Russian-Armenian and Armenian-American Relations Today

Please join us for the discussion on Armenian-American and Russian-Armenian relations in the context of current developments.  Mr. Van Krikorian, member of the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Assembly of America and Dr. Andranik Migranyan, the director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, will discuss the following topics:

  • Armenian government’s decision to join the Customs Union with Russia
  • Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the current stage
  • Armenian Diaspora in the US and Russia: differences and similarities
  • Armenian Genocide: recognition in process
  • The effectiveness of economic relations with the US and Russia
  • Is the Armenian foreign policy still complementary?
  • Ukrainian crisis: will it change the conjuncture of interests in South Caucasus?

The event will take place on Thursday, March 27, 7:00PM at Columbia University, Kent Hall room 413 (The entrance of the building is from inside the campus: see the map).  For more details, please see the flyer.

Andranik Migranyan
 is a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy of the Russian Federation, member of the Valdai Discussion Club, Chairman of the Research Council of the CIS Institute, Chairman of the commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (first convocation), and Member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (second convocation).  He previously served as member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation (1993–2000); Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations – MGIMO; Senior Adviser to the Committee on Foreign Relations, Supreme Council of the Russian Federation (1992–1993); Chief Advisor to the Committee on CIS Problems of Russian Parliament (The State Duma) (1994–1995); Vice-president, Reforma Foundation (1993–2003); First Vice-President, Soglasiye Foundation (2004–2008).  Dr. Migranyan is the author of over 600 publications in Russian and other languages, including Democracy and Morality (1989), Russia in Search for Identity (1997); Russia: From Chaos to Order? (2001); The United States After the First Obama Term (2012) – editor; Democracy in a Russian Mirror (2013) – author and co-editor with Adam Przeworski. Mr. Migranyan is also a founding member of Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission (2001-2004).

Van Z. Krikorian serves as Counselor and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Assembly of America. He began with the organization in 1977, and has served as Chairman of its Board of Directors, and in other positions for over 30 years. He is a trustee of the Armenian Genocide Museum of America and Chairman of its Building and Operations Committee; on Board of the Armenian National Institute; Chairman and CEO of Global Gold Corporation, which also operates in Armenia (2007- present).  Previously he was a partner of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz and until 1998 practiced law with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. In 2005, he was appointed to the International Council of George Washington University, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University Law School in White Plains, NY.  Mr. Krikorian has initiated several pieces of human rights legislation, including Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act and the Humanitarian Aid Corridors Act. In the 1993 decision Krikorian v. Department of State, the District of Columbia Federal Court of Appeals acknowledged that United States policy historically recognized the Armenian Genocide. Mr. Krikorian is a founding member of the Turkish Armenian Reconciliation Commission; served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Moscow CSCE meetings of 1991 during the first Bush Administration. In 1992, he served as Deputy Representative and Counselor to the United Nations for the newly independent Republic of Armenia.

March 27 Event


Armenian Composers of The Ottoman Empire

AGBU Performing Arts Department in collaboration with Armenian Society of Columbia University, The Armenian Center at Columbia University, and AGBU University Outreach present a musical tribute in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide featuring works of:
Komitas, Tchuhadjian, Manas, Alemshah, Sinanian, and Kanachian.

The concert will take place on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00pm in Italian Academy Teatro.
The address is: 1161 Amsterdam Ave. (south of 118th st.) New York, NY 10027

For tickets click here.  CUID call 212-319-6383 for special admission.

For more details please see the attached flyer.

Armenian Composers of the Ottoman Empire

Syrian-Armenian Benefit Concert

In response to the plight and suffering of our compatriots in Syria, the Armenian youth in the tri-state area has organized a fundraising concert to take place at Felician College in Lodi, NJ on April 6th at 7:00pm.

A varied but united collection of performers and artists, some of whom you may personally know, have volunteered to take part in the concert to help benefit the Syrian-Armenian community.

Please see the concert flyer and application for advertising in the program booklet for further details and contact information.  In case you, or someone you know, wants to advertise in front 1400 people, it’s an excellent way for a business to gain exposure and make a tax-deductible donation.

For tickets and more details, feel free to contact through email or call one of the following numbers indicated on the flyer.  You can also RSVP through facebook.


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Aris Janigian and his new novel “This Angelic Land”

The Armenian Society Columbia University, the Armenian Center at Columbia University, and AGBU University Outreach invite you to a book reading and discussion, featuring author Aris Janigian and his new novel, “This Angelic Land.”

The story of Adam Derderian, a hip, 27-year old bar owner, during his six-day journey through the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

The event will take place at Hamilton Hall 602; Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30pm.

Please RSVP by email or through Facebook.

~Free Admission~

Aris Janigian: Considered one of the most important Armenian-American novelists working today, Janigian is the author of three critically acclaimed novels – Bloodvine, Riverbig, and his latest, This Angelic Land. All three stories place ethnic Armenian characters against the backdrop of the American cultural landscape. This Angelic Land is set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. In tapping themes of exile, memory, and assimilation, Janigian uses the Armenian experience as a lens through which to explore the central American experience. Holding a Ph.D. in psychology, from 1993 to 2005, Janigian was senior professor of Humanities at Southern California Institute of Architecture. Aside from his novels, he is co-author, along with April Greiman, of Something for Nothing, a book on the philosophy of graphic design. He was a contributing writer to West, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, a finalist for the William Saroyan Fiction Prize, and the recipient of the Anahid Literary Award from Columbia University. He is a contributing writer to

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Nagorno-Karabakh: From Sumgait Memories to Independent State

You are kindly invited to attend the upcoming event commemorating 25th anniversary of Sumgait Massacres of 1988. A short film will be screaned together with an exhibition of unique photos from Artsakh.

The speakers for the evening are:
Ambassador Garen Nazarian, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations
Robert Avetisyan, Permanent Representative of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic – Artsakh to the United States.

When: Wednesday, February 27th; 7:00pm
Where: AGBU, 55 East 95th St. 7th floor

RSVP: or call (212)319-6383 or through facebook
Nagorno-Karabakh - from Sumgait Memories to Independent State

Meet “Luys” Scholars and “Luys” Team at Columbia University

Connecting worlds and circulating knowledge with CU Armenian students and Luys Foundation.  During the event Luys Scholars will present their works at Columbia University.   Jacqueline Karaaslanian – the Executive Director of Luys Foundation – will talk about the foundation and its current activities and future plans.

The event will take place at Columbia University Ware Lounge 6th floor of Avery Hall on December 15, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:30pm.

3:00 – Welcome by Jacqueline Karaaslanian: Executive Director of Luys Foundation – Armenia
3:10 – Armenia Architectural studio brief introduction by Vahan Misakyan presenting selected works from graduate architecture students on their studio work for Dilijan
3:40 – Q and A discussion
3:50 – Coffee break
4:00 – Columbia students on studies in progress and experience of running projects in Armenia
4:30 – Discussion
5:10 – Social

For more information about the Luys Foundation please visit

You can download the pdf flier of the event here.

“Armenians in Film” Screening of CU Armenian Students’ Works

Please join us for the screening of After Water There Is Sand by Saro Varjabedian and
Band Girls by Jesse Soursourian Recipients of AGBU’s Performing Arts Fellowships from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Q & A will be moderated by filmmaker Zareh Tjeknavorian.

Thursday, November 29, 2012; 8:40 p.m. at Columbia University Schermerhorn Hall, Room 501.

The event is organized by ASCU and AGBU.

What is Emerging in the Emerging Post-Soviet Economies?

What is emerging in the emerging post-Soviet economies?

Are these economies “emerging” in the institutional and macroeconomic context? What were the main causes, major propagation channels of and to what extent did the financial crisis happen in these economies? What are the key risks to sustainable development in the net exporter and net importer markets? How to evaluate a potential for proactive economic diversification reforms?

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 7:00PM, discussion to be followed by light reception Location: Mudd 303, Columbia University

Panelists: Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan is a Senior Economist at The New York City Council, with extensive prior private sector experience in financial consulting, Dr. Vladimir Popov is an Interregional Adviser in DESA, UN and Professor Emeritus at the New Economic School in Moscow.

Moderator: Arpine Korekyan is a Governance and Public Administration Officer at the Division for Public Administration and Development Management, DESA, UN. She holds MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics Political Science and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Armenian Society of Columbia University, Columbia University Economics Society, Columbia University Financial Investment Group, Columbia University Investment Banking Division, Columbia University Financial Engineers.

“Bird Study and the Environment in Armenia” Lecture by Professor Daniel Klem, Jr.

The speaker is a member of the renown Sarkis Acopian Foundation, professor of Or- nithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsyl- vania, and is the co-author with Dr. Martin S. Adamian of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences of two principal publications by the American University of Ar- menia on Armenian birds: A Field Guide to Birds of Armenia (1997 English Edition, 2000 Armenian Edition) and Handbook of the Birds of Armenia (1999). He con- tributed a chapter to the travel guide Armenia and Karabagh by M. Karanian and R. Kurkjian(2004).

The lecture is organized by the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America; co-sponsored and hosted by the Armenian Society of Columbia University.



An Illustrated Lecture by Armen T. Marsoobian Ordjanian Visiting Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Spring 2013, Columbia University Professor of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University & Renée Harlow, Professor, Honors College, Southern Connecticut State University

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00 pm Knox Hall 403, 606 West 122nd St (Btwn Bdway & Claremont), Columbia University Sponsored by the Armenian Center at Columbia University & the Armenian Society of Columbia University, Info:

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Armenian Society of Columbia University.