Haigazian University celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Armenian Press in Lebanon

On Monday, May 7, 2012, Haigazian University hosted its second event under the umbrella of the500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing and the 100th Anniversary of Armenian Press in Lebanon.

Launched under the patronage of Minister of Information, H.E. Me. Walid Daouk, and in the presence of Minister of Industry, Mr. Vrej Sabounjian, MPs Hagop Pakradouni and Serge Toursarkissian, former MPs and government officials, an outstanding and unique exhibition traced the century-long history of Armenian print media in Lebanon, dating back to 1912. The event opened with the welcoming words of Dr. Arda Ekmekji, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, in the name of the organizing committee. Ekmekji offered a brief historical background of Armenia’s 500-year history with printing and publication, and she discussed how the Armenian written press had played an important role in the advancement of the Armenian community in Lebanon.

Dr. Armen Urneshlian, a representative of the organizing committee, tackled the scientific approach of the Armenian specialized press, covering such issues as research methodology for scientific and academic journals and other publications.

University President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, expressed his gratitude to the minister for his patronage, before allowing him to take the floor.

Minister Daouk addressed the important role of Haigazian University and of the Armenian community by blending in with the larger Lebanese society while simultaneously preserving their identity and culture. Daouk gave examples of Armenian pioneers in the field of media in Lebanon, including a former Minister of Information, the late Me. Khatchig Babikian, and the first photojournalist in Lebanon George Semerdjian.

This was followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony and the official opening of the exhibition, which features the first issues of around 150 historical posters and print media pages that tell the story of 100 years of Armenian press in Lebanon. The exhibition is open until Saturday, May 12, from 3 to 7pm.