Students, professors, and professionals gather for the event at the International House of Duke University, including, Dr. Edward Tiryakian (center), grandson of AGBU founding member Yervant Agathon, his son Edmund C. Tiryakian (third from right), and event organizers Hrachya Topalyan (fifth from left) and Diana Khachaturyan (second from right).

Earlier this month, a group of thirty students and scholars from Duke University, North Carolina University and North Carolina Central University, along with professionals representing various fields, gathered at the International House of Duke University in Durham for a special presentation on AGBU’s programs. The event was organized by graduate students at Duke – Hrachya Topalyan and Diana Khachaturyan – who became very enthusiastic about AGBU’s mission after a visit to the organization’s Central Office in New York City.


Attendees surround YP DC Chairwoman Megan Karanfil (first row, second from right) and Treasurer Hagop Stepanyan (back row, third from left).

Re-launching the group with a brand new Steering Committee, AGBU YP DC hosted a Happy Hour on April 12 at the local watering hole, Barcode, where YPs could unwind and socialize one another. Providing an ideal opportunity for the 50 attendees to form personal and professional connections, the uniquely diverse population of the district was evident with attendees present from all over the world who now call DC their home. To stay abreast of upcoming events from YP DC, connect with the group on Facebook or email to join its mailing list.

Click here to download the PDF (2.82MB) of the April 2012 AGBU Armenia Newsletter.

In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, AGBU University Outreach and the NYU Armenian Student Council co-hosted a screening of the PBS documentary The Armenian Genocide at the AGBU Central Office in New York on Thursday, April 26, 2012.  The film was followed by a discussion with Emmy Award-winning producer/director Andrew Goldberg.  This production followed three other documentaries produced by Goldberg for public television about the Armenians, which were The Armenian Americans, Images of the Armenian Spirit, and The Armenians: A Story of Survival.  Goldberg provided unique insight on his research and the making of the film, which made for an intriguing and educational event.

On March 14 and 15, 2012, AGBU’s Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School’s Elective Armenian Drama class put on a production of Nayiri Zarian’s play, “Ara Keghetsig,” under the direction of Lora Kuyumjian. Nearly 1,000 people attended over the course of two days to see students from grades nine to twelve display not only their fine acting talents, but their masterful knowledge of the Armenian language, as well.