In 2018, a democratic breakthrough via mass-scale nonviolent disobedience campaign brought down Armenia’s competitive, soft authoritarian system headed by then President-turned-Prime Minister Serj Sargsyan. Since then, the country continues to face challenges to consolidate its still fragile democracy.
Soccer or Saturday School? Parents in diasporic communities routinely grapple with the challenge of carving out time for their children to engage with and experience their ancestral cultures. This panel discussion discusses the value of bilingual education, looking at experiences of other ethnic communities in the U.S. and around the world, with a particular focus on the specificities of the Armenian experience, including the special challenges facing Western Armenian, which has been classified as an “endangered language,” the fruitful cohabitation of Western and Eastern Armenian, and the specific challenges of researching and teaching the Armenian language.
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research NAASR event video of talk by Peter Balakian and Aram Arkun, “The Ruins of Ani: From Sacred Landscape to Political Soil,” at the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA Co-sponsored by Tekeyan Cultural Association Greater Boston and NAASR/Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues. Video by Jirair Hovsepian