WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America's (Assembly) special in-person event, "The Power of Community in Strengthening Armenia & Artsakh," will feature distinguished panelists who will discuss relevant issues facing our homeland today, including the erasure of cultural heritage, the role of media, and diasporan impact on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at The Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium, located at 41 Cooper Square in New York City. A networking happy hour event will take place following the panel discussions at nearby Phebe's Tavern. Registration is free and open to the public. The panels will each be an hour in length, and will include question and answer sessions. Confirmed panelists for Armenian cultural heritage (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm) include Dr. Tamar Boyadjian, Associate Professor of Medieval Studies at Michigan State University and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies; Dr. Rachel Goshgarian, Associate Professor of History at Lafayette College; and Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief and co-founder of the arts online magazine, Hyperallergic. The role of media during the Arstakh War panel (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm) will have panelists Harout Ekmanian, Esq., public international law attorney, and Arsen Kharatyan, editor-in-chief of Tbilisi-based Aliq Media. The speakers for the diaspora's impact in Armenia and Artsakh panel (5:00 pm to 6:00 pm) will feature Alecko Eskandarian, Director of Player Development at Major League Soccer; Alexandra Kaprielian, businesswoman and manager of U.S. distribution of Takri Wine; Aram Spendjian, president at Lorens NYC and Hoops 4 Hayastan team member; attorneys and Armenian Bar Association members Taline Sahakian, Esq. and Karén Tonoyan, Esq. Building on the momentum of the Assembly's 2021 Fall Advocacy Week, held virtually during the week of September 27 in solemn remembrance of the Artsakh War, the upcoming "The Power of Community in Strengthening Armenia & Artsakh," will further the discussion of critical topics within the Armenian American community. "We are excited to present an in-person event in New York City with such a powerful lineup of panelists, who will share their unique insights and experiences in relation to Armenia and Artsakh," said Assembly Communications Director Taleen Babayan. "We look forward to creating an opportunity to bring the community together to learn, inform, and spark conversation and connections to further advance our shared goals." Please note The Cooper Union's COVID-19 policies, which require all panelists and guests to show proof of vaccination.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.