Category: California

CA Legislature Allocates $10 Million for Human Rights Curricula, Genocide Education Training, Museum

CA Legislature Allocates $10 Million for Human Rights Curricula, Genocide Education Training, Museum

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature passed AB 97, the Budget Act of 2017 on June 15, which allocates $10 million to support the History-Social Science curriculum framework, as well as regional trainings and professional development available for teachers and administrators with an emphasis on the Armenian Genocide and other human and civil rights issues. The […]

Armenian Assembly Hosts Discussion with Chris Bohjalian in Los Angeles

Armenian Assembly Hosts Discussion with Chris Bohjalian in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Armenian Assembly of America in April hosted a discussion and book signing with critically-acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian, the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Aline Ohanesian, herself an acclaimed writer, moderated the event, which was followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. After the discussion, guests had an opportunity to have books […]

Sevan Kaloustian Greene Named Kondazian Playwriting Award Winner by ADAA

Sevan Kaloustian Greene Named Kondazian Playwriting Award Winner by ADAA

LOS ANGELES — The first-ever Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories was awarded on April 23 to London-based playwright Sevan Kaloustian Greene, at the Antaeus Theatre in Glendale. Greene won the $2,500 Kondazian Award for his play, “Forgotten Bread.” An ode to the Armenian Genocide, Forgotten Bread is the volatile, […]

Turkish Divestment Bill Passes California Assembly Committee

Turkish Divestment Bill Passes California Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 1597, the Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act, passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee Friday, May 26, clearing the way for a historic vote to hold Turkey accountable for their continued denial of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. “I am humbled and grateful for my colleagues in the Assembly for joining with […]

L.A. Chamber Cancels Turkey Business Forum after Protest Beating Incident

L.A. Chamber Cancels Turkey Business Forum after Protest Beating Incident

LOS ANGELES (LA Business Journal) — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has cancelled a forum set for this week on doing business with Turkey. The move comes in the aftermath of the beating last week of protestors in Washington, DC, by bodyguards of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “We have informed our members […]

Exploring Roma persecution in Shoah ‘Remembrance’ concert

Exploring Roma persecution in Shoah ‘Remembrance’ concert

By Rob Gloster SAN FRANCISCO (Jewish News of Northern California) — The Nazis’ murder of 220,000 Roma, or Gypsies, has always been a historical anecdote overshadowed by the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. Mina Miller, president and artistic director of Music of Remembrance, wanted to focus on the persecution of Roma and decided […]

Obituary: Al Nalbandian Star of Old-Time SF, Bit Player in Films, Departs City He Loved

Obituary: Al Nalbandian Star of Old-Time SF, Bit Player in Films, Departs City He Loved

By Carl Nolte SAN FRANCISCO (Chronicle) — It is not the big and famous things that give San Francisco its special flavor. It’s not the thousand-foot-tall buildings, or even the glorious Golden Gate Bridge. It’s the people, the San Franciscans, the man at the corner store, the lady who watches out for the neighborhood community garden, […]

Dr. Mary Papazian Officially Installed as San Jose State University President

Dr. Mary Papazian Officially Installed as San Jose State University President

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 4 was a landmark day for San Jose State University and Armenian people. Dr. Mary Papazian was inaugurated as 30th president of San Jose State University (SJSU). She is first Armenian woman president of a California State University and only the third woman president of SJSU. The inauguration event was […]