Armenian Girl’s pushing woman’s right to the max, From Wally Sarkeesian Travel Book: Meet Lorik Hartunian the incredible woman and the CEO of the “GOALS” Girls of Armenia leadership Soccer, in just two years she organizes Girls of Armenia leadership Soccer organization and expanding to other regions of Armenia, now close to 400 players and growing. Gagrulelive we were happy to cover the event in Armavir, Armenia. Way to go girls..
By Wally Sarkeesian report from downtown Yerevan
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has visited Yerevan’s Republic Square to celebrate Independence Day with the people.
Citizens were taking selfies with the Prime Minister as he was walking in the square.
Numerous events are taking place in downtown Yerevan on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Armenian independence.
Events include concerts, exhibitions, painting events and others.
By Wally Sarkeesian, Fresno, California.
The Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual team have put up an impressive show from the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2729 W. Griffith Way on Friday afternoon to over 500 guests attended the celebration at Fresno State Satellite Student Union University.
On August 31 Friday something incredible happened in Fresno look like just another house on the block, but the Fresno home where Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright William Saroyan lived out his final years is now open to the public as an interactive museum.
The museum features a hologram of Saroyan and a setup of his desk and part of his home as it was when he lived there. The rest of the house is filled with photos, videos and interviews taken of Saroyan throughout the years, posters of his work and his drawings.
Mayor Lee Brand, Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria and Mr. Artur Janibekyan Founder of the renaissance cultural and intellectual foundation were in attendance for the grand opening. The museum is in Soria’s district.
Saroyan’s home of 16 years has been converted into a high-tech interactive museum in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Central Fresno.
“Hologram is usually something that is fun for kids to see an actual character in actual space so that’s why we came up with the hologram thing,” said Meroujan Minssian.
Saroyan was born in Fresno in 1908 and died at the Veterans Hospital in 1981 of cancer. He purchased the home on Griffith Way 17 years before his death and split his time there and abroad, according to his biography.
The Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation, based in Armenia, purchased the house in 2015 and set out to renovate it to honor Saroyan and the Armenian community.
The Mayor Interview by Wally Sarkeesian
Plaque Unveiling, Official Ribbon Cutting at William Saroyan Museum Grand opening
By Wally Sarkeesian
OC. California at Zov’s Restaurant A luncheon event hosted by Dr. Kris Mirzayan & wife Pam for American University of Armenia AUA’s 100 Pillars of Tomorrow.
keynote speaker Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian, President of American University of Armenia (AUA)
the event Began with speaker president of AUA Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian, see the video, what is the Pillars, the pillars are the generosity of the Armenian of Diaspora investing in the future and realizing the dreams of Armenian student. To become one of the pillars Pledge, $50,000 payable in 5 years, $10,000 year., Today American university of Armenian have 100 Pillars and continues to expand,
AUA is the only U.S. accredited university in all of Caucasus, AUA has been able to remain ahead of the curve in forging a new path for education in Armenia because of its supporters and its close affiliation with the University of California. At the end, Dr. Kris Mirzayan and Mrs. Pamella Mirzayan were awarded a plaque in Honor of Their Dedication to AUA’s Students, whom Dr. Kris Mirzayan calls” These Students are The Future of Armenia ”
Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, and his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975. After three years at the University of Southern California, he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has served as Assistant Professor (1978-81), Associate Professor (1981-85), Professor (1985- ), Vice Chair (1990-93) and Chair (1997-2001) of the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Program and as Vice Chair for Instruction (2007-2009) in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
After the devastating Spitak earthquake of 1988 in Armenia, he was instrumental in establishing the American University of Armenia in Yerevan as an affiliate of the University of California. He has served as the founding Dean of Engineering (1991-2007), the Director of Engineering Research Center (1991-2004), and as Interim Provost (2011-2012) of AUA concurrently with his position at Berkeley. He continues to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia Corporation.
Der Kiureghian’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of structural reliability, risk analysis, random vibrations and earthquake engineering. He has pioneered methods for safety and reliability assessment of complex structures, for risk analysis and decision making, and for stochastic seismic analysis of buildings, bridges and critical equipment. He has more than 300 publications, including 110 in archival journals.
Ph.D. – Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1975
B.S./M.S. – Civil Engineering, Tehran University, 1971
A special thank you to the event hosts, Dr. Kris Mirzayan and Mrs. Pamela Ascher Mirzayan, who have invested in AUA both with their resources and their time. During the Fall 2017 semester, the couple relocated to Armenia so Kris could teach business-related courses to AUA students, where he saw first-hand the potential of the academics and the need for ongoing support.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Peggy Barsam, who further contributed to the university by purchasing a painting by Arev Petrosyan – the Yerevan-based artist has pledged to donate half the proceeds from each artwork sold to benefit AUA’s “Yes, Armenian Women Can!” campaign, which supports female students studying technology, science and engineering at the university. Arev’s contributions are ongoing and additional paintings are available for purchase at http://yawc.aua.am/.
Raffi Hovhannisyan’s Heritage party ready to run for parliament, Yerevan city council,
The Heritage party is ready to support the current government and will actively participate in the upcoming processes, leader of the party Raffi Hovhannisyan told a press conference today.
“I suggested them [Civil Contract party] a single list. If it works out it will be welcomed, if not Heritage will go on its own or with other forces,” Hovhannisyan said.
He expressed hope that with new elections the people will for the first time in 25 years have their reliable and accountable government.
Asked about the party’s participation in the Yerevan city elections, Hovhannisyan said they will discuss the matter next week.
“Heritage, like everyone else, has had its ups and downs. If Heritage decides to take part within an alliance or individually, it will definitely be represented in the legislative body,” he said.
The Yerkir Tsirani faction of the Yerevan City Council has nominated its leader Zaruhi Postanjyan as a candidate for mayor in the upcoming July 16 early election.
Taron Margaryan resigned as Mayor of Yerevan on July 9.
The City Council decided to hold the election on July 16 at a special sitting earlier.
From Wally Sarkeesian travel book; Can activist run a Government? Meet two members of Pashinyan Government
Mr. Armen Grigoryan
Secretary at Security Council of Armenia
Mr. Babken DerGrigorian
Deputy Minister at Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia
Economic Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister at Government of Armenia,
We caught up with them at COAF Smart Center.
From Wally Sarkeesian travel book; Meet the multi-talented and multi-tasking Haig Boyadjian, with one foot in Los Angeles and the second foot in Yerevan. He is Arpa Film Festival, Director, Producer and
Adviser, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF). we caught up with him at COAF Smart Center in Armenia, Haig Boyadjian is dynamic professional specializing in public relations, marketing, communications, and development. He led the social impact outreach for the film The Promise and is currently working on publicity campaigns for several films. in my book, he is just another Armenian treasure. https://www.facebook.com/gagrulepage/videos/859222747609031/