Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

ARTSAKH: Once There Was and Was Not ~ Thursday, March 21, 2024 ~ In Person: St. Paul / On Zoom

Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in Liberal Arts Human Rights Center UMN Law School NAASR Scout Tufankjian UMN Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies UMN Department of Political Science UMN History Department UMN Human Rights Program

Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 6:00pm Central/7:00pm Eastern/4:00pm Pacific

In Person at St. Sahag Armenian Church, 203 N Howell Street, St Paul, MN
Live on Zoom - Keynote Only. Registration is required and free.


Join us for a keynote talk with Scout Tufakjian, part of the University of Minnesota workshop "Discrimination, Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh. Scout Tufakjian will speak about Artsakh and her people - before, during, and after the ethnic cleansing by the Azerbaijani government, and what is being done (and what still needs to be done) to support them, preserve their culture, and continue to fight for their rights.

Scout Tufankjian is an Armenian-American photographer based in New York City, best known for her work documenting both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns - including her 2008 NYT and LA Times bestselling book "Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign." Her second book, "There is Only the Earth," was the culmination of six years documenting Armenian communities in over 20 different countries. More recently, she has served as a temporary acting director of Committee to Protect Journalists' Emergency Response Team and the Senior Afghanistan Consultant for Too Young to Wed. She has taught photography in Yerevan and Stepanakert, and continues to work as a freelance photographer and as a consultant for both RISC Training. She is currently working as the documentary photographer for One Nation/One Project, and on a new project with composer Mary Kouyoumdjian at the New York Philharmonic about the crisis in Artsakh. More of her work can be seen at

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota

Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
Human Rights Center at the UMN Law School
UMN Human Rights Program
UMN History Department
UMN Department of Political Science
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).

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