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Armenia is a historic, beautiful and fascinating country and culture, which I knew very little about, and Nina Wieda is a simply wonderful presenter -- knowledgeable, articulate, expressive, very responsive to questions. The photographs in the presentation were very beautiful, the maps were helpful. I enjoyed the videos of traditional music and dance. I would have liked a few minutes devoted to the lives of everyday people, past and present, such as homes, farms, cities, role of women, etc. Also, since Armenia was once a large empire, and now is a very small country, there must have been many periods of conflict and war, most of which Armenia must have lost, no? The presentation did not touch on that at all.
Instructor provided a very broad introduction to the historical culture of Armenia.
Dr. Wieda provided an orientation to the geographic area and how Armenia got diminished in size over time, explaining why some of their historical artifacts are now located in other countries. I appreciated how she included some brief video clips so we could hear how the language sounds, see a traditional dance of men in the mountains, and hear the sound of a musical instrument that was typical. She also showed many gorgeous photos of Mt. Ararat and the churches and monasteries.
Dr Nina Wieda's enthusiasm and love for Armenia is very communicative. I am myself part of the Armenian diaspora (my family was established in France after the genocide, and we moved to the US 12 years ago), and today's expose did link together a lot of notions I had from family discussions. I now have a "whole picture" of Armenia, that articulates together history, religion, geography, culture and more. Thank you. Time to schedule that many times postponed trip.
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