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AUA Instructor Commemorates Genocide Centennial with 100 Years, 100 Facts

YEREVAN, Armenia – On February 2, 2015, American University of Armenia (AUA) Instructor Nareg Seferian gave a presentation on The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project. The presentation was hosted by the Political Science and International Affairs (PSIA) program, as part of a series of seminars that are held every Monday at 3:30 PM. Dr. Simon Clarke, Chair of the PSIA program, introduced the speaker.

The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project, accessible through 100years100facts.com, is a joint initiative of Seferian and friend Lena Adishian. It is a collection of one hundred facts about Armenians and Armenia, with topics ranging from those related to the genocide, to Armenian music, language, religion, notable figures, various Diaspora communities, and much more. The purpose of the online initiative is to educate and raise awareness about Armenian history and culture as a way to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

“Although we have one hundred years of this tragic history, Lena and I wanted us 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. We’re still waiting to hear about whether it can get translated,” Seferian said.

Nareg Seferian is an AUA instructor, researcher, and writer. He 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.

The presentation was part of AUA’s 1915 Centennial series commemorating the one hundred years since the Armenian Genocide.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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Nareg Seferian presents on the 100 Years, 100 Facts Project

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Nareg Seferian