“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.”
WATERTOWN, Mass.—Encouraged by the tremendous success of its annual ARS Youth Connect Program (YCP) held at NYU in March, the ARS of Eastern USA, Board of Regional Directors launches a second installment of the program this year in Boston.
The program, featuring workshops and discussions, will be held on Nov. 5, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is co-sponsored by the MIT Armenian Society.
The program, titled “Roots and Wings,” features lectures on investigative journalism and Armenian identity, and workshops on Armenian genealogy and Armenian folk dance. Speakers and workshop eladers include by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Steve Kurkjian, Armenian demography workshop leader George Aghjayan, and folk dance workshop leader Taleen Mardirossian. The program also features a discussion with Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, director of the ARS Youth Connect Program.
The full-day program begins at 9 a.m. at MIT’s building 3, room 270 (See campus map:https://whereis.mit.edu/).
Registration is required. A $20 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner/social event. To register, visit https://goo.gl/forms/8JGYd6HxM
The program is available to any Armenian college students between the ages of 18 and 25 years old.
Stephen Kurkjian is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter (retired) for the Boston Globe and the son of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston University, and Suffolk University Law School. He joined the Boston Globe in 1968 and during his nearly 40 years there he rose from staff reporter, to founding member and later chief of its investigative Spotlight Team and chief of its Washington Bureau. Before his retirement in 2007, he shared in three Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the Spotlight Team.
George Aghjayan’s primary area of focus is the demographics of Western Armenia. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on demographics of historic Armenian villages and towns. He is also a frequent contributor to the Armenian Weekly and Houshamadyan.org. He resides in Westminster, Mass. with his wife.
Taleen Mardirossian is an attorney from Los Angeles, currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University. A descendant of Sassoun, the land of those whose dances exude the kind of passion that could move mountains, she is a proud inheritor of yarkhushta and msho khr.
Dr. Khatchig Mouradian is the Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor at CSU Fresno (Fall 2016 Semester), and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR) at Rutgers University, where he also serves as the coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program.