Upcoming Lectures/Presentations


Quest for the Future: Armenia Transformed

By Dr. Armen Baibourtian
Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 4:00PM

In the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall of the Merdinian School:
13330 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Direction: Exit Woodman on 101 FWY; go North 1 block, turn Right on Riverside Dr.


The national dynamics of the incredible and far-reaching political transformation in Armenia, the root causes leading to it, and the entire spectrum of factors fostering this in-depth process will be presented and discussed. The political power of moral imagination and its profound impact on the Armenian statesmanship will be highlighted. The analysis of the evolving context where visions for change emerged and the fortitude of the Armenian people manifested are going to be supplemented with projections for the future and the nation’s rediscovered true identity.

Dr. Armen Baibourtian is a Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst since January 2014. He presently lives in Glendale, CA and teaches online at UMass. Prof. Baibourtian holds two PhDs – in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (2010) and Modern World History from Yerevan State University (1990). He has also received graduate certification from Harvard and M.I.T. Dr. Baibourtian earlier combined his professorship with the job of Director of Administration at the Armenian Diocese in New York (2016-2017). He also worked as Senior Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia (2008-2013). He taught for five years at the Center for European Studies at Yerevan State University. As Armenian diplomat, Ambassador Baibourtian served twice as the Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia (1997-2000 and 2004-2008), simultaneously being the Chief Negotiator with the European Union. Along with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, he co-chaired the U.S.-Armenia Security Dialogue. Ambassador Baibourtian also co-chaired bilateral Intergovernmental Cooperation Commissions with China and India. He became the first Armenian Ambassador in India and, concurrently, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia (2000-2004). He was also Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (1993-1995) and the first Consul General in Los Angeles (1995-1997).

Disclaimer: The Merdinian School is not the sponsor of this event and any opinions expressed during the event are not those of the School.