Dr. Razmik Panossian to Discuss Gulbenkian Foundation’s Future Plans in Talk at NAASR

BELMONT, Mass. — Members of the community are invited to a special presentation by Dr. Razmik Panossian on Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), 395 Concord Ave.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and NAASR.

Panossian’s talk will center on the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s plan for 2014-2018. Launched in December 2013, the plan is based on the department’s mission “to create a viable future for the Armenian people in which its culture and language are preserved and valued.” It is structured around the four priority areas which are crucial in fulfilling that mission: promoting the preservation of Armenian language and culture through education, supporting Armenia by investing in its youth and civil society, helping to improve Armenian-Turkish relations and preserving the Armenian literary heritage.

Panossian is director of the Armenian Communities Department at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars (Columbia University Press, 2006) and various other academic publications on Armenian identity, politics, and diaspora.  He was the Director of Policy, Programmes, and Planning at the Montreal-based International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (2004-2010), and has worked for UNDP in New York as an international consultant (2011-12).  He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000, where he also taught.

More information about Panossian’s talk may be had by e-mailing [email protected], or writing to NAASR, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.