On Tuesday, June 28, AGBU’s New York summer interns were given their first cultural lesson of the summer as they were treated to a lecture by contemporary art history and curator, Neery Melkonian.

The co-curator and director of the Blind Dates Project, Melkonian has spent decades organizing, researching and lecturing on contemporary art. She gave the interns a taste of what she has been exploring as a part of her recent Blind Dates project, which traces the cross-cultural roots of art during the Ottoman Empire and after.


  1. Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian Presidents meeting underway
  2. Armenian National Congress: “Serzh Sargsyan made two mistakes at PACE Session”
  3. “Each comma could be fatal” says Zurabyan on Sargsyan-Aliyev meeting in Kazan
  4. Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani presidents adopt joint statement
  5. Edward Nalbandian: Azerbaijan not ready to accept the final version of the basic principles
  6. Tigran Balayan: Armenia has not negotiated with Turkey over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue
  7. Garegin Azaryan: Coming elections to essentially differ from previous ones
  8. Analyst says ARP and Prosperous Armenia claim for parliamentary mandates
  9. Azerbaijan not ready for peace
  10. Candidates of Central Electoral Committee members to be presented to RA President
  11. US Department of State disappointed with the results of the Kazan meeting
  12. Stepan Safaryan: unification of Heritage with ANC excluded
  13. Artak Shakaryan Says Geopolitical Interests Primary for Turkey
  14. Western Armenians demand Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide and to compensate for losses
  15. Opening ceremony of the School for Young Journalists of Diaspora Armenian Mass Media is held
  16. AAA: “There will be a progress in Karabakh issue if the United States recognizes the Armenian Genocide after Moscow and Paris”
  17. Golden Apricot festival’s “Koriz” nomination good opportunity for young directors
  18. Spring concert session of Armenian Composition Art festival over
  19. Dali exhibit to open in Armenia
  20. Arthur Poghosyan: At UNESCO Azerbaijan’s next vandalism was for the benefit of Armenia
  21. The 2011 action plan for the implementation of CANDLE project was approved
  22. Andranik Nikoghosyan elected head of the Pan-Armenian International Youth Center

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A video of some of the May 5 festivities from the opening of AGBU Armenian Cultural Center in Larnaca, Cyprus.

On Wednesday, June 22, students participating in the New York Summer Intern Program had a special opportunity to meet Michael Bobelian, author of the groundbreaking Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice. The book chronicles the events after the Armenian Genocide and questions why it took almost 50 years to break the silence.

Bobelian gave a presentation highlighting the key questions that the book raises, as well as insight into finding the answers to them. Following his presentation, he answered questions about the book and regarding the current struggle for genocide recognition.

As an added bonus, each intern was also given a free copy of the book.

Last Tuesday, June 21, AGBU New York Summer Intern Program participants took their first trip to Manhattan’s Financial District for a special event organized by the AGBU Young Professionals of Greater New York.

Each intern was paired up with a mentor, a young Armenian professional who is currently working in the intern’s field of interest. The event, which took place at the historic Fraunces Tavern, gave the interns a chance to open up a channel of communication and connect one on one with someone that can help them during their time in New York and beyond.