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S. Peter Cowe, is a Professor of Armenian Language and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Cowe is a founding member of the Association internationale des Etudes Arméniennes (1983) and the Society for the Study of Caucasia (1986). From 1987 he served as a member of the executive council of the Society for Armenian Studies, in 1997 Dr. Cowe became the secretary, and in 2001, the vice president of SAS. Dr. Cowe completed the Fraserburgh Academy of Scotland in 1971. In 1975 he received his M.A. in Classics with first class honours. In 1983 he received M.A. in Armenology and subsidiary Theology from the University of Oxford, Mansfield College. From 1980-81 as part of his studies at the State University of Yerevan, he conducted manuscript research at the Matenadaran Institute for the Preservation and Study of Ancient Manuscripts. In 1983 Dr. Cowe received Ph.D. in Armenology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1983-84 he was a lecturer in Armenian Studies at HUJ. From 1984 to 1996 he lectured Armenian Studies at the Columbia University, New York. In 1996 Dr. Cowe became Professor of Armenian Studies at UCLA. In 2000 he was appointed as the holder of the Grigor Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Language and Culture at UCLA.

Dr. Cowe is the author of Commentary on the Divine Liturgy by Xosrov Anjewatsi (1991); The Armenian Version of Daniel (1992); Mxitar Sasnetsi's Theological Discourses (1993); The Armenian Manuscripts in the Cambridge University Library (1994); Modern Armenian Drama: An Anthology (2001); has edited, translated and contributed to The Deaconess in the Armenian Church (1994); Pilgrimage to Jerusalem by the Eastern Churches (1984); Armenian as a Pluricentric Language (1991); The Armenian Version of the Epistle of Jeremiah (1991); Text and Context: Studies in the Armenian New Testament (1994); New Approaches to Middle Armenian Language and Literature (1995); Generic and Methodological Developments in Theology in Caucasia From the Fourth to Eleventh Centuries Within an East Christian Context (1996); The Glory of Byzantium (1997); Medieval Armenian Literary and Cultural Trends in The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times volume 2 (1997); Relations between the Kingdoms of Vaspurakan and Ani in Armenian Van/Vaspurakan (2000) and has also published numerous articles.

PETER COWE (UCLA) has published “The Tome of Leo: Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Perspectives” St. Nersess Theological Review 3 (1998), pp. 1-21.

He has a chapter in a book, “Text Critical Investigation of the Armenian Version of Third Corinthians,” Apocryphes armeniens, V. Canzolari Bouvier et al (eds.), Lausanne: Editions du Zebre, 1999, pp. 91-102. He gave a conference paper: “Prometheus Redivivus: Three Twentieth-Century Adaptations of a Caucasian Myth,” Middle East Two Thousand Conference, UC Santa Barbara.

The second number of the student annual Moutk appeared in Spring 2000. Sponsored by the Program in Armenian Language and Culture, UCLA, and edited by Dr. Anahid Aramouni Keshishian, the volume contains thirty-seven submissions in East and West Armeni an, as well as English. The lively collection contains news and views, reviews, investigative interviews, overviews of student life, personal reflections, and essays on contemporary themes.


UCLA's Prof. Cowe Will Speak on Origins Of Armenian Alphabet at CSUF, Oct. 21

FRESNO - Dr. Peter Cowe of UCLA will speak on "The Origins of the Armenian Alphabet and Its Cultural Impact" Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alice Peters Auditorium, Rm. 191 of the University Business Center on the Fresno State campus.

The presentation is part of the Armenian Studies Program Fall 2005 Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Armenian Students Organization. Joining Dr. Cowe will be Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian of the ASP who will speak on "The Political Situation in Armenia on the Eve of the Invention of the Armenian Alphabet."

This year marks the 1600th anniversary of the invention of the Armenian Alphabet. Der Mugrdechian's presentation will explore the political situation of the time, while Dr. Cowe will focus on the Armenian sources for the invention and also discuss the impact on the Armenian culture, especially in art.

Dr. Cowe is Naregatsi Professor of Armenian Language and Culture at UCLA and is an internationally recognized authority on the Armenian language. He is a founding member of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes (1983). Dr. Cowe received his PhD in Armenology from Hebrew University and has taught at Columbia University (1984-1996) and at UCLA since 1996. Dr. Cowe is the author of Commentary on the Divine Liturgy by Xosrov Anjewatsi (1991), The Armenian Version of Daniel (1992), and Modern Armenian Drama: An Anthology (2001), among other books.

Der Mugrdechian has been teaching for more that10 years in the Armenian Studies Program at CSUF. He has served as the President of the Society for Armenian Studies (2000-2004) and currently is the SAS Treasurer.

Relaxed parking will be available in Lots A and J after 7:00 PM the night of the lecture. For more information on the presentations, contact the Armenian Studies Program at 278-2669.

California Courier Online, October 13, 2005

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