THE ARMENIAN NATIONALITY ROOM
Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs
University of Pittsburgh
After more than a decade of organizing, planning and fundraising, the Armenian Nationality Room was dedicated on Sunday, August 28, 1988. Inspired by the architectural beauty and stone masonry of the 10th- 12th century Sanahin Monastery, the room’s design and features were based on the monastery’s maternadaran (library). Arches built from Indiana limestone, form the base for the dome which culminates in the opening to the sky or yertik. The Armenian Nationality Room possesses unique features such as the gold-leafed alphabet developed in 404 A.D. and still in use as well as the heritage wall bearing the names of historically important Armenians from the 1st century B.C. to the 20th century. A cross is carved into the Room’s solid white oak door with a relief of Mt. Ararat on the top. A basalt stone from the grounds of Sanahin serves as the cornerstone. In the mortar behind it are the thumbprints of five of the oldest Armenians living in Pittsburgh and the hand print of six-month-old Nora Shnorhokian, then the city’s youngest Armenian, symbolizing the continuity of the Armenian presence in western Pennsylvania.
Intercultural Exchange Program
The Armenian Room Committee enhances the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program’s (NRIEP) mission of preserving and promoting understanding of Pittsburgh’s diverse ethnic heritage. This is done through the construction of Nationality and Heritage Rooms, Summer Study Abroad Scholarships, faculty grants, international fellowship and cultural events. To accomplish the cultural exchange mission, the NRIEP and the Armenian Room Committee have created the Armenian Room Fellowship for an Armenian scholar to conduct research at the University of Pittsburgh during the Fall Term. The scholar will conduct research focusing on best-practices methods in his or her field with the hope that it will contribute to the body of knowledge in Armenia.
3) The third step is to complete and submit the application form after completing steps one and two. The application is attached here. Your completed application must be submitted by the deadline of March 30.
4) If your application is accepted by the review committee, you will receive a formal letter of invitation and materials will be sent to the Office of International Services to issue the document required to apply for a J-1 Visiting Scholar visa as the consulate of the United States in Armenia.
LENGTH OF STAY:
The research will take place during the Fall Term which is between mid-August through mid-December - approximately four months. In order to find suitable housing, fellows will be required to arrive two weeks before the term begins.
The application deadline is March 30 of each year.
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