Hagop and Artemis Nazerian Humanities Lectures

In 2015, University of Rochester Trustee Ani Gabrellian ’84 and Mark Gabrellian ’79 established the Hagop and Artemis Nazerian Humanities Lectures in honor of Ani’s parents’ belief in the benefits of a humanistic education. Immigrants from multi-cultural Middle Eastern and Armenian societies who maintained a broad range of interests in history, literature, philosophy, art and music, as well as a proficiency in many languages, Hagop and Artemis Nazerian embody the classic humanist.

The Hagop and Artemis Nazerian Humanities Lectures will be given annually by a member of the University of Rochester faculty. An internal focus distinguishes this lecture, highlights collaborative efforts across the University, and provides opportunities for participation in special events on campus such as plays, concerts, or art exhibits that are related to the lecture theme and material. The lecture will rotate at least once every four years between Rochester and New York City. The first lecture is anticipated to take place in late winter/early spring 2016.

“The humanities give people different perspectives to approach problems. And, in the long run, the exposure to different ways of thinking will help students to excel in any path they choose,” said Ani Gabrellian. Read more >

Recently, Ani sat down with her mother, Artemis, to talk about the importance of the humanities, what they mean to their family, and much more. Read more >

See the listings under Events for more information about particular speakers.

Inaugural Lecture

For the inaugural lecture on March 2, 2016, A. Joan Saab, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies, presented “Making Sense of What We See: Hoaxes and the American Visual Imagination.” Her lecture examined a series of visual hoaxes and their relationship to new forms of technology in the 19th century. Through fanciful accounts of life on the moon, fossilized giants, and strange and exotic creatures such as mermaids, she demonstrated how people’s ideas of what they could see called into question what was real and what was not.