Dumanian Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies

Dumanian Armenian Studies Endowment

In 1983, the late Dr. Ara Vahan Dumanian and Edma Dumanian, together with the United Armenian Cultural Association, gave a gift to establish an endowment for Armenian studies at the University of Chicago. Over the following decades Dr. and Mrs. Dumanian continued to support the endowment, which is now known as the Dumanian Armenian Studies Fund.

Today, the Dumanian Armenian Studies Fund allows NELC to bring renowned scholars to campus every year to teach a class on a topic in Armenian studies and give a public lecture on their work.

The Dumanian Armenian Studies Fund has been central to establishing NELC and the University of Chicago as one of the premiere institutions for Armenian studies in the United States. 

Past Dumanian Visiting Professors


Dumanian Lectures

"A Ship With Two Rudders?" Sebouh Aslanian, Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair of Modern Armenian History and Associate Professor in the Department of History at UCLA. Public lecture delivered on Thursday, April 18th, 2019.
"Armenians Beyond Diaspora: Making Lebanon Their Own," Tsolin Nalbantian, 2019 Dumanian Visiting Professor. Public lecture delivered on Thursday, February 21st, 2019.
“Writing the Art of Armenia” Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and Architecture at Tufts University. Public lecture delivered on January 11th, 2019.
“Never Bow in Servitude: Ottoman Armenian Women's Writings on Antimilitarism and People's Right to Self-defense," Melissa Bilal, 2018 Visiting Dumanian Professor. Public lecture delivered on May 24, 2018.