April 19, 2012, noon

Kevork Bardakjian delivered the Sixteenth Annual Vardanants Day Lecture, titled “Scribes, Compositors and the Mind in the Making: the Armenian Script and the Creation of an Armenian Literary Identity.”  Bardakjian is the Marie Manoogian Chair of Armenian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has lectured and published extensively on Armenian language and literature and has recently been elected to the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.

Bardakjian was joined by Dr. Levon Avdoyan, the Library’s Armenian and Georgian area specialist in the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, who discussed “The Continuity and Change of an Armenian Identity in the Digital Age.” Avdoyan is curator of the exhibition titled To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress.

Sponsored by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the lecture was held in the Northeast Pavilion of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. A webcast of the lecture can be viewed at //www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5524.

May 19, 2012, 2 p.m.

The Library of Congress Music Division presented a concert in conjunction with the exhibition. Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan performed in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Hakhnazaryan is a Young Concert Artists laureate who captured the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Fourteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition in June 2011. Hakhnazarian, who was accompanied by Noreen Polera on piano, played works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, Arutiunian, and Komitas Vardapet.