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About Meliné Karakashian (6 Articles)
Meliné Karakashian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. After graduating from high school, she immigrated to the U.S., established residence in New Jersey, and continued her education, obtaining an Ed.S. in school and community psychology, a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, and a practicing psychology license. She has volunteered to help victims of the 1988 Armenian earthquake, the Karabagh War, and September 11. Her work has been recognized by the presidents of Armenia, the American Psychological Association, and the New Jersey Mental Health Association, among others. She is the recipient of two lecturing Fulbrights to Yerevan State University. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and two books. Komitas: A Psychological Study is her most recent work.

Karakashian: Halide Edib Adıvar on Komitas

  Special to the Armenian Weekly I first heard the name of Halide Edib Adıvar in Turkey, in 1997, while on a tour, when the tour guide referred to the Genocide of Armenians as “the dark days of our country’s history” and stated that she had read Halide Edib’s writings. I then read a [more...]

October 2, 2017 // 5 Comments

Honoring Balaban Hoja: A Hero for Armenian Orphans

From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide   To his students in the Aintab orphanage, Sarkis Balabanian (Balaban Hoja) (1882-1963) was not simply a mathematics teacher, but a role model who risked his life to save them from Turkish attacks. [more...]

May 23, 2017 // 10 Comments

Karakashian: In Search of Gorky’s Grave

On a clear autumn day, my cousins and I proceeded north toward Sherman, Conn.  The 75-minutes’ drive was pleasant on the scenic country roads.  In Sherman, we couldn’t find any souvenirs of Arshile Gorky.  Gorky was not commercialized here. Our intention was to find his grave and learn of [more...]

November 18, 2016 // 5 Comments

Komitas: A Genocide Survivor or Victim?

Special for the Armenian Weekly Komitas (Soghomon Soghomonian) (1869-1935) Soghomon was born to Kevork and Takoohi Soghomonian, a young Armenian Turkish-speaking couple, in Kutahya, Ottoman Turkey. Takoohi composed music, which the couple sang. Soghomon was less than a year old when 17-year-old [more...]

May 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

Herminé Afarian Menakian (1929-2015): My Teacher

Herminé Afarian Menakian passed away recently, on Jan. 21, 2015.2 She was born in Damascus, Syria, to Manuel and “Filor” Afarian, forced deportees from Gurun, Turkey, who established residence in Beirut, Lebanon. Oriort Herminé graduated from Nishan Palanjian Jemaran in Beirut, where she [more...]

February 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

Did Gomidas ‘Go Mad’? Writing a Book on Vartabed’s Trauma

The idea for this article came about when two individuals, one in Armenia, the other in the United States, asked what had led me to write a book on Komitas (Gomidas, in Western Armenian) and his psychological state. Below, I share my story with readers of the Armenian Weekly. Komitas (1909 photo) [more...]

July 24, 2013 // 16 Comments