Translator’s Note: The following article was originally published in French by the Lebanese newspaper L’Orient Le Jour and translated by the AGBU Press Office.

Berge Setrakian, President of AGBU Worldwide: Erasing the Damage Caused by the Genocide

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Written by Maria Chakhtoura

“I am Lebanese to the core, attached to the land where I was born, where I grew up and lived, and I have Armenia as my heritage.” These are the words of Berge Setrakian, president of AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union), the world’s largest Armenian NGO headquartered in New York.

Our chance meeting, the result of a happy coincidence, took place in a hotel in Yerevan. Berge Setrakian was visiting the Armenian capital to attend two important meetings: the Special Commission of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, and the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund.

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Two television news segments from Armenian TV report on the opening of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies.

In case you missed it, here are some events during this year’s New York Summer Intern Program you may have missed, including:

  • Interns Visit New York Armenian Nursing Home
  • St. Vartan Cathedral Hosts New York Interns for Dinner
  • New York Interns Honor Supervisors
  • New York Interns Recieve Armenian Dance Lessons from AGBU’s Antranig Dance Ensemble

Interns Visit New York Armenian Nursing Home

On Sunday, July 10, NYSIP interns completed their first community service project of the summer as they put on a talent show at the New York Armenian Home in Flushing, Queens. The annual event, called “Sunshine for Seniors,” is a group effort where all of the interns get together to perform a wide variety of acts geared towards cheering up the residents of the old age home.

Some of this year’s acts included singing, dancing, a violin performance, Armenian stand-up comedy, and an Eastern vs. Western Armenian rap competition.

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On Tuesday, August 16, the AGBU-AYA Dance group of Lebanon performed 12 dances at “Baabdat Cultural Week” in front of an audience of over 600 people.

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AGBU students working on the feature film. (image via agbumds.org)

Under the direction of the AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School English Department chair Jason Strouse, dozens of AGBU high students took part in an exciting summer project, making a feature film titled Teacher of the Year.

The film tells the story of an award-winning teacher who receives a lucrative job offer that would mean leaving the classroom forever. The film was financed by a generous loan from the school’s alumni association. Screenings in the school auditorium are scheduled for November 4 and 5, 2011.

For more information, visit agbumds.org.