This volume is a collection of scholarly articles in honor of Dr. Dickran Kouymjian, whose productive career as scholar, teacher, and prolific public speaker has covered more than fifty years, and reflects his interests in a wider field of Armenian Studies, from Armenian history and art to the study of William Saroyan and genocide.
For more than thirty years, from the late 1970s, Kouymjian served as Director of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, and since 1988 he has been the holder of the Haig and Isabel Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies at the same university. He was one of the five original founders of the Society for Armenian Studies, in 1974. Kouymjian resided for part of the year in Paris, France, where he currently lives, and six articles in the French language on Armenian topics enrich this volume. His remarkably productive career is reflected in the scope of articles contained in this Festschrift, with a total of forty-six contributions.