Panel Discussion: Parallels Between Armenia and Israel: Reflections on the Current Discourse in Armenia, AUA
Should Armenia be like Israel, if yes, then how? And what does it mean to be like Israel?
It has become a popular discourse in Armenia via various media outlets and everyday conversations claiming that Armenia should follow the model of Israel.
The American University of Armenia (AUA) Political Science and International Affairs program (PSIA) is hosting a public panel discussion on the parallels between Armenia and Israel, moderated by AUA Professor Gregory Areshian. The discussion is aimed to contribute the common discourse (stated above) with a critical analysis on whether these parallels can be drawn, and examine the possibilities of how Armenians can follow the Israeli model in various ways.
About the panelists:
Nancy Kricorian is a novelist, poet ,and social justice activist who lives in New York City. She is the author of the novels: “Zabelle, Dreams Of Bread and Fire,” and “All The Light There Was”. In 2010, she traveled through the West Bank as part of the Palestine Festival of Literature (www.palfest.org) and in 2011, she taught at a Palestine writing workshop in Birzeit. Ms. Kricorian was on the staff of CODEPINK Women for Peace (www.codepink.org) since 2003, and since 2009, she has been the manager for CODEPINK’s Stolen Beauty boycott campaign (www.stolenbeauty.org) targeting the Israeli cosmetics company Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories because of it’s violations of international law. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Armenia Tree Project, and is a member of the PEN American Center. Ms. Kricorian will be joining the seminar via Skype.
Harutyun Marutyan is a leading research fellow at the Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and a visiting professor of anthropology at the Yerevan State University. He was educated at YSU (History Department, M.A., 1978) and the Institute of Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, in Moscow (Ph.D., 1984). He received his second PhD. in 2007 at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan. He is an IREX/RSEP (Michigan University, 1998), Fulbright (MIT, 2003-2004), and DAAD (Berlin, 2013) alumnus.From 2009-2010, he was at the Diane and Howard Wohl Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC). Dr. Marutyan is a recipient of the President of the Republic of Armenia Prize (2011) in the nomination of persons having made a valuable contribution to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide for his methodologically innovative research into the continuity of the memory of the Armenian Genocide and its relationship with the Karabagh Movement.