Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6PM - 7PM
Moderated by Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian President, American University of Armenia
Conversation with Two Great Men of Education: Mihran S. Agbabian and Vartan Gregorian
Mihran Agbabian is President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia and Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He had his consulting engineering firm, Agbabian Associates, for 20 years before joining USC as Chairman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He received his M.S. in engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1948 and his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951. Agbabian is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1995. He has received the Sahag-Mesrob Medal from His Holiness Karekin I, Catholicos of All Armenians, the Saint Mesrob Medal from His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the See of Cilicia, and the Saint Vartan Medal from His Holiness John Peter XVIII, Catholicos of the Armenian Catholic Church. In 2001 he received the Movses Khorenatsi Medal from the President of the Republic of Armenia for his contributions to educational development.
Vartan Gregorian is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Prior to that, he served as President of Brown University (1989-1997); President of The New York Public Library (1981-1989); Tarzian Professor of History, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Provost of the University of Pennsylvania (1972-1981). He received his Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University in 1964. Gregorian is the author of The Road To Home: My Life And Times, Islam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith, and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. In addition to receiving over 70 honorary degrees, he has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Service to the Arts. In 1998, President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In 2004, President Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to the White House Fellowships Commission.