Matthew Karanian to Present Armenian Highland: Western at Fresno State


FRESNO — Author Matthew Karanian will speak on The Armenian Highland: Western Armenia and the First Republic of Armenia of 1918 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191 on the Fresno State campus.

One century ago, and lasting for a period of 30 months, the Armenians formed an independent democratic republic for the first time in their history. This First Armenian Republic was established on lands that comprised just 20 percent of the ancient Armenian homeland, at a time when the genocide of the Armenians still raged.

Karanian celebrates the history of this First Republic and shows, through stunning photography, the hidden Armenia that he has discovered during his research in Ani, Kars, and Western Armenia—all lands that are today outside the borders of the Republic of Armenia.

Karanian is a lawyer and a passionate supporter of Armenia who lives and works in Pasadena, California. He served for several years as a law professor and as Associate Dean of the law school at the American University of Armenia. He and his law students founded Armenia’s first English-language law journal, the Armenian Law Review.

In 2016 Matthew was awarded the Arshile Gorky Medal by the Republic of Armenia for his service to homeland and for his role in helping to serve as a bridge between the homeland and the worldwide diaspora of Armenians.

Copies of The Armenian Highland will be on sale at the lecture.

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The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Fresno State Lots P6 and P5, near the University Business Center, Fresno State. A free parking code can be obtained by contacting the Armenian Studies Program.

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