Dr. Hrayr Jebejian conducted the class
06.12.2023
Dr. Hrayr Jebejian conducted the class

The “Syurk” Scientific-Educational Centre of the Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) and the Chair of Armenian New and Modern Literature and its Teaching Methods after Vache Partizuni often organize meetings with Diaspora Armenian figures.

General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Arab Gulf countries, PhD in Theology and publicist Hrayr Jebejian delivered a lecture, which was part of the course on Diaspora Armenian literature at the Faculty of Philology (lecturer: Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor Knarik Abrahamyan).

The speaker presented the career of Diaspora Armenian writer Hamasdegh, but first touched upon Kharberd (the natural land of the writer) and the hometown (Perchenj village), noting that the writer’s world views derive from his autobiography.

Hrayr Jebejian set aside two short stories, including “A Talk with a Dog” and “The Rain”, which the students had been assigned to read ahead of the lecture.

These short stories show how Hamasdegh has mastered the Christian commandments, and Jebejian touched upon these commandments through a thorough discussion of the original work, based on his commitment as a professional as well. “The short story “A Talk with a Dog” describes the Armenian Genocide as psychology, as suffering and as an opportunity to seek ways for rescue. When you are deprived of your land and exposed to genocide, you don’t stop living; Hamasdegh tries to tell us that even though there are uncertainties and hardships, life must not stop,” Hrayr Jebejian emphasized.

Jebejian added that “The Rain” is the search for people of the lost native land and their relations and the harmony between nature and man where that which is social is not too primary. “And this is the characteristic of the romanticism of Hamasdegh that makes him one of the greatest authors of books about longing,” he added.

Director of “Spyurk” Centre, Head of the Chair of Armenian New and Modern Literature and its Teaching Methods after Vache Partizuni, Professor Suren Danielyan attached importance to the meeting and noted that it serves as a good opportunity for students to listen to a native speaker and seek different understanding and interpretation within the scope of the material. “What is presented outlines the movements of history and psychology of the preceding generations in the case of Armenians of the Diaspora. In this way, it is also the biography of today’s speaker,” Danielyan said.

During the class, the guest lecturer and students engaged in active dialogue during which the guest lecturer asked questions through which he also opened new windows for perception, based on his experience.

 

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