Stephanie Ayanian . Courtesy image

Ayanian film to celebrate Armenian American culture

Tom Vartabedian reports on Stephanie Ayanian's plans for a documentary that will focus on Armenian American families, her way of marking the Armenian Genocide centennial in 2015.



Maria Mehranian.

Calendar of Events

Maria Mehranian will speak on California's high speed rail on October 23 in Pasadena; for details about this and other upcoming Armenian happenings in America, consult the Calendar of Events.




Arts & Culture



Avetik Karapetyan as Don Quixote.

Avetik Karapetyan makes strides in ballet

Tom Vartabedian profiled the Yerevan-born dancer while he was with Boston Ballet, prior to his recent move to France.



Arto Vaun and Aida Zilelian were the 2014 prize winners.

Candidates sought for Tololyan prize in contemporary literature

The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society of Eastern United States is pleased to solicit submissions for the third annual Minas and Kohar Tölölyan Prize in Contemporary Literature.



Jury for 2014 Saroyan prize selected

Arthur Elbakyan's play to premiere in New York City

Ervand Kochar exhibition opens at Cafesjian




National



Gus Bilirakis (left) and Robert Dold. Official photos

New Armenian caucus co-chair selected; former caucus vice-chair endorsed

The Armenian National Committee of America reports about the selection of Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) as the new caucus co-chair and endorses Robert Dold (R) in the Illinois congressional race.



USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (2nd from right) with Richard Antaramian (left), Richard Hovannisian and Salpi Ghazarian (right). Photo by Shahe Melelian

USC Institute of Armenian Studies marks 10th anniversary with new appointments

Salpi Ghazarian, a senior nonprofit and education sector professional, will lead USC Dornsife's Institute of Armenian Studies. Armenian studies scholars Richard Antaramian and Richard Hovannisian will bring their expertise to the institute as affiliated faculty.



Washington Armenian Genocide museum feasibility study planned, as CFF chair visits Armenia

A 2015 pivot toward truth, justice and security

Nebraska to host international conference on Armenian Genocide




Armenia



Laura Bilazarian, Nina Kouyoumdjian, Hrag Hamalian and Glen Dalakian.

HIVE, a collaborative online platform to promote Armenia jobs

Ishkhan Jinbashian speaks with the creative team behind the project funded by the Hovnanian Foundation.



Some of the graduates of the Gyumri IT Center. Courtesy image

Gyumri IT Center: 97% of our graduates have found work in Armenia

Joseph Dagdigian interviews Amalya Yeghoyan, director, Gyumri IT Center, a project of the Fund for Armenian Relief.



IAEA supports medical isotope production in Armenia

AMAA's Avedisian school opens doors in Yerevan

Diplomats, Viva Cell, Marriott partner in Fuller Center projects




Community



Michael Charchaflian at the Billerica House of Correction. Courtesy image

Michael Charchaflian in Boston prison ministry

The steel doors to the Billerica House of Correction are 10 deep before Michael Charchaflian encounters an inmate or detainee.



ABA lawyers and law students taking part in the program.

ABA, AYF co-host free legal clinic for SoCal community

Dozens of lawyers, law students, and community members gathered on September 18, to participate in a free legal clinic reaching deep into the Armenian community of Southern California.



Fresno's Keyan school gets major donation

ARS reopens one-day school in Santa Monica

Calendar of Events




Commentary



Leading human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson authored a report on the genocide in 2009. Image from Australian Human Rights Commission video

On Armenian Genocide politics in UK and Romania

Harut Sassounian comments on the recent change in British official rhetoric on the genocide and a recent conference in Bucharest.



Mitch Kehetian with the last Armenian in Bingol, Turkey. Image from Youtube video.

1969 trip to historic Armenia told in video

In a moving slide show, Detroit's Mitch Kehetian recalls his trip in search of his lost cousins and family origins in Sepastia, Erzurum, Moush and Keghi, half a century after the genocide.



Diyarbakir Armenians on a trip to Armenia

Lawsuits, legislation, lobbying: all ahead of Genocide centennial

From stateless thinking to the Forum of independent minds




International



At a Paris protest earlier this year. Jean Eckian

Armenians in solidarity with Kurds, Christians under attack in Syria and Iraq

Armenian activists have joined demonstrations in Washington, New York and Paris, calling attention to the plight of minorities in the Middle East.



Heads of state at the NATO summit last September. Official photo

Report offers roadmap for Armenia’s relations with the West

Policy Forum Armenia think tank argues that domestic change can unleash development and independence from growing Russia's dominance.



Senate approves ambassadors to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey

Armenian POW beats odds to return from Azerbaijan captivity

Armenian memorial blown up amid fighting in Deir Zor




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Everyday Armenia

A short documentary capturing Yerevan's daily happenings was produced by Aid Armenia charity.

Cafesjian Center

World-class art in the heart of Armenian capital


Elsewhere

Taner Akcam...

raises alarm over anti-Armenian hate speech and distortions in Turkish school textbooks (CivilNet) [posted on: October 10, 2014]

Ruben Vardanian...

makes international school in Dilijan a reality with students from 50 countries beginning their studies (CivilNet) [posted on: October 10, 2014]

Armenia...

remains little-known around the world, can Wikipedia change that? (BBC) [posted on: September 14, 2014]


 

Editorial

National Bank of Washington building (center) and four structures to the left reverted to the Cafesjian Foundation. PQLiving.com


Hirair Hovnanian continues to block Genocide memorial & museum in DC

Assembly leader's delay tactics are detrimental to Armenian Americans' interests.