womansawitbigfront.jpgAGBU Hye Geen has sponsored the posthumous publication of Mireille Kalfayan’s As a Woman Saw It, a collection of 213 essays that originally appeared in the Armenian Observer newspaper from 1993 to 2004.

Kalfayan’s columns have embraced wide-ranging topics dealing with social, educational and cultural issues. Her primary concerns were the status of the Armenian woman, her family relations, her absence from leadership positions, the prevailing gender discrimination in diasporan Armenian communitieis and the assertion that human rights are women’s rights. She also wrote movingly about the fragmentation of our community, the alienation of the young and partisanship in the guise of patriotism.

A member of Hye Geen, Kalfayan was committed to the organization’s aim of developing the potential of Armenian women in the service of their family and Homeland.

The book is available for purchase online in the AGBU bookstore for $25. To purchase a copy, click here.

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On Thursday, March 6, over 80 people gathered for a special presentation at AGBU offices in Manhattan by Zaven Khanjian entitled, “A Modern Journey through Historic Armenia.”

Presented by AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York, the multimedia presentation included an extensive display of slides, music and video from his 18-day trip. Khanjian was joined by his wife, Sona Khanjian, for part of the presentation.

khanjian02wsm.jpgBeginning in Istanbul, Khanjian traveled through Anatolia to the historical Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, then up through Lake Van to the medieval city of Ani and finally to the Black Sea region. During his trip, he documented the emotional experience of encountering his ancestral home and seeing the land that shaped his family for generations. He met Muslim Armenians (known as Hamshen) and discovered abandoned Armenian churches not found in the guide books.

After the event, guests were invited to speak to the author and purchase copies of the author’s Armenian-language book, Ays Dune Kugt E Te Ims? Ukhdaknatsutiun tebi Arevmdahayasdan, Giligia yev Bolis, Orakri Echer [Is This Home Yours or Mine?: Pilgrimage to Western Armenia, Cilicia and Constantinople, Pages from My Diary] (Los Angeles, 2007).

Copies of Is This Home Yours or Mine? can be obtained by emailing the author directly.