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Announcement :: Education : Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology
3/31 Armenians and the Left Symposium
29 Mar 2007
All day AATL symposium. On Saturday, March 31, 2007 in Cambridge, Mass., Professors Peter Balakian of Colgate University and Halil Berktay of Sabanci University in Istanbul will head a panel discussing “Armeno-Turkish Relations: Pitfalls & Possibilities Following Hrant Dink’s Assassination.” The event will cap off a day-long "Armenians and the Left" symposium devoted to a range of contemporary issues. Earlier panels will address other vital themes: “The Media and Social Injustice in Armenia ” and “Environmental Politics in Armenia .”
How will Hrant Dink’s Assassination Affect Armeno-Turkish Relations?
Balakian and Berktay to Speak at "Armenians and the Left" Symposium

On Saturday, March 31, 2007 in Cambridge, Mass., Professors Peter Balakian of Colgate University and Halil Berktay of Sabanci University in Istanbul will head a panel discussing “Armeno-Turkish Relations: Pitfalls & Possibilities Following Hrant Dink’s Assassination.” The event will cap off a day-long "Armenians and the Left" symposium devoted to a range of contemporary issues. Earlier panels will address other vital themes: “The Media and Social Injustice in Armenia ” and “Environmental Politics in Armenia .”

The symposium is co-sponsored by Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and will be held at the Center for Government and International Studies at Harvard University.

The recent assassination of Istanbul-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was reported worldwide and has had significant repercussions on Turkey ’s internal reform movement as well as on Armeno-Turkish dialogue. Prominent academic figures will analyze what the future now holds on these issues. Major sub-themes will include an examination of Turkish right-wing nationalism and the assassination’s impact on efforts to gain acknowledgement of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

In a separate panel, investigative journalist Edik Baghdasaryan from Yerevan, Armenian Weekly Editor Khatchig Mouradian, and Professor of Communications, Gayane Torosyan of SUNY-Oneonta will discuss the structure and functioning of Armenia’s media today, focusing on 1) the media's role/effectiveness in reporting on corruption/social ills, and 2) the way in which media are organized (ownership patterns, monopolies, censorship issues, etc.). Steve Kurkjian of The Boston Globe will also provide his perspective on the issue.

A third panel will feature Jeffrey Tufenkian, President of “Armenian Forests” NGO, Ann Shirinian-Orlando, US Representative for Greens Union of Armenia, Ursula Kazarian of the Armenian Environment Network who will discuss prospects for developing an environmental movement in Armenia. The panel will be moderated by Jeff Masarjian, Director of the Armenia Tree Project. Specific topics include 1) coalition-building strategies on environmental issues; 2) prospects for reforming mainstream public/private policies toward the environment; 3) Looming environmental issues that must be dealt with (illegal deforestation, depletion of urban green spaces, industrial mining, nuclear energy and the need for alternative energy resources). The panel will be joined by Robert Kalantari, a nuclear power industry expert, who will discuss the environmental impact of and the political challenges confronting Armenia ’s power generation sector.

"Armenians and the Left" is a project of the Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Eastern United States.

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See also:
http://www.armeniansandtheleft.com/index.htm
http://www.armeniansandtheleft.com/conference2006/conference2006.htm

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