Published : Monday, March 12, 2018 | 5:51 AM
AGBU Hye Geen, a Pasadena-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving and honoring the achievements of Armenian women, and its Young Circle will host their 12th Annual International Conference on April 7 at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center, located at 2495 Mountain Street in Pasadena.
The conference will dwell on the theme, “How the Youth Needs to Impact Our Future,” focusing on the Armenian youth in Southern California and “how the future of Armenia is dependent on today’s youth,” according to a media report in Massis Post.
The annual conference brings together researchers, educators, professionals and community groups to explore psychological, social, and cultural issues related to Armenians living in the U.S., according to a description in the organization’s website.
“Past conferences have focused on a variety of topics including media, television, mental health, women’s issues, music, and symbolism in art, architecture and design. Every year, the group strives to cover new topics that entice and impact the community,” the description added.
The AGBU Hye Geen Young Circle has been producing the conference since 2004, partnering with Armenian American college students at various schools in the Los Angeles area.
Four distinguished members of the Armenian community are scheduled to present to discuss the current state of the Armenian community’s youth in Southern California.
Daniel Fittante, a Philosophy candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, will begin the conference with a discussion on the historical background of the Armenian community in California.
Gegham Mughnetsyan, a research associate of Armenian studies at the University of Southern California, will speak about the concepts of race, country, and citizenship.
Gregory S. Krikorian, Vice President of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, will discuss the role of family, community, and the “call of the motherland.”
Richard Chambers, a videographer and lecturer at California State University Northridge, will close the conference with a conclusion of findings and a video about adjusting to the reality of one’s identity.
The audience is expected to take part in a question and answer period at the close of the conference.
Members of Armenian student associations from different campuses are expected to attend and take part in the discussions.
Registration will start promptly at 9 a.m., and the conference is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The event is scheduled to close at about 2 p.m.
For more information, visit the AGBU Hye Geen website, www.agbuhyegeen.org. ?