YEREVAN, Armenia— On Feb. 2, American University of Armenia (AUA) Instructor Nareg Seferian gave a presentation on the “100 Years, 100 Facts” project, as part of AUA’s 1915 Centennial series.
The “100 Years, 100 Facts” project, accessible through the website 100years100facts.com, is a joint initiative by Seferian and friend Lena Adishian. It is a collection of 100 facts about Armenians and Armenia, and includes the genocide, Armenian music, language, religion, notable figures, and diaspora communities. The purpose of the online initiative is to educate and raise awareness of Armenian history and culture as a way to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
“Although we have 100 years of this tragic history, Lena and I wanted to celebrate our identity in a diverse way that emphasizes education and awareness and allows us to know who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going,” Seferian said.
The project began on April 24, 2014, and will continue until April 24, 2015, serving as a year-long campaign that leverages the power of the internet and social media. In addition to the main website, facts can also be viewed through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
The website has already been translated into Portuguese and French by self-initiated volunteers. “Of course, this project is aimed at the Armenian world, but we’d also love to reach out to people in Turkey,” Seferian said.
Seferian, a researcher and writer, was born and raised in New Delhi and received his higher education in Yerevan, Santa Fe, Boston, and Vienna. His writings can be read on naregseferian.com.