Alvina Hovhannisyan is a lecturer at Yerevan State University in Armenia. She teaches standard Arabic and modern Hebrew and lectures on different topics, including intercultural dialogue. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Arabic studies. In 2009, Alvina completed the one-year program at Paideia, The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. She has also participated in many academic programs, conferences and research projects in Russia, Egypt, Israel, Germany, Sweden, and more. Alvina’s specific areas of interest include intercultural relations between Jews and Arabs in the Middle Ages, Jewish studies and Jewish-Arab coexistence in modern times, and she has published articles on these subjects. Alvina is actively involved in projects that aim to enhance Jewish community life and to develop Jewish studies programs in Armenia. Beginning in 2010, she has led Jewish Study week , a series of seminars in Yerevan with the cooperation and support of different universities and organizations.