An Evening with Srpuhi Dussap and Zabel Yessayan

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Join us for an intimate evening discussion about Srpuhi Dussap and Zabel Yessayan.

Well known during their lifetimes, Srpuhi Dussap and Zabel Yessayan wrote books about women’s rights, human rights, and Armenian life during the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. The Armenian International Women’s Association, AIWA, recently published the translations of Yessayan’s The Gardens of Silihdar, My Soul in Exile, and In the Ruins and Dussap’s novel Mayda: Echoes of Protest. The editors will discuss the transformation of the Armenian language and society which inspired these pioneering works.

Registration for Zoom meeting through the Armenian Institute.

Panelists

Lisa Gulesserian
Preceptor of Armenian at Harvard University

Judith A. Saryan
Zabel Yessayan champion, former financial manager and VP

Danila Jebejian Terpanjian
Librarian at Harvard University (retired)

Joy Renjilian-Burgy
Associate Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College

 

Mayda Book Launch Party

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Join us for an intimate discussion about the first Armenian feminist novel.

Srpuhi Dussap’s 1883 novel calling for the equal rights of women and social justice for everyone entertains the reader with criticisms of 19th century Armenian society in Istanbul and relevant themes of work and motherhood, religion and ignorance, love and marriage.

Don’t miss this fascinating discussion about Dussap’s life, her influence on Zabel Yessayan, and the sensation her novel caused in Istanbul.

Registration for Zoom Webinar through AIWA.

Panelists

Lisa Gulesserian (moderator)
Preceptor of Armenian at Harvard University

Barbara Merguerian 
Co-Founder of AIWA, Author, and Board VP of the Armenian Museum of America

Judith A. Saryan
Zabel Yessayan champion, former financial manager and VP

Danila Jebejian Terpanjian
Librarian at Harvard University (retired)

Joy Renjilian-Burgy
Associate Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College

 

Creative Writing in Armenian: Poetry Workshop

I am leading a two-day creative writing workshop for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation at NAASR in Belmont, MA. Participants will be introduced to the poetic language, the haiku poetic form, and old and new examples of haiku poems.

By the end of the workshop, students will produce Instagram-able short poems in the haiku form in the language of their choice—English or Armenian.

neMLA: Regional Wounds, Universal Traumas, and the Possibility of Empathy

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Regional Wounds, Universal Traumas, and the Possibility of Empathy (Part 2)

Roundtable with:
Chair: Maryam Ghodrati, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chair: Rachel Dale, Brandeis University
Location: ORLEANS (Media Equipped)

Comparative Literature & Interdisciplinary Humanities

“Chang-rae Lee and the Traumatic Affect of the Gesture” Susan Moynihan, Tennessee Technological University
“Narrativizing Empathy in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost HappinessSabiha Anum, Government College University Lahore Pakistan
“Art from Guantánamo Bay: The Figural Unsettlement of Western Hegemonic History” Macy McDonald, SUNY University at Buffalo
“Past Dark: War and Armenian Genocide Postmemory in Micheline Aharonian Marcom’s The Daydreaming BoyLisa Gulesserian, Harvard University

Creative Writing in Armenian: Poetry Workshop

I led a two-day creative writing workshop for Hamazkayin ArtLinks 2019 in Paris, Ontario, Canada. Participants were introduced to the poetic language, the Հայրէն (“hayren”) poetic form, and old and new examples of Հայրէն poems.

By the end of the workshop, students produced Instagram-able short poems in the hayren form in the language of their choice—English, French, or Armenian.