November 12, 2016
On Saturday, November 12th AGBU’s Hye Geen and Young Circle hosted a lecture titled “Facing Reality in Armenia.” Hye Geen Chairwoman, Sona Yacoubian started the event with opening remarks, and welcomed Hye Geen Young Circle board member, Elizabeth Kabanyan, to introduce the speakers, highlighting their experience and achievements.
Dr. Marzbed Margossian, an AGBU Hovagimian-Manougian alumnus, a scientist and journalist born in Beirut, Lebanon discussed the patterns of unrest in Armenian history by uncovering the past struggles of the country and its diaspora. Mr. Levon P. Thorose, a humanitarian and innovator who introduced new sensor technology in Armenia, discussed the current political situation in Armenia, mapping the current state of its military and the lack of resources along the borders of Artsakh. Finally, Mr. Harout Bronozian, an A.G.B.U. alumnus who works closely with numerous schools in Armenia, spoke emotionally and whole-heartedly about the reactions and concerns of the greater diaspora.
The event attracted over 100 guests to A.G.B.U. Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center. The speakers engaged guests into a very dynamic Q&A session about Armenia’s history, future, and the role of the diaspora. In its 24 years of humanitarian work, Hye Geen has sponsored many special events and programs both in the United States and Armenia.
This year the Committee boasts many young members who are passionately promoting the role of the Armenian women as nurturers by empowering them to take a larger role in community and diaspora leadership.