The Right of the 1st Night and Sexual Violence against Armenian Women in the Nineteenth Century

Anna Alexanian

Monday, April 29, 2024 at 6 a.m. (local) UCLA BUNCHE HALL, ROOM 10383 LEARN MORE & RSVP AT   National Association for Armenian Studies and Research Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies. Throughout the nineteenth century, the Patriarchate in Constantinople and the Catholicos of all Armenians in Ējmiatsin received petitions and other correspondence from the Ottoman Armenian provinces that aimed to seek justice from the Ottoman government, which local administrations and courts were unable or unwilling to provide. These petitions described the details of all known episodes of violence or exploitation to which provincial Armenians…

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DiasporArm: Rethinking the Diaspora


While Western societies may be able to function without their churches, political parties, and institutions, the Armenian Diaspora relies heavily on these vital components. Our schools, our cultural, social and sports organizations, our press, owe their existence to our community structures. It is crucial for us to evolve with wisdom, fostering mutual respect between the traditional structures and the emerging Civil Society. The relationship between Armenia and the Diasporas should evolve from the current “center-periphery” representation to a more inclusive and multi-centric Armenian identity fostering a federal approach that strengthens…

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May Magic at the COAF SMART Center !

May Magic at the COAF SMART Center!

Spring has ushered in a series of extraordinary moments. We celebrated the fifth anniversary of the COAF SMART Center in Lori, an emblem of transformative impact. Additionally, we had the distinct honor of hosting esteemed guests from China at the SMART Center, a testament to the ability of education to bridge nations. And there's more! Read on to discover more highlights and inspiring stories. Celebrating 5 Years of SMART ! This month, we celebrated a significant milestone—the establishment of the COAF SMART Center in Lori on May 27, 2018! This…

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