USC Institute of Armenian Studies to Host Symposium on Diaspora Unity

LOS ANGELES–The Institute of Armenian Studies at the University Southern California (USC) will host a special daylong symposium on the Armenian Diaspora set to take place Saturday, November 20 at USC’s Town and Gown.

The conference will explore the possible establishment of a unity framework that could represent Armenians throughout the international Armenian Diaspora. The symposium will  analyze whether a transnational organization could create, for the first time, an elected leadership with political and economic clout capable of promoting Armenian interests, preserving cultural values and defending Armenian rights.

“Armenians are great believers in unity. Actually, they are obsessed with it. Yet, despite all the talk about unifying the Armenian people, writing fiery poems and singing patriotic songs about the benefits of unity, this most cherished dream remains elusive. Even in perilous times, Armenians have remained at odds and marched to the beat of different drummers,” says Harut Sassounian, publisher of the California Courier.

Speakers at the conference are: Gov. George Deukmejian; former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans; attorney Mark Geragos; California Courier publisher Harut Sassounian; journalist/author Mark Arax; Prof. R. Hrair Dekmejian, USC; Prof. Stephan H. Astourian, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Gaidz Minassian, Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris; Archalus Tcheknavorian-Asenbauer, Senior Advisor, United Nations, Vienna; Prof. Levon Marashlian, Glendale Community College; and Prof. Andrew Demirdjian, California State University, Long Beach.

The symposium is open to the public and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the USC Campus. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

For reservations or further information, please contact the USC Institute of Armenian Studies:armenian@college.usc.edu.

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  1. Dav said:

    As a political science student I love the opportunity to not only meet new people with the same background but also discuss an important issue with such prominent individuals. You can count me in. We need more of these.

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