Calendar of Events

Published: Wednesday March 21, 2012

In recent weeks, activists gathered to protest and prevent commercial construction in a Yerevan park. Photolure

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March 21, 6:30 PM, New York City. Dr. Lerna Ekmekcioglu will give a lecture entitled "A Climate for Abduction, A Climate for Redemption: Armenian Women and Their Children During and Immediately After the Genocide," at Knox Hall 207, Columbia University, 606 West 122nd Street (between Broadway and Claremont Avenue).  The lecture is sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, the Armenian Center at Columbia University and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). For information about Ekmekcioglu's lecture, e-mail or visit; or call 617-489-1610 or e-mail

March 22, 7:30 PM, New Rochelle, N.Y. Abraham Terian, Professor Emeritus of Armenian Theology and Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary will give a lecture on a recently-discovered Armenian mosaic in Jerusalem. The lecture will be held at St. Nersess Seminary. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

March 23, 7:30 PM, Douglaston, N.Y. St. Sarkis Church hosts "Inviting our Families into the Mystery of Christ's Death and Resurrection," a lecture by JoAnn Heaney-Hunter from St. John's University, followed by Q&A. Fellowship hour by the Young Adults Group.  For information call 718-224-2275.

March 28, 6:45 PM, New York City. Armenian Speed Dating event will also raise funds to benefit young environmental activists in Armenia. The event will take place at a lower Manhattan venue; details will be provided upon registration and receipt of payment. Suggested ages of participants: 32-45.  RSVP: required via email, deadline of March 25 @ 11:59 pm. Donation: $20, deadline of March 26, 2012 @ 11:59 pm. To RSVP: send an email with your name, sex and age to Payment instructions will be provided once your RSVP email has been received.

March 30, 7:30 PM, Douglaston, N.Y. St. Sarkis Church hosts "500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing," a lecture by Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor of St. Illuminator's Cathedral, followed by Q&A. For information call 718-224-2275.

March 30, 7 PM, New York City. The New York Armenian Students' Association and Fordham Armenian Society have partnered to co-organize a discussion on human rights and environmental issues in Armenia. Presentations will be by Karen Hakobian of Hooys (Hope) non-governmental organization, Arsen Kharatyan of the Voice of America's Armenian Service and past organizer of civic activist groups in Armenia and opening remarks by Tamar Gasparian, communications officer at the Fund for Armenian Relief. At Fordham University - Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th St. (by 9th Ave.) Room 816, Manhattan, NY. Reception to follow.

March 30, 8 PM, New York City. Musical Armenia 2012 (29th concert of the series), sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy and Prelacy Ladies Guild will take place at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall. Featured artists: Marta Bagratuni, cello (with Zhao Zhao Yank, piano); Hayk Arsenyan, piano.  Tickets for the concert ($25) are available at the Carnegie Hall box office or through the Prelacy at 212-689-7810, or by email at

March 31, 7 PM, Hackensack, N.J. Constantinople Armenian Relief Society presents an Istanbul-born Armenian vocalist Sibil on her East Coast debut concert at Bergen County Academies at 200 Hackensack Ave. in Hackensack, NJ. Featuring a live orchestra led by Melik Ohanian and a special guest performance by Shushi Dance Ensemble of St. Vartan Cathedral, NY. For reservations contact Hilda at 516-496-0248 or Margrit at 914-686-0840. Tickets are $50, $35 and $25.

April 1, 5 PM, New York City. Pick up a paddle for the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) at Spring Pong, a friendly ping pong competition at SPiN NYC (48 East 23rd street, New York, NY 10010). All proceeds benefit athletic programs for kids in rural Armenia. Ticket purchase includes open bar, hors d'eouvres, dancing and raffle. Beginner Level Ticket: $85 Gone Pro Ticket: $100 - includes event t-shirt. Ticket + Ping Pong Tournament Entry: $85 + $50 minimum raised on myCOAF (tournament participants will be contacted by COAF about creating their personal fundraising page). Purchase tickets at:

April 7-8, New York City. St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral (630 Second Avenue, New York City) will host "Behold, All Things Have Become New: Armenian Artists Celebrate Easter" a special art exhibit featuring works by Armenia and U.S.-based artists in the Diocesan Complex as part of the upcoming observance of Easter Eve and Easter Sunday. Curator for the exhibit is Vasken Kalayjian, renowned graphic designer and artist. Opening reception on April 7 at 3 PM. Viewing hours 10 AM to 9 PM on April 7 and 1 PM to 6 PM on April 8. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.

April 12, 3 PM, New York City. ATOP Meaningfulworld hosts a symposium "Nations Acknowledging their Dark History: Psychosocial, Economic and Cultural Perspectives" at the United Nations, Room E (North Lawn Building); co-Sponsored by The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to UN. First Avenue between 45 & 46 streets, visitor's entrance. Featuring a one-hour screeining of "The River Ran Red" film directed by late Dr. Michael Hagopian and panel discussion with Carla Garapedian of the Armenian Film Foundation, Prof. Ervin Staub of Univ. of Massachusetts and Ellen Kennedy from Center for Genocide & Holocaust Studies". Chaired by Dr. Ani Kalayjian of the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention (ATOP). Contact Katherine at by April 7 to secure a UN Pass. For information contact Dr. Kalayjian at or phone: 201 941-2266

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