“Armenia’s and Progressive Politics” Announces Program

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western USA will be hosting an "Armenia’s and Progressive Politics" Conference on June 6 and 7, 2008. The conference will be a critical examination of subjects pertinent to Armenia’s’ political, social, and economic situation within a global context.
Featuring distinguished speakers, the panels’ topics are Raising Social Consciousness Through Art and Music, Women’s Issues/Feminism, Social and Democracy Issues in Armenia, Labor and Related Social Issues, and Media Democracy and Reform.
Some of the noteworthy speakers who will be participating in the conference are: Vahe Berberian, who will be discussing social consciousness through art and music; Levon Marashlian, who will be discussing social democracy issues in Armenia; David Barsamian who will be tackling the topic of Media Democracy and Reform; and UCLA Professor Roger Waldinger, who will be talking about labor issues in America. California Assemblymember Paul Krekorian will be moderating the panel on Raising Social Consciousness Through Art and Music.

Below is the complete schedule of the conference:

Organized by Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Sponsored by Armenian Cultural Foundation, and Media Sponsor KPFK.

Conference on Social Justice

Date: June 6-7, 2008
Locations: GLENDALE PUTLIC LIBRARY & GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Friday Session – Opening Night at GLENDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
222 E. Harvard St. Glendale, CA 91205

Raising Social Consciousness Through Art and Music – 7:30pm
Vahe Berberian
Lalo Alcarez
Jerry Quickley
Moderator: Paul Krekorian

Saturday Sessions at GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1500 North Verdugo Road Glendale, CA 91208 – Library Building-room 222

Women’s Issues/Feminism -10:00am session
Presenting, discussing, and reflecting on the disadvantaged life conditions of women in Armenia and the Diaspora, the positions of men in these circumstances, and contextualizing these in the broader feminist movement.
Gohar Shahnazaryan
Lena Bozoian
Nancy Agabian
Moderator: Nayiri Nahabedian

Social and Democracy Issues in Armenia – 11:45am session
Evolving socio-economic conditions in Armenia, particularly poverty and developing democracy/individual rights and the role of the constitutional, legal, and judicial infrastructure therein.
Armineh Arakelian
Khatchik Der Ghougasian
Levon Marashlian
Moderator: Markar Melkonian

Local Labor and Related Social Issues – 2:15pm session
Addressing the emergent labor pool in the United States, rising from Armenia’s economic conditions.
Roger Waldinger
Tye Hudson
Moderator: Aram Kouyoumjian

Media Democracy and Reform – 4:00pm session
Describing corporate and establishment control of the media and its role of skewing, under-covering, and misrepresenting social and Armenian issues.
David Barsamian
Maria Armoudian
Greg Krikorian
Moderator: Maral Habeshian

For more information, visit the conference website at: http://www.armenianprogressive.com/westcoast.htm

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