CENTER FOR ARMENIAN RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION: PURPOSE


The Armenian Research Center was established for the documentation and the publication of materials in the field of Armenian studies and affairs. The Armenian Research Center does this work in six main ways:

First, through its computerized database of books, periodical articles, and other materials concerning Armenians. The database covers not only the extensive holdings of the Armenian Research Center, but also other materials that the Center does not own but which it can obtain quickly from other libraries and depositories. We also have an electronic connection with the Library of Congress and all major academic libraries in the world. Political officials, media personnel, scholars, students, and the general public have all made use of our database and our collection for various projects.

Second, by publishing. The Armenian Research Center has published a booklet on countering Turkish defamation of the Armenian Genocide, a survivor's memoir (Out of Turkey) of the Armenian Genocide, an Index for the first five issues of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, and Volume 6 of Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies.

Third, by academic outreach. The Armenian Research Center has sponsored academic talks at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and in various forums. The most successful was a meeting with the chief assistants of all the congressmen and senators in Michigan to discuss Armenian issues and how to influence policy makers. The Armenian Research Center also brings in speakers to the Dearborn campus each year. The speakers were Rabbi Kenneth Segal, who discussed his attempts to have U.S. Jewish organizations acknowledge the Armenian Genocide; Dr. Joseph Kechichian, who discussed the socio-political situation in the Middle East and how it relates to Armenia and diasporan Armenians in the Middle East; Dr. Kirakos Padarian, former translator for Gennadi Yanayev, former Vice President of the USSR; Thomas Goltz, a reporter with rather interesting connections; Dr. Levon Chookaszian of Yerevan State University, who discussed Medieval Armenian Art; and Dr. James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, who discussed Armenian connections with world literature.

Fourth, by academic support: The Armenian Research Center offers two scholarships each year to Armenian-American students attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has sponsored Fulbright Scholars from Russia (Dr. Boris Shpotov in 1994/95) and Armenia (Dr. Babken Harutiunian in 1995/96), and is beginning a "Scholar in Residence Program." The Armenian Research Center also serves as the Secretariat of the Society for Armenian Studies, an international Armenian Studies organization with 200 members, and edits the Society's Journal, beginning with Volume 6. Fifth, by public outreach. Dr. Dennis R. Papazian, the Director of the Armenian Research Center, is much sought after by the media and others to explain events in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. For example, he was invited twice the summer of 1992 with a group of Armenian leaders to meet at the White House with members of the National Security Council, particularly with General Brent Scowcroft, personal advisor to President George Bush. He has also participated in a number of round-table discussions at the prestigious Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. In the spring of 1993, the Director participated in a day-long meeting with various officials from Azerbaijan. Dr. Papazian also met with President Clinton and Dr. Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor to the President, in the summer of 1994.

Sixth, by political contact. The Center frequently faxes informational material to political leaders in regards to current legislation pending before Congress or issues being determined by the White House.

May 1, 1996