Armenian Weekly Publishes Special Insert on the Armenians and Progressive Politics Conference
--Scholars, writers, and activists from around the world gathered to exchange ideas at the Armenian Revolutionary Federation's third annual "Armenians and Progressive Politics" (APP) conference on May 30-31 in New York City. The meeting was designed to offer a forum for progressive activists and thinkers who tie Armenian issues to a broader political field. More
Armenian Reporter Covers Armenians and Progressive Politics Conference
NEW YORK - A two day symposium titled "Armenians and Progressive Politics" took place from May 30 to 31, in New York. Organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Eastern U.S., and co-sponsored by the Armenian National Committee (ANC) branches of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Nation Institute (of The Nation magazine), and the CUNY Center for Place, Culture and Politics, it drew an impressive panel of international scholars, writers, activists, and interested audience members. More
Writers, scholars, and activists from South America, Canada, Armenia, Europe, and the western United States will join their East Coast colleagues in examining Armenian issues from a progressive viewpoint as part of the May 30-31 “Armenians and Progressive Politics” conference in New York City.
Friday May 30 at 7:30 PM at Baruch College
Plenary Lecture: "The New Imperialism"
On Friday, May 30
British journalist and activist Tariq Ali
will lead a panel discussion on "The New Imperialism: Old Problems, New Challenges" in New York. Joining Ali will be David Barsamian
, founder and Director of the Colorado-based Alternative Radio, and Neil Smith
, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York.
The three panelists will examine globalization, superpower rivalries, the nature of advanced capitalism, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the contemporary politics of empire and its destructive effects on small nations will be discussed, as well as alternatives to the current structure.
Saturday May 31 9:30AM - 7:30PM at CUNY Graduate Center
Day Long Conference Featuring 7 Panels
Friday's plenary will be followed by six panels on Saturday, May 31. These panels will consider topics such as Changing Armenian Gender Roles; the Anti-Defamation League and the Armenian Genocide; Foreign Assistance to Armenia; an Armenian Global Progressive Agenda; Unrest in Armenia; and a Youth Panel on Political Activism. Read the panel descriptions
and check the conference schedule.
Notable panelists include international lawyer and human rights activist Armineh Arakelian
; ArmeniaNow editor John Hughes
; journalist Florence Avakian
; professor and Middle East expert Nubar Hovsepian
; poet Nancy Agabian
; sociologist and genocide scholar Jack Nusan Porter
; Joey Kurtzman
, executive editor of Jewcy; human rights advocate Karen Hakobyan
; writer, student and blogger Simon Maghakyan
; Levon Chorbajian
, professor and author; human rights activist Pedro Mouratian
; actor Nora Armani
. Read the participants' biographies.
Saturday's schedule will conclude with a plenary entitled "Coalition-Building Among Dispossessed Groups" featuring Tariq Ali, David Barsamian, and Nubar Hovsepian, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Chapman University.
Friday's session takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Mason Hall, Baruch College Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Avenue (at East 23 rd Street), New York City. Admission is free. Directions.
Saturday's panels and the 5:30 pm closing plenary will all be held at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), New York City. Panels run from 10 am to 5 pm, with registration beginning at 9:30 am and a one-hour lunch break at noon. Registration costs $15, $10 for students (lunch is not included). Directions.
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Armenians and Progressive Politics (formerly “Armenians and the Left”) is an initiative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Eastern USA
. The conference is co-sponsored by the Armenian National Committees of New York and New Jersey
, The Nation Institute
, and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics
. Previous participants include Noam Chomsky and Robert Fisk.