© Sharokin Betgevargiz
Ever aware of the growing need to have a program dedicated to protecting the Assyrian identity, the Assyrian Studies Association created the Preserving Assyria program. Through this program, we’re actively working to promote and preserve the Assyrian identity through our three initiatives: Heritage Archive, Oral History, and Giving Back.
Heritage Archive Initiative
Under our Preserving Assyria program, we operate our Heritage Archive Initiative through which we professionally preserve, revitalize, and restore rare Assyrian books, photographs, and other historical documents.
From left to right: Fr. Paulos Be-Daro - Cal mawte d Gandi - Sefro suryoyo 1948, and Ashur S. Yousif (1858 - 1915) who was born in the town of Harput in the Ottoman Empire. Yousif was a professor, philosopher, writer, and author of the periodical Murshid Athuriyon (The Assyrian Guide).
Oral History Initiative
Under our Preserving Assyrian program, we operate our Oral History Initiative through which we support virtual projects that introduce a dialogue to the backdrop of archival materials. Within this initiative, we are supporting films that historically record, document, and positively preserve Assyrian American communities' history across the United States.
Assyrians shown in Dr. Ruth Kambar and Annie Elias's oral history film entitled, Assyrians in Motion 1937 Film Project. The film documents Assyrian refugees living in diaspora, having escaped genocide to establish a new home in the United States.
Giving Back Initiative
Assyrian Studies Association's grant recipients. From left to right: Nahrain Rasho, Mariam Georgis, Michael Youash, and Riva Gewarges at the 2019 Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Under our Preserving Assyria program, we manage our Giving Back Initiative by providing grants to scholars and graduate students to conduct original research on the Assyrian people, history, and culture and offer grants to students to present their research at academic conferences. We are giving back to our Assyrian community through this initiative by providing grants to promote the academic
study of the longue durée of the Assyro-Mesopotamian heritage.