March 6, 2017 | Press Releases

AGBU Hye Geen and Young Circle to Hold 11th Annual International Conference in Pasadena

Expert panelists will evaluate the changes within the Armenian family in Armenia and beyond

On Saturday, April 1, AGBU Hye Geen and AGBU Hye Geen’s Young Circle will hold their 11th annual international conference—entitled Evaluating the Changes Within the Armenian Family— which will focus on changes affecting the central role of the Armenian family both in Armenia and in the diaspora in Southern California.

Six distinguished professors and researchers will present a comprehensive overview of the Armenian family and raise awareness about persistent problems as well as the available resources to tackle them. The first speaker, Misha Margaryan from Yerevan State University, will probe “Modern Armenian Rural Family: Family Roles and Values,” followed by Father Vazken Movsesian, the director of Youth and Christian Outreach Department of the Western Diocese, who will reflect on “Spiritual Accountability.”

Pastor Daniel Albarian from Christian Outreach for Church will then consider the urgency of “Nurturing the Family for the Advancement of Culture” and Anahid Nara Sahakyan, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Sociology at Yerevan State University, will discuss “Selective Abortion as a Manifestation of Domestic Violence” and the need to combat selective abortions in Armenia.

After the lunch break, Frederick Mesropi, deputy attorney in the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office, will talk about “Domestic Violence Law in California” and Matthew A. Jendian, professor and chair of sociology at Fresno State University, will focus his presentation on “Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic Armenian” on his noteworthy publication about issues of assimilation, cultural retention and ethnic identity among four generations of Armenian Americans.

“In view of the increased number of immigrants from Armenia and the disintegration of Middle Eastern Armenian communities, the discourse about the changes within the Armenian family as the bastion of Armenian survival will hopefully consolidate the urgency of men and women contributing to civil society,” said Sona Yacoubian, the president of AGBU Hye Geen.

The conference will be held at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center at 2495 Mountain Street, Pasadena, California, 91104. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.; lunch will be served at noon; and the event is scheduled to close at 2:00 p.m. To register, please visit

Established in 1906, AGBU ( is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.

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