Via the Armenian Reporter & the Armenian Mirror-Spectator:

Tuesday, September 8, will be engraved in the Manoogian School’s history as a memorable day. In the presence of the school’s current and former board of directors, Greater-Detroit Armenian community members, teachers and students, the opening ceremony of the new high school occurred in the atrium of the building.

Read the whole story here & here.

Click to download the PDF (152KB) of the latest AGBU Armenia News Bulletins below and listed are some of the top stories from each PDF:

September 25, 2009 (PDF, 136KB):

  • According to Andranik Tevanian, Process of Opening of Armenian-Turkish Border Will Reach a Deadlock [Noyan Tapan, 09/23/09]
  • Next Outgoing Session of Armenian Government to be Held in Vanadzor [Armenpress, 09/24/09]
  • Armenian PM to Leave for Russia [Armenpress, 09/24/09]
  • Yerevan Mayor to Leave for Paris [Armenpress, 09/24/09]

September 28, 2009 (PDF, 100KB):

  • Adam Schiff: We Cannot Let Turkey Edit History [Noyan Tapan, 09/26/09]
  • NATO Special Committee Meeting to be Held in Yerevan [Noyan Tapan, 09/26/09]
  • Armenian President to Start his All-Armenian Tour October 1  [Azg, 09/26/09]


AGBU is a proud sponsor of the Armenian Republican Interschool Chess Tournament. The objectives of the national student tournament is to support the development of chess in Armenia, foster new talent and help maintain Armenia’s leading position in the world chess community.

This year, about 700 schools from across Armenia, Karabakh and Javakh competed for the championship title. AGBU provided 2000 chess boards to participating schools and awarded medals and personal computers to the winning teams.

Last Saturday, Armenia’s special affection for chess caught the eye of the BBC, which published an intriguing article and audio podcast titled, “Armenian Revels its Chess Prowess:”

Armenia, with a population of three million, has won the last two men’s world team chess championships, beating opponents including Russia, China, and the US. What is their secret? David Edmonds travelled to the country to find out.

Read the whole article & listen to the report here.


Via the Armenian Mirror-Spectator:

Rachel Goshgarian, the director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, and Rev. Fr. Asoghik Karapetian, the head of Archives at Holy Etchmiadzin—under the auspices of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and with the support of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)—organized an event that fostered dialogue and discussion about library organization and cataloguing as well as book preservation and digitization, among other relevant topics. The conference was the first of many cultural programs to take place in Armenia as part of the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian printing press.

The following libraries participated in the event:

  • the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin,
  • the Catholicate of Cilicia,
  • the Patriarchates of Constantinople and Jerusalem,
  • the Mkhitarian Brotherhoods of Venice and Vienna,
  • the Bzommar Armenian Catholic Clergy Institute,
  • the Mesrob Mashdots Manuscript Repository,
  • the National Library of Armenia,
  • the National Archives of Armenia,
  • the Fundamental Library of the Armenian Academy of Sciences,
  • Yerevan State University,
  • Harvard University’s Widener Library,
  • the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor),
  • the British Library,
  • the Bibliotheque Nationale de France,
  • the Yeghishe Charents Museum of Literature and Art,
  • the Abovian Armenian National Library,
  • the AGBU Nubarian Library,
  • the American University of Armenia,
  • the National Children’s Library of Armenia,
  • the Avedik Isahakyan Central Library,
  • the Armenian Library and Museum of America,
  • the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research,
  • the Armenian Cultural Foundation,
  • the Armenian Prelacy, and
  • many of the regional libraries of Armenia.

Click here to download the PDF (152KB) of the latest AGBU Armenia News Bulletin.