AGBU Papazian Library Joins Tumanyan Reading Marathon to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Hovhannes Tumanyan

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YEREVAN, Armenia – On February 19, 2019, the AGBU Papazian Library of the American University of Armenia (AUA) took part in the Tumanyan Reading Marathon in celebration of the 150th birthday anniversary of Armenian poet, writer, translator, literary and public activist Hovhannes Tumanyan. The event was organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia (RA) and the Embassy of the United States of America to Armenia.

Representatives of libraries in Armenia and abroad read poems, fairy tales, and stories by the famous poet on a shared online platform. Joining from AGBU Papazian Library were Araz Margossian, Circulation Desk Assistant, and Hasmik Galstyan, Head of Reference and Circulation Services, who read Tumanyan’s quatrains translated by Dr. Shushan Avagyan, Assistant Professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Coordinator of the graduate Certificate in Translation program, and Director of the AUA Press.

“The Marathon was a great opportunity to present to the world the quatrains of our beloved poet Hovhannes Tumanyan in English,” shared Margossian.

The video of the virtual readings can be accessed here.

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.