A Panel Discussion with the Participation of Five Young Professionals From Armenia
Moderated by Dr. Anna Ohanian, Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Stonehill College
The panelists will discuss their work experience in Armenia and reflect on their visit to the U.S. The program will include: Yuri Avagyan, communications manager, Restart Student Initiative; Levon Chukaklyan, co-founder, Restart Student Initiative; Astghik Isakhanyan, project coordinator, Rights Information Center NGO; Garik Miskaryan, foreign affairs manager, Restart Student Initiative; Alla Yeremyan, manager, Basen Hotel; and Liana Sahakyan, facilitator for the group, currently resource coordination specialist at the US Embassy in Yerevan.
These five young professionals from Armenia will be in Greater Boston Nov 30–Dec 8, 2018, to participate in a grant program focused on activism and transition to leadership hosted by the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA) and with funding support from the “Open World” (OW) program of the U.S. Library of Congress, CYSCA, and its team of volunteers. Building on the Velvet Revolution, a key goal of the program is to help participants develop methods for translating civic activism into government action by engaging them with their American counterparts. The program aims to give the participants first-hand exposure to America’s democratic government and free-market system as an instrument for Americans engaged in citizens’ diplomacy.
CYSCA has designed a program of visits/meetings with various organizations/individuals in the Greater Boston area, including ACLU, Common Cause, the Pioneer Institute, and numerous other organizations and individuals.
This program is co-sponsored by CYSCA and the NAASR / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues and is open to the public free of charge. The event takes place at the AGBU New England Center, 247 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, Mass. Doors open at 7:00 pm for seating and browsing the NAASR Bookstore at the AGBU NE Center.
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