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PAI benefactor, Dr. Eric Esrailian, interviews with FOX LA

As part of Armenian History Month, Araksya Karapetyan of Good Day L.A. interviews PAI benefactor Dr. Eric Esrailian.

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UCLA commemorates Armenian Genocide with week of talks and performances

The events, organized by UCLA's Promise Armenian Institute and its campus partners, are free and open to the public

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Akçam Appointed to UCLA Armenian Genocide Research Program within Promise Armenian Institute

After a period of expansion, Armenian studies in the United States appeared to have entered a slump or slow period. This seems to be changing again, with the establishment of new academic centers, chairs and programs, especially in California.

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COVID-19: Variants, Vaccines, and Emerging Science

Webinar about the Global Picture of COVID-19 held for more than 120 specialists from the public health community across Armenia.

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A Guide to Health System Strengthening in Armenia

PAI Inaugural Associate Director for Healthcare Outreach, Dr. Shant Shekherdimian on the challenges in Armenia's health care system

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Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA Names Taner Akçam Inaugural Director of Armenian Genocide Research Program

Akçam brings a lifetime of experience in ground-breaking research and mentorship to the first university research program in the U.S. specifically focused on the Armenian Genocide

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Armenian International Medical Fund Completes 22nd Medical Mission to Armenia

One of the major endeavors of the AIM Fund is to provide free hearing screenings, hearing aids at minimum cost, perform Cochlear Implant and Bone Anchored Hearing Aid surgeries and train future otologists in Armenia.

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PAI Year-End Newsletter for 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and thank our colleagues and friends for being a part of The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA.

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Self-Determination, Remedial Secession and International Law: The Artsakh Crisis in Comparative Context

What can we learn about self-determination and remedial secession in the context of Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh when examining Palestine, East Timor and Kosovo? Read the summary report of a 2021 panel discussion hosted by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law School.

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Modulation Necklace Vol. 1

The mission of the UCLA Armenian Music Program is to preserve and celebrate Armenian music as an art form. Modulation Necklace Vol. 1., highlights the latest accomplishments and the upcoming initiatives of the Program.

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Fighting cancer with the right mental health support

The Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology provides whole-person care to cancer patients, including culturally competent mental health services.

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The PAI and AFF Collaborate on Projects That Will Support Armenian Film and Photography at UCLA

The Promise Armenian Institute and the Armenian Film Foundation will collaborate on a range of projects that support Armenian film and photography at UCLA. 

 

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UCLA and AUA COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar for the Republic of Armenia

A webinar, which aimed to share expert knowledge, prepare participants for communicating reliable information on COVID-19 vaccines and discuss messaging around COVID-19 vaccination in Armenia was organized by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in collaboration with the AUA Turpanjian School of Public Health.

 

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Annual Tigran Mansurian Composition Competition

The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute, in collaboration with the UCLA Armenian Music Program announces the Annual Tigran Mansurian Composition Competition.

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Conference on Coloproctology in Yerevan

The goal of this conference was to share the latest knowledge on surgical care for colorectal disorders with the aim of improving the treatment of these disorders in Armenia.

 

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Dr. Shant Shekherdimian Appointed Inaugural Associate Director for Healthcare Outreach for The Promise Armenian Institute

Dr. Shekherdimian is an associate professor of pediatric surgery at UCLA DGSOM. For many years he has been actively involved in various initiatives in Armenia's healthcare sector.

 

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Professor Alina Dorian appointed vice chair of the Los Angeles County Public Health Commission

Professor Dorian has over three decades of public health practice experience, two decades of which have been at UCLA, during which she's held multiple leadership positions.

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The Promise Armenian Institute Announces 2021-22 Grant Recipients

The PAI grants and fellowships are designed to support research across all academic fields, with an emphasis on or connection to Armenia or Armenians, per the award competition announced earlier in the year.

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Los Angeles surgeon preparing to travel overseas to give the gift of hearing

The UCLA Cochlear Implant Program is recognized as one of the best in the field. Dr. Akira Ishiyama, the director of the program, has dedicated his life to helping children not only in Southern California but on the other side of the world.

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Covid-19 In-Home Management Program Now Underway in Armenia

The COVID-19 in-home management program for the Republic of Armenia is now underway. This program was designed by the COVID-19 Management and Contact Tracing Workgroup.

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A Day of Armenian Music at UCLA

On Friday, May 21, 2021, The UCLA Armenian Music Program and Director Movses Pogossian invite you to a virtual event dedicated to celebrating the treasures of Armenian music through a concert and two workshops.

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PAI Statement on President Biden's Acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide

On April 24, 2021, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

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UCLA's Operation Armenia: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

UCLA's Operation Armenia has been providing infrastructure support and long-term humanitarian aid along with immediate medical disaster relief to Artsakh and Armenia.

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The Armenian Medical Genomics Project

In 2020, The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA provided a seed grant to the Armenia Medical Genomics Project to sequence and interpret DNA samples collected from Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh.

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All Things Armenian - Conversation with Dr. Ann Karagozian

UCLA Promise Armenian Institute Director Ann Karagozian was the guest on the radio program "All Things Armenian" on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

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AIM Fund Completes 20th Successful Medical Mission to Armenia

As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Armenia due to the recent war in Artsakh and the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Akira Ishiyama, Professor, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dr. Salpy Akaragian, Director Emeritus, UCLA's International Nursing Center, of the Armenian International Medical Fund rose to the challenge, risking their safety and health to give the gift of hearing to the children of Armenia and to help a wounded 20-year-old soldier.

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Reflections on 2020 and Hope for the Future

As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA during its inaugural year. We are deeply grateful for your interest, participation, and support of The PAI's growing range of programming and activities.

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UCLA Humanitarian Aid to Artsakh and Armenia

An interdisciplinary team of professionals from UCLA has come together to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Artsakh and Armenia.

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Q&A: Nagorno-Karabakh at a crossroads

Sebouh David Aslanian, director of the Armenian Studies Center, offers perspectives on the Armenia–Azerbaijan conflict in advance of the center's Oct. 31 conference. Read the full interview here

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Armenian chamber music album was co-conceived by UCLA professor

Movses Pogossian played lead role in developing collection of works by composer Tigran Mansurian. Read the full article here

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PAI statement on Military attacks on Armenians in Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh

We at the PAI express our great concern and condemnation of the new attacks by Azerbaijan on the ethnic Armenian civilian population of Artsakh.

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UCLA Promise Armenian Institute and Promise Institute for Human Rights Issue Statement on Armenia-Azerbaijan Border Conflict

We are deeply concerned about and condemn the recent escalation of tensions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

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LACC Hosts Armenian Independence Day Zoom Celebration

Los Angeles City Collge hosted a virtual celebration dedicated to the 29th anniversary of Armenia's Independence.

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The Promise Armenian Institute launches operations

Director Ann Karagozian speaks about the UCLA roots of the institute and its current and planned activities.

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Robin the Robot provides comfort to hospitalized children from Armenia to UCLA

Robin the Robot, a companion for children in hospitals, has been tested in pediatric clinics in Armenia. Robin is set to debut in the U.S. shortly, including at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

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UCLA Armenian Music Program – A Year in Review

The 2019-2020 academic year was filled with new achievements and milestones for the UCLA Armenian Music Program.

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UCLA faculty providing Covid-19 expertise to Armenia in real time

Professor Alina Dorian and Dr. Shant Shekherdimian are coordinating with experts worldwide to identify and deliver medical equipment to Armenia and Nagorno-Karbakh, as well as to share the latest Covid-19 knowledge and practices with health professionals in both places.

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Sebouh Aslanian to direct new Armenian Studies Center

Aslanian will work to build significantly on the university's more than 50 years of Armenian studies at the new center, which is part of The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA.

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Ann R. Karagozian named director of The Promise Armenian Institute

Currently head of UCLA's Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory, Karagozian has been teaching at UCLA since 1982.

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Announcement: The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA

Major gift establishes The Promise Armenian Institute in the UCLA International Institute.

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COVID-19 Information in Armenian from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has translated important information about the spread of COVID-19 into Armenian for the general public. The article includes health and safety protocols as well as general information about the spread of the virus.

Upcoming and Recent Events

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Launching a new exhibit from the Armenian Image Archive, the panelists will explore the fourteen...
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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The UCLA Armenian Music Program invites you to a Day of Armenian Music...
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
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Book release and reading of Tenny Arlen's book of Armenian poetry....
Friday, May 20, 2022
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "Doing Science in Armenia: From a Personal Outlook...
Friday, May 20, 2022
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The Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies presents "The Vishap: From Fairy Tale to Reality,"...
Sunday, May 15, 2022
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "Folklore of the Silicon Mountains: Music, Tech, and...
Thursday, May 12, 2022
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The UCLA Department of Comparative Literature presents the 2022 Michael Henry Heim Memorial...
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "A House in the Homeland: Armenian Pilgrimages to...
Friday, April 22, 2022
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The UCLA Library presents a two-day webinar, celebrating the incredible resilience and achievements...
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "The End of Armenian Sivas: The Extermination of...
Monday, April 18, 2022
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Free at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum...
Saturday, April 16, 2022
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In celebration of International Women's Day, the Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents...
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
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The UCLA Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies presents "Women's History through the Colophons...
Friday, February 25, 2022
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Join the Fowler Museum for an exploration of Armenian devotional works preserved at...
Thursday, February 17, 2022
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The Armenian Studies Center of the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute presents "Is the Pen Mightier...
Friday, January 28, 2022
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The documentary film, “The Hidden Map,” will be broadcast on PBS SoCal and KCET....
Thursday, December 9, 2021
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Join the Fowler Museum and Gassia Armenian on a journey tracing the history of...

Thursday, December 9, 2021
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To mark the 10th anniversary of the ANCA Grassroots Conference initiative, the Armenian...
Monday, November 22, 2021
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Join the Fowler Museum for a discussion about the context, content and materials...

Monday, November 22, 2021
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The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute and the Armenian Film Foundation present "Aftermath: the...
Thursday, November 18, 2021
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This two-day international conference, hosted by the Zoryan Institute in partnership with ...
Friday, October 15, 2021
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "Uncommon Genealogies: Violence, Belonging and Memory in the...
Friday, September 10, 2021
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "Indian Diamonds for Mediterranean Coral: A Global Armenian...
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "Internment and Destruction: Concentration Camps During the Armenian...
Friday, May 7, 2021
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Remedial secession, a process whereby a people can declare independence, is a nebulous concept in...
Thursday, April 29, 2021
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The UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History presents the inaugural ...
Thursday, April 22, 2021
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The Promise Institute for Human Rights and The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA, in partnership...
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law presents a panel discussion examining the...
Friday, April 16, 2021
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A conversation between Dr. Libaridian and UCLA's Armenian community....
Friday, April 9, 2021
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA presents "Feminism, Theology, and Liberation in Mari Beylerian's Writings"...
Friday, March 19, 2021
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The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute presents the third in its Distinguished Lecture Series, "What Does...
Friday, February 12, 2021
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This Colloquium is an annual international conference for graduate students in the Humanities/Social Sciences to...
Saturday, February 6, 2021
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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA and the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA...
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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The Armenian Studies Center of the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute presents "Nagorno Karabakh/Artsakh and the...
Saturday, October 31, 2020
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The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute presents the second in its Distinguished Lecture Series, "Cemal Pasha's...
Thursday, October 22, 2020
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The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute presents the first in its Distinguished Lecture Series, "When Was...
Monday, September 14, 2020