Upcoming Norian Youth Connect Program to be held at Columbia University

on March 2, 2019

Excited to announce the lineup for Youth Connect at Columbia University on 2 March 2019. The program features workshops and discussions with  Mari Manoogian Nancy Kricorian Heghnar Watenpaugh Anna Ohanyan , Khatchig Mouradian , as well as a panel on recent scientific breakthroughs. 
Facebook event:  ARS Norian Youth Connect Program at Columbia University

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She is the award-winning author of  The Image of an Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo (2004). Her writing has also appeared in the Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Her new book, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice, was published in February by Stanford University Press.

Mari Manoogian is a fourth generation American whose great-grandparents came to the U.S. in the 1920s to escape the Armenian Genocide. Born in Birmingham, MI, she graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. While pursuing her degree she interned for Congressman John Dingell, the Council on Foreign Relations, and at the United States Mission to the United Nations for Ambassador Samantha Power. After receiving her degree Mari worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of English Language Programs. While working full-time at the State Department she received her Master's Degree from George Washington. Motivated by the results of the 2016 election, Mari decided to return home to Michigan and run for State Representative in her home district. On Aug. 7, she won the Democratic nomination for the 40th District. On Nov. 6, she was elected State Representative for Michigan's 40th District with 56.6% of the vote.

Nancy Kricorian is a New York-based writer and organizer. She is the author of the novels Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire, and most recently All The Light There Was, which is about an Armenian family in Paris during World War II. She is currently at work on a new novel set in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.

Anna Ohanyan is Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations. Her latest book is an edited volume titled Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond (forthcoming with Georgetown University Press in 2018). She authored Networked Regionalism as Conflict Management published by Stanford University Press (2015) and NGOs, IGOs, and Network Mechanism of Post-Conflict Global Governance in Microfinance with Palgrave Macmillan (2008). Her articles appeared in International Studies Review, Peace and Change, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Wilson Quarterly, and Global Society, among other journals. She has also contributed to the Washington Post/Monkey Cage, Al Jazeera, and World Policy Institute.

Khatchig Mouradian is a lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University.

To register, visit  www.arseastusa.org/donate  and select Youth Connect Program, and donate $50.

ARS Norian Youth Connect Program on
November 4 at MIT

October 13, 2017

Full-Day Event Includes Dynamic Speakers, Discussions, and Networking

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Following the success of ARS Norian Youth Connect Program (YCP) at Columbia University in March, a second YCP will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on Nov. 4.


Participants of the March 2017 installment of ARS YCP (Photo: ARS Eastern Region USA)

The event will feature guest speakers, workshops, and discussions on the First Republic of Armenia, working and volunteering in Armenia, and current issues. It will conclude with a dinner and networking event on Saturday evening.

Registration is $50 and includes meals, dinner, and social, and accommodation for Saturday night for out-of-town students. Students are urged to register promptly, as space is limited.

To register, visit  www.arseastusa.org/donate  and select Youth Connect Program.

The ARS Norian YCP is organized by the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern Region. Dr. Khatchig Mouradian (Columbia University) serves as program director. The Nov. 4 installment of the program is co-sponsored by the MIT Armenian Society.

Speakers and Discussion Sessions

The speakers at MIT include Tamar Kaprelian, who will lead a workshop on music. Kaprelian is an Armenian-American singer and songwriter living in New York City. Her debut album, Sinner or a Saint, was released on Interscope records in 2010, and in 2015 she represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York.

The speakers at MIT include Tamar Kaprelian, who will lead a workshop on music (Photo: Twitter)

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian will deliver a talk titled “Becoming Aram: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Statesman,” which examines the tumultuous journey of the revolutionary turned statesman Aram Manougian, whose struggle against the oppressors of his own people spanned two declining empires, and who is also remembered as the founder the First Armenian Republic (1918-1920).

Through a wealth of documents from the archives of the Ottoman Empire and the First Armenian Republic, as well as published and unpublished memoirs and accounts, the talk traces the 40-year life and century-long legacy of Aram Manougian (born Sarkis Hovhannisian), who led the 1915 Defense of Van—becoming known as Aram of Van—and lay the foundations of an independent state for his people, who often remember him today as, simply, Aram.

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian serves as program director (Photo: Eric Forberger)

The program also includes a panel discussion on volunteering and working in Armenia with five guests from across the country, and a discussion on immigration, emigration, and refugees.

Names of other speakers will be announced soon.

Watch the previous Norian Youth connect program videos

ARS Norian Youth Connect Program, March 3, 2018, Columbia University

ARS Norian Youth Connect Program, February 28, 2015, New York University.