All-Day Conference “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” Set For April 18

PASADENA–The challenges, hurdles, and influences that shape the modern Armenian woman will be the theme of the 4th Annual AGBU Hye Geen Interdisciplinary Conference, taking place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Cal State University, Los Angeles.

The conference titled “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” will feature speakers with diverse backgrounds, who will address educational, psychological, sociological, and economic influences that shape an Armenian woman’s identity.

“Armenian women wear a lot of difference hats, and balancing these responsibilities with our ethnic identity may cause undue anxiety,” said Tamar Kevonian, one of the organizers of the event. “We’re hoping the presentations at this year’s conference will provide solutions to the challenges that we face.”

The conference is being made possible with the cooperation with CSULA’s School of Social Work and the Alpha Epsilon Omega Fraternity.

This year’s topics are the social and cultural norms and expectations in raising sons versus daughters, parents’ reluctance to choose the best educational options that may conflict with ethnocentric expectations, the difficulty of developing and the necessity of preserving individual identity amidst the many roles assumed by women, the new role of single women, the importance of a social network on women’s mental and physical health, the importance of knowing about financial matters, the needs of women over 60, and understanding the generational gap.

The speakers range from various fields of education, social work and science and include Nareg Keshishian and Marina Adamian, Dr. Susanne De Benedittis, DebraKey, Dr. Harout Armenian, Mary Apick, Mary Terzian and Nora Chitilian.

Registration starts at 8:30 AM, and presentations begin at 9:00 AM at the Golden Eagle Conference Center, No. 3, 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032.

Admission for the general public is $30 and includes lunch; admission for students is $15. RSVP via e-mail at or by calling (818) 292 ‘s 3470. Gratis media passes are available by calling organizers.

Organizers and speakers are available for interviews prior to the event.


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