The Melikian Center is a comprehensive research and training center with both instructional and research missions. It is home to over 40 faculty affiliates from ASU and community colleges throughout Arizona.

As an instructional unit, the Center sponsors the Critical Languages Institute, one of the largest summer training academies for intensive training in less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.

As a research unit, the Melikian Center capitalizes on its partnerships with more than a dozen East European and Eurasian universities to build programs of academic exchange, international development, and collaborative research.

In its outreach programming, the Center implements short-term training programs for professionals from Eurasia.

The Center has implemented research and educational programs for the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Education, and the Department of Defense, among others.

Founded in 1984, the Center received its name in late 2006, in recognition of the generous support ofGregory and Emma Melikian.

News & Events

October 22, 2015

Ana Hedberg Olenina, Ass’t Professor of Russian Film Studies, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Originally from Lithuania, Professor Olenina completed her Ph.D. degree (Harvard, 2012) in comparative literature with... more

Time: 3:00pm Location: Coor Hall 4411
October 29, 2015

Peter Schmelz, ASU School of Music

Professor Schmelz is a new affiliate of the Melikian Center and a new faculty member in the ASU School of Music. An authority on “unofficial” music of the Soviet Union, Schmelz comes to AS... more

Time: 3:00pm Location: Coor Hall 4411
November 12, 2015

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Author of Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-48 (Cambridge U. Pess, 2014), Melikian Center faculty affi... more

Time: 3:00pm Location: Coor Hall 4411


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