Message from the Director
Welcome to the Armenian Studies Program at University of California, Irvine. The Program is the result of years of hard work, determination, foresight, and collaboration between the Orange County Armenian community and the University. Together, they transformed the vision of a program in Armenian Studies into a reality starting with community-sponsored course offerings, an endowed public lecture series, and ultimately with the establishment of the Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in 2015.
Armenian Studies at UCI provides undergraduate learning and graduate-level training in Armenian history from antiquity to the contemporary but with a special focus on the modern period. The teaching and research emphasis of the program centers on the study of Armenians and Armenia within a regional (i.e., Middle East and Caucasus) and world context, thus reflecting the global and interactive nature of Armenian history. At its core is the exploration of Armenians as imperial and national subjects in ancestral lands and also as transimperial and transnational subjects in a vast worldwide diaspora that has had a complex and multifaceted relationship with the concept and reality of the homeland.
As the Program in Armenian Studies grows in its home in the Department of History and the School of Humanities, it hopes to expand its interdisciplinary offerings and promises to maintain a firm and constant commitment to teaching and research excellence. In addition, the Program in Armenian Studies recognizes that an important part of the task of the Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair is to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the wider community through public events, including lectures and academic conferences.
Houri Berberian, Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies