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Laura Maria Censabella

ADAA Announces Finalists for Saroyan Prize

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) recently announced the finalists for the $10,000 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting in Human Rights/Social Justice. They are “Carla Cooks the War,” by Laura Maria Censabella; “I Am Not Mine,” by Sevan Kaloustian-Greene; and [more...]

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments


ADAA 2014 Saroyan Prize Announces Honorary Jury

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) recently announced the honorary jury for the 2014 William Saroyan Playwriting Prize for Human Rights/Social Justice: Sebastian Born, Erik Ehn, and David Lan. Sebastian Born is associate director at the National Theatre in London. He was the [more...]

October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dr. Ghassemian, left, receives honorary doctorate degree from Stepan Dadayan, president of Artsakh State University.

Ghassemian Establishes Scholarship Endowment with AEF

GLENDALE, Calif.—The Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF) recently announced that it has received a generous donation from Dr. Albert Ghassemian of Boston, Mass., to establish a $100,000 endowment fund in honor of his late wife, Ginger. As it will be named, the Dr. Albert & Ginger Melik [more...]

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Titizian and Raffi Kendirjian

Titizian, Kendirjian Move into SARF Leadership Roles

Reception Honors Khanjian GLENDALE, Calif.—The Executive Committee of the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) in August elected two new officers: John Titizian as chairman and Raffi Kendirjian as vice-chairman. Khanjian with the SARF Executive Committee Zaven Khanjian, the outgoing chairman of the [more...]

September 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

The National Guard provided the free air transport as part of its Humanitarian Assistance Airlift on board a KC-135 aircraft.

Kansas Air National Guard, UAF Provide $4.1 Million in Aid to Armenia

GLENDALE, Calif.—The Kansas Air National Guard, in cooperation with the United Armenian Fund (UAF), delivered $4.1 million of medicines and medical supplies to Armenia on Aug. 16. The National Guard provided the free air transport as part of its Humanitarian Assistance Airlift on board a KC-135 [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Abraham Gumroyan

My Friend Abo Won a Grammy

How many people can say that they have a friend who has a won a Grammy? My friend Abraham Gumroyan, or Abo, won the award for Best Tropical Album at this year’s Grammys, as a member of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Abraham Gumroyan Most members of our community, however, have probably not heard [more...]

July 28, 2014 // 6 Comments

Prof. Cowe flanked by a group of present and former Armenology students. (L-R) Narine Jallatyan, Ceyda Tinmaz, Shushan Karapetian, Rosie Aroush, Talar Chahinian, Lilit Keshishian, Myrna Douzjian, and Sona Tajiryan. (Photo by Yerevan Studio)

Armenologist Peter Cowe Honored at UCLA Banquet

LOS ANGELES—On the evening of June 1, a banquet honoring the 30th anniversary of Prof. S. Peter Cowe’s scholarly career and the 45th anniversary of the Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies at UCLA was held in Los Angeles. The jubilant event, which took place at the London, West Hollywood, was [more...]

July 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

ATP founder Carolyn Mugar, West Coast Building Bridges Manager Anahit Gharibyan, and Flora Dunaians

ATP Los Angeles Gala Marks 20 Years of Greening Armenia

LOS ANGELES—On May 4, Armenia Tree Project (ATP) officially began its 20th anniversary celebrations with what can only be called a bustling outdoor gathering amid the lush gardens of the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. Long-time supporters and new [more...]

June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Syrian-Armenian children

Proceeds from SARF HyeAID3 Raises Total to $900,000

GLENDALE, Calif.—The most recent Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) HyeAID3 concert, held on April 29 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, raised an additional $100,000 for Syrian Armenians in need. Within days of the attack on Kessab on March 21, the SARF sent $100,000 in aid to Armenians displaced [more...]

June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

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