Cultural Night: Armenia


Sean Lee

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University of North Dakota


Despite only being at The University of North Dakota for less than a year, Armenuhi Ghazaryan is already teaching the University community a thing or two.

A native of the Republic of Armenia, Ghazaryan is proud of her nation’s culture and heritage. To really identify an Armenian, she said, “It only depends on your spirit and how you live your life.”

Ghazaryan, particularly proud of her nation’s rich history, presented her culture before a large group of students in the Loading Dock last Thursday.

As an exchange student, Armenuhi is only in the United States for one year. “It’s different here. Things are more formal [in Armenia].” She noted the difference in campus culture and rigidity of study. “At home, Gamble Hall would be its own university,” she said.

North Dakota is geographically more than six times the size of Armenia, yet UND shares many traits with Ghazaryan’s home school, Yerevan State Linguistic University. “I hope to finish my senior year in linguistics when I return,” Ghazaryan said.

After the presentation on Armenian culture, Ghazaryan invited the audience to enjoy some Armenian cuisine. Influenced by Mediterranean, eastern European as well as Middle Eastern cultures, the food of Armenia is a true fusion of flavors.

Following spring break, Ethiopia will kick off the next round of culture nights on Thursday, March 24. All culture nights, held at 6:30 p.m. at the Loading Dock, are free to the public, authentic food costing just $1.