USC Hosts 3rd Annual INNOVATE ARMENIA Festival
A full day of thought-provoking, fast-paced talks. An open-air stage where the music never stops. A dozen intriguing innovators sharing insights that run the gamut from coding to robotics and maker spaces. Interactive experiences in chess-strategy and wine-making. A unique installation of vintage Anatolian postcards interlaced with mind-bending contemporary imagery.
An upbeat, outside-the-box festival explores what it means to be Armenian in the 21st century and celebrates innovation and innovators
ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies presents INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017, a day of discovery, technology, music, food, wine, chess and lively conversation headlined by a pair of celebrity-journalist brothers and two 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The brothers are Washington Post columnist David Ignatius and Harvard Business Review editor Adi Ignatius.
The Pulitzer Prize winners are poet Peter Balakian, of Colgate University, and novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, a USC professor of English and American studies.
A Vietnamese-born English literature professor headlining an Armenian diaspora festival may seem strange, but it goes to the heart of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies’ outward-looking, internationalist philosophy.
“We take global Armenian questions and explore them as part of big world issues,” says director Salpi Ghazarian. “INNOVATE ARMENIA is the platform where we make the best of scholarship accessible.”
Armenian fusion delicacies will be available all day.
Innovate Armenia 2017 takes place Saturday, September 23, 10 am to 6 pm in Alumni Park and Bovard Hall on USC’s University Park Campus. Admission is free. All-day parking is easily available for $12 in USC parking structures.
About the Institute:
Established in 2005, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies supports multidisciplinary scholarship to re-define, explore and study the complex issues that make up the contemporary Armenian experience—from post-genocide to the developing Republic of Armenia to the evolving diaspora. The institute encourages research, publications and public service, and promotes links among the global academic and Armenian communities.
For More Information:
USC Institute of Armenian Studies, 3518 Trousdale Parkway (VKC 351), Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043, tel. (213) 821-3943, email: firstname.lastname@example.org