A non-credit evening class on Armenian history, culture, and the American Armenian community will be offered again starting on Mon, Feb. 1. The class will be conducted on five successive Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Bedford, Mass. campus of Middlesex Community College. This is the same course that was successfully offered in fall 2009, except it has now been expanded from 4 to 5 weeks.
Topics range from the pre-history of the Armenian plateau to the present times, with aspects of Armenian culture included. Also discussed will be early Armenian immigration to the United States. The course is an introductory, but non-trivial, survey of Armenian history. There is no text book for the course, but a number of up to date books will be recommend for those who wish to purchase a text. The lectures will be accompanied by photographs to illustrate the historical sites and events discussed.
This is the second time Joseph Dagdigian of Harvard, Mass. will be teaching this course. Dagdigian is an active member of the Merrimack Valley Armenian community and has visited Armenia numerous times. He has been working actively to support scientists and students at the Cosmic Ray Division of the Yerevan Physics Institute and has traveled extensively in Armenia.
Lessons will be tailored to the prior knowledge and interests of the attendees. The course is intended for both Armenians and non-Armenians of all ages.
For more information or to enroll, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu, look under “Non-Credit” courses for “Personal Enrichment” courses, and then for “Introduction to Armenian History PER 680.”