FRESNO — Armenian Studies Program Director Barlow Der Mugrdechian, will give an illustrated presentation on “Historic Armenia II-Armenian Cilicia” at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 27, 2013, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191, on the Fresno State campus.

The lecture is part of the Armenian Studies Program Spring Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Armenian Students Organization at Fresno State and is supported by the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Der Mugrdechian traveled to historic Armenia for the first time in the summer of 2012. This summer he visited Armenian Cilicia, and will present his impressions on the Armenian churches and sites in the area. He also visited the two functioning churches in Vakif (Musa Dagh) and in Iskenderun and will discuss the Armenian communities there.

Der Mugrdechian will also present information about some of the remaining Armenian fortresses of Armenian Cilicia, such as at Sis and at Anavarza, as well as the monastic complex at Hromkla.

Barlow Der Mugrdechian has been teaching for twenty-nine years in the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State. He has been a frequent traveler to Armenia, leading student study groups. He teaches Armenian language, history, art, and culture courses at Fresno State.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available after 6:30PM in Lots A and J, near the University Business Center. For more information on the lecture please contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278-2669.

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