On July 12, 2012, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian welcomed Dr. Kevork Bardakjian, Professor of Armenian Studies at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, to the Diocesan Headquarters in Burbank.
Dr. Bardakjian learned about the 85-year history of the Western Diocese and of the numerous humanitarian missions which it supports.
Dr. Kevork Bardakjian – A brief biography
Dr. Kevork Bardakjian received his first degree in Armenian studies from the University of Yerevan, Armenia, and his D.Phil. from Oxford University, England. As a Senior Lecturer and Armenian Bibliographer at Harvard University from 1974 to 1987, he taught Armenian literature, language and culture.
In 1987, he became the first holder of the newly-established Marie Manoogian Chair of Armenian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, and founded as well as directed the University of Michigan Summer Armenian Institute in Yerevan, Armenia (1987-2010). From 1995 to 2007, he was Director of the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
Professor Bardakjian is the current President of the Society for Armenian Studies and has been an active member since his two consecutive terms in the mid-1980s in this same role. He has also served as a member of the editorial boards of various journals of Armenian studies.
He has lectured extensively in the US and abroad on various aspects of Armenian literature, language, history and culture, and is the author of a number of books and articles.