Presentation of “Memories of Arshavir Shavarshyan” book held at ASPU
29.05.2024
Presentation of “Memories of Arshavir Shavarshyan” book held at ASPU

The Museum of the Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) hosted the presentation of the book “Memories of Arshavir Shavarshyan”, which is written by Elizabeth Isabekyan and presents the life and career of prominent pedagogue-psychologist Arshavir Shavarshyan, as well as biographical details of other figures in the field of enlightenment.

Among those attending the presentation of the book dedicated to first Rector of the Armenian State Pedagogical University, Professor Arshavir Shavarshyan were the University’s administration and professors, intelligentsia, Shavarshyan’s family members, and students.

Talking about the great pedagogue, ASPU Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan considered a pattern the fact that the son who was born to the family of Priest Movses Arshavyan could not have been any other way; the requirements that his father had initially set forth for him for his education are clearly expressed in his career.

The Rector attached importance to the fact that the ASPU, as represented by the young pedagogues, will, through research, discover the profile of Arshavir Shavarshyan as a type of teacher, pedagogue, who had his specific attitude towards the homeland and attached importance to education within national identity with his attitude towards the homeland.

Head of Department of the Yeghishe Charents Museum of Literature and Arts, Advisor to the Director of the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran) Gurgen Gasparyan expressed his words of appreciation to the administration of the ASPU for marking the anniversary of the University’s founder and for hosting the book presentation, as well as to the family and heirs of Shavarshyan.

Gurgen Gasparyan mentioned that the memoir presents not only Elizabeth’s memories of her husband, but also contains interesting details about the life of Armenians in Igdir, the remarkable Armenian figures and historical-political events of the particular era.

Gasparyan noted that this is the story of an Armenian woman which, being a book of memories, also serves as one of the major sources of Armenian history in that era; there are many facts that researchers can refer to in their works. The speaker also attached importance to the work done by the book’s editor-in-chief, Head of the ASPU Chair of Museology, Library Studies and Bibliography, Professor Amatuni Virabyan, who enriched the book with his beneficial annotations and made corrections to make the book significant in terms of the study of sources.

Head of the Chair of Museology Amatuni Virabyan admits that even though he has edited several books and works, editing this book was extremely difficult. “With respect to the manuscripts, there was misreading, and the book was extensive. Besides, Elizabeth was so in love with and devoted to her husband that there had to be love and a story within the book,” Amatuni Virabyan said.

Virabyan attached importance to the book from another perspective as well, that is, presenting the Gaianyan and Mayranyan Schools from the inside and presenting Arshavir Shavarshyan as not only a pedagogue, but also a patriotic person and a person devoted to education.

“This book is for those who wish to receive information about Armenian intellectuals and pedagogy and, most importantly, those who wish to know the history of Armenian education, which exists to this day,” Amatuni Virabyan mentioned and considered himself lucky to have edited the book about the person who was highly devoted to education.

Karen Shavarshyan, the grandson of Arshavir Shavarshyan, feels more than proud that a scientific conference is being held to celebrate Arshavir Shavarshyan the figure. He assures that the generations have received from their grandfather the patriotism, adding that he served as a brilliant example of this when he disregarded all opportunities to continue his education abroad and dedicated himself to the development of education in the homeland.

Director of the ASPU Museum Alvard Grigoryan notes that the Museum often works with families to replenish the collections, but in this case, the Museum was dealing with devoted individuals. It was in the interest of the family members to make sure the life and career of Arshavir Shavarshyan are presented in the Museum as well.

Armine Shavarshyan, who is the great-granddaughter of Arshavir Shavarshyan and who was attending the book presentation, notes that it took a long time to publish the book; after Shavarshyan’s death in 1960, his wife decided to put the career of her husband down on paper, and this took her 10 years.

Armine Shavarshyan, who is a researcher at the Yeghishe Charents Museum of Literature and Arts, mentions that she had the mission to turn her grandfather’s and her mother’s dream into a reality and decode the manuscripts. “This process ended in 2024 and coincided with the grand anniversary, and it is not by chance that the presentation of the book is being held at his very University, the founder and first director of which was Arshavir Shavarshyan. I believe this frank memoir will spark readers’ interest, and on the backdrop of historical events, they will love the great pedagogue more and will keep his memory alive,” Armine Shavarshyan remarked and handed the original notebook of memories to the University’s History Museum.

As a matter of fact, the family also dedicated to the Museum some of Arshavir Shavarshyan’s personal items and manuscripts which may contain tremendous material for those who are exploring the career of the great figure in the area of education.

The presentation of the book “Memories of Arshavir Shavarshyan” was followed by an exhibition at the Museum where Armine Shavarshyan conducted a tour. The presentation of the books by the great figure was held at the ASPU Scientific Library.

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