Armenia: Diaspora Conference Promotes Concept of New “Global Armenian Identity”
An all-day conference in Los Angeles, to be held September 23, will explore ways that Armenian Diaspora communities can more efficiently and effectively interact with their homeland to promote social and economic progress.
The central theme of the conference, Innovate Armenia 2017, is “rethinking, relearning and reimagining identity, language, history and technology.” The gathering is organized by the University of Southern California’s Institute of Armenian Studies.
A key to change is shaping a “global Armenian identity,” said Salpi Ghazarian, the institute’s director and the driving force behind the annual conference, which is in its third year.
“Victims of genocide lived through the 20th century with a particular kind of mindset. In the 21st century, Armenians have a state, and are thriving around the world,” Ghazarian said in an email interview with EurasiaNet.org. “This mandates a change in imagining and thinking about everything.”
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