Armenian Language Instructor
Harout Marashlian, MA, is a lecturer of Armenian Language and Literature at the American University of Armenia and a researcher at H. Acharyan Language Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Marashlian has taught Armenian to non-Armenian speakers at Şehir University in Istanbul where he undertook a comparative study project on modern Armenian and Turkish literature as part of the Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme of the Hrant Dink Foundation. In Istanbul he completed his second M.A. program in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University, where he was teaching assistant of the “20th-Century Short Stories” course. In addition to this, Mr. Marashlian participated in developing Western Armenian Language and Literature curriculum for the AGBU Armenian Virtual College for three years. A native of Aleppo and a speaker of Arabic, he has also taught Arabic in Yerevan. His research and teaching interests include modern Western and Eastern Armenian literature, comparative grammar studies and development of literary language terminology.
Turkish Language Instructor
Klaus Liebe-Harkort, PhD, is a retired linguist and turcologist who has over forty years of experience in teaching languages: Turkish to Germans and German to Turkish speakers. Having studied turocology in Tübingen, Marburg, Köln, Hamburg and Istanbul, Dr. Liebe-Harkort defended his PhD thesis on a topic in Ottoman history at the University of Hamburg and commenced a remarkable teaching career at various institutions, above all Bremen University and several branches of the Goethe Institut. His numerous publications include textbooks of Turkish as a foreign language, translations of Turkish prose and poetry, articles on methods and politics of pedagogy and studies on social integration of children of immigrants. Between the year 2006 and 2014 Dr. Liebe-Harkort has been working in the governance of Aziz Nesin Foundation, a charitable organization created by Turkish writer Aziz Nesin dedicated to education of orphans and children of disadvantaged backgrounds.
Persian Language Instructor
Maryam Torabi, MA, is a scholar of Medieval Armenian and Persian literary traditions. Having studied Armenian and Persian literature in Isfahan Ms. Torabi came to Armenia to work on her doctoral dissertation, which she is currently completing in the Department of Linguistics at Yerevan State University. She focuses on the language of the eighteenth-century poet Sayat-Nova exploring his engagement with Persian poetry. Apart from teaching Armenian to Iranians and Persian to Armenians she has formerly served as the librarian of the Blue Mosque in Yerevan.
Polina Ivanova is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University. She received her B.A. at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and her M.A. likewise at Harvard. Her research interests include history of Anatolia in the medieval and early modern period, as well as history of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.