Life (6:49)

This event will take place on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at Columbia University Schermerhorn Hall Room 501.

For more information please visit the event page.

New Course Offered in Fall 2013 on the Armenian Genocide and Holocaust

A new course taught by Professor Peter Balakian will be offered in Fall 2013.

This course is an investigation of the impact of genocide on the self and the imagination’s representations in literature, film, and video testimony; primary texts will include poetry, memoir, video testimony, film, and visual art. Methodology will involve literary criticism and theoretical works in the study of trauma, literary theory, and testimony. The course will concern itself with the aftermath of two twentieth century genocides—that of the Armenians in Turkey during World War I and of the Jews in Europe during World War II—both seminal events of the twentieth century that, in various ways, became models for ensuing genocides. Students will be permitted to write about other post-genocidal texts with the instructor’s permission.