On April 11, 2019, Aztag newspaper’s Piunig Hall in Beirut hosted its 150th media seminar. The topic was “The Little Statue of Hagop Oshagan.” Marine Ghazarian, a lecturer on contemporary Armenian history at Yerevan State University was the speaker.
Jacques Hagopian, one of the editors responsible for Aztag, opened the event. He helpfully enumerated the topics of the previous 149 seminars held by Aztag. Noting that the topics included every matter of concern in Armenian life, he said the seminars played an important role in fostering thoughtful discussion. He hoped the platform continued to play a prominent role in Lebanese-Armenian intellectual life.
Dr. Ghazarian expressed gratitude to Aztag, Hamazkayin, and all who helped her in her work. She found that Oshagan’s work united the spiritual and the instinctive. She emphasized that she studies Oshagan’s novellas and short stories, not his novels. Oshagan’s art, she said, encompasses life broadly and has artistic principles based on the notion that writing means entwining life.