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Translations by AUA Graduates Published in “Inknagir” Literary Magazine

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YEREVAN, Armenia ‒ The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that three translations by graduates of AUA’s Certificate in Translation (CTRA) and English and Communications (E&C) programs were among the twenty-seven works published in the ninth issue of the literary magazine Inknagir, edited by Violet Grigoryan and Vahan Ishkhanyan. The issue titled “Sovereign Babble” was presented at the Club Café on December 6, 2018, and is dedicated to Armenia’s Velvet Revolution featuring both original works and translations on the topic.

“I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Vahan Ishkhanyan notifying us of their selections,” said Shushan Avagyan, Assistant Professor at the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS). “One of the translations, ‘The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual’ by the noted American philosopher and critic Cornel West, was the result of the collaborative effort of thirteen students (CTRA ‘17) who worked together on the piece as part of their practicum.”

The other two pieces included in the volume were by two prominent American writers of the New Journalism movement, Joan Didion (“Why I Write” translated by Ani Baghumyan, E&C ‘17) and Norman Mailer (“Stamina” translated by Margo Gevorgyan, CTRA ‘17).

All three authors are appearing in Armenian for the very first time.

“Their appearance in the volume on the Velvet Revolution is especially significant as the editors made  meaningful connections between these foreign authors who revolutionized their own intellectual disciplines and the critical changes taking place in Armenia today,” noted Avagyan.

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.