Genocide Scholars Conference in Armenia

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its twelfth meeting in Yerevan on 8-12 July 2015, hosted by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Director of the AGMI Hayk Demoyan will serve as Local Conference Chair.

The conference theme is “Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Genocides”.

2015 is an important year for all Armenians worldwide in terms of commemoration of the centennial of the beginning of the Armenian genocide. The Armenian genocide is sometimes considered as the first genocide of the 20th century and in many ways served as a template for subsequent genocidal crimes. 2015 is also is the year of 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Therefore, it is a significant time to analyze both crimes and all genocides of the 20th century in global and comparative perspectives.

On April 24th 2015 the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute will be opened after two years of renovation and new exhibition development. This is the first major re-opening since its inauguration in 1995. The renovated museum’s mission and exhibits will feature all genocides that occurred after the Armenian genocide. New exhibits will enable all visitors to understand the deep roots, causes, and dynamics of development and consequences of the genocide, while also offering a platform for dialogue.

The urgent need for early warning systems to prevent genocide, and efforts to revisit the basic concepts of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, are matters of pressing concern. Related questions also arise:

  • How were ideologies and religion instrumentalized for mass destruction during the 20th century?
  • What kind of interaction exists between genocidal intent and genocidal processes?
  • Who are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders and witnesses and how do we classify the relevant actors in different cases?
  • How might the comparative study of 20th century genocide help to prevent 21st century genocides and mass atrocities?
  • How might the legal consequences of the pre-1948 UN Convention “crimes against humanity” be settled?

The conference will begin with a visit to the newly developed exhibition of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. During the conference participants will be able to devote one day to an optional excursion to Gyumri, the city where the world largest orphanages were established by American Near East relief after the Armenian genocide and to visit Memorial to Musa Dagh Resistance in nearby Yerevan.

Attendance at the conference is open to all interested professionals and students, but presentation at the conference requires one to be a member of IAGS. For information on membership, please see


Armenian Genocide Centennial March for Justice

The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide signifies a global demand for justice by Armenians worldwide and all people of good will. The March for Justice on April 24, 2015 is the largest in the series of AGCC-WUSA hosted events. Participants will gather at 10AM in Little Armenia and will march in solidarity for 6 miles to the Turkish Consulate in the Wilshire District to protest the Turkish government’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide.

This Pan-Armenian March will unite, without exception, the Armenian community in its quest for justice while demonstrating collective strength and spirit. Protesters will thank those who have helped to spread awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and those who work tirelessly to prevent genocide elsewhere in the world.

View March Route starting in Little Armenia

The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee Western USA (AGCCWUSA) was established to steer and coordinate commemorative activities in the Western United States.

March Route, Directions, Parking


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Learn About Armenia

As we cruise around the internet, we sometimes come across some awesome videos or articles that get our attention. The video below happens to be one of them. Through a post on Facebook, this video got our attention and immediately we were captivated by such an exemplary account of the Armenian people and the country. Created by Los Angeles resident Paul Barbato in a video series called “Geography Now!”, this video captures the essence of Armenia in 10 minutes. Take a look…

If you want to see more videos by Paul Barbato, visit his YouTube page ( or website (

Tigran Hamasyan (Trio)


Armenian artist TIGRAN HAMASYAN (Trio) will be performing at Bootleg HiFi in Los Angeles, CA on February 20th, 2014.

Artist Bio:
Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. In early 2015, Nonesuch Records will release MOCKROOT, Tigran’s label debut. This show will be in support of the record release tour, featuring Tigran’s trio with Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. In the past decade, with the release of four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, Tigran has built up a dedicated international following, as well as accolades from the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau. In the words of the Guardian, Hamasyan “is guided by one of [mentor and fan Herbie Hancock’s] most enduring lessons: it’s possible to be a multi-stylistic jazz virtuoso and a groove-powered hitmaker simultaneously and hugely enjoy all of it.” The Times of London said of his most recent release, 2013’s Shadow Theater, “Armenian folk, electronic loops, heavenly voices and indie rock energy vie with Hamasyan’s rippling piano to create a dramatic, deeply melodic music unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.” Born in Armenian in 1987, Tigran has already won major accolades including a 2011 French Grammy Award, first place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and the 2013 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, at the age of 18 in 2006. That same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Subsequent albums include New Era (2008), Red Hail (2009), and A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France).

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Dr. Noune Pashinian Named Medical Honoree

Glendale’s Dr. Noune Pashinian Named Medical Honoree For the Jingle Bell Run/Walk For Arthritis, December 14th 5K Run/Walk Funds Research For A Cure For Arthritis, The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability

Noune Pashinian

(Los Angeles, CA) – October 30, 2014 – The Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region, has named Glendale’s Dr. Noune Pashinian as Medical Honoree for the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Dr. Pashinian has been practicing Rheumatology and Internal Medicine for 17 years. She graduated with Honors from Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia, and did her Residency in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, MI. She completed her Fellowship in Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA and received Board Certification in Rheumatology.

Dr. Pashinian practices Rheumatology in Glendale, and is on the staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital, and is teaching attending at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is a Fellow at the American College of Rheumatology and a member of Armenian American Medical Society. Loved by her patients and respected by her colleagues, Dr. Pashinian has written many publications and often speaks for community programs and professional societies.

The Arthritis Foundation expects hundreds to participate in the Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run/Walk this year, on Sunday, December 14th, 2014, starting at 8:00 AM in front of The Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203. The course for the Los Angeles event will pass through The Americana at Brand where participants and families can enjoy the holiday décor and festivities during the event.

Families and friends come in costume and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces and enjoy the Run/Walk, Kid’s Zone, live entertainment and refreshments. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and the opening program begins at 7:30 a.m. The timed 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. There will be a special “Tot Trot” at 10:00 a.m. for children under 8 years. All participants will receive a t-shirt and medal, with special medals awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, male and female, in each age category.

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, the 5K route is a fun and festive way to join together with friends and family to help find a cure for the nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Form a team and register today by visiting The Registration fee is $45 for adults and $25 for children under 13 years.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation ( is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, The Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure: fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 53 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.

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Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run Contact:
Debbie Martin
Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region
323-954-5760, x262
818-388-5077 (cell)

Media Contact:
Lois Julien
PR/Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
(818) 222-6790; (818) 634-0640 (cell)