The ARPA Institute 30th Anniversary Conference & Gala
June 11, 2022This year, 2022 being the 30th anniversary of its founding, the ARPA Institute is organizing a one-day public conference on education, science, technology and healthcare and their impact on socio-economic wellbeing and political perspectives. The program is intended to promote public participation and dialogue.
Conference: 9:30am - California State University Northridge
- The conference will be hybrid, in-person with option to live-stream, virtual platforms:
- Keynote speakers, followed by two sessions of three speakers each and a panel discussion.
- Morning, on science, education and technology, effects on industrial developments and well-being.
- Afternoon on healthcare, social and political development.
- Social and networking event, keynote speaker, Mr. Al Eisaian, cultural program.
- Dinner: pay-per-person: $200.
Desired ImpactThe ARPA Institute Board of Directors believe that this event will be an impactful public learning experience that will offer the participants opportunities to draw upon the methods and insights of these important subjects, as well as foster greater understanding among people. ARPA Institute will also invite experts from Armenia to connect with their peers in California and promote better understanding of one another, appreciation of shared heritage of diverse cultures, for a more tolerant development of society. The content of the conference program, formulated by the 30th Anniversary Committee is tailored to promote wide public participation and encourage interactions between different communities, for potential collaboration between institutions and organizations. The fundamental objective is to relate histories, experiences and/or contemporary issues of concern to the Armenian community in California, promote discussion of ideas and different points of view and deeper understanding of culture heritage and history, as well as encourage critical thinking and analysis, The Conference will be a forum for dialogue to smooth diversity of views about topics of common interest, as well as a means for intergenerational discussions to inspire the new generation to learn more about history and cultural heritage. Our surveys from similar events organized in the past have the organization members convinced that the impact will be positive, both in terms of education and constructive dialogue amongst people of similar heritage but diverse lifestyles and social environments. The ARPA Institute always tries to offer participants opportunities to draw upon the new methods and approaches to solving inter-societal problems for greater understanding among people and concentrate on thoughtful reflection on important topics. The idea is to create links between one another to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape a better future. The ARPA Institute 30th Anniversary program has a special focus on expanding public participation and reducing social and artificial barriers. Moreover, connecting Armenians in Armenia and those in California will invite collaboration between the two countries that may enhance social and political discourse as well as bring about economic benefits.
Resources RequiredTo implement the conference, the 30th Anniversary Celebration Committee will hold the Conference in the California State University, Northridge, and a professional Live-Streaming team to provide the capability for on-line participation will be working on it. This will allow people of the same heritage in Armenia to participate, thus creating an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect. The speakers, panelists, and moderators work on a voluntary basis and without compensation. In addition, both the committee members and all the Board of Directors of the ARPA Institute are also volunteers and hence, there is no overhead at all.
9:30am—Continental Breakfast and Coffee will be served
Hagop Panossian, Ph.D., President of ARPA Institute,
General Chair: Yervant Zorian, Ph.D.
Mary Papzian, Ph.D., San Jose State University President
Session I – Science, Education and Technology in Armenia
10:45—Science, Education and High-Technology Industry in Armenia
Chair: Artur Davoyan, Ph.D., UCLA
Ani Aprahamian, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UND, Director, AANL
Armenia Marching Forward: Transforming AANL into Innovation & Technology HUB
Tigran Shahverdyan, Ph.D., Giduj, Armenia
Science and Education in Armenia
Yervant Zorian, Ph.D. VP of Synopsys Armenia
Advanced Technology Trends and the Armenian World
Al Eisaian, M.S.
12:30—Panel Discussion; Q & A
1:00 – Lunch Break (Lunch will be made served)
Session II – Social and Political Development of Armenia
2:00—The Social and Political Development of Armenia: The Role of Diaspora
Chair: Sargis Sedrakyan, Ph.D., USC
Irina Ghaplanyan, Ph.D., AUA
Modernization of Social System and Society in Armenia?
Eric Hacopian, Ph.D., Political Consultant and Analyst, Yerevan, Armenia
The Foreign Policy of Armenia and Geopolitical Challenges
Shant Shekherdimian, MD. UCLA Professor
Armine Lulejian, Ph.D. USC Sr Director of Educational Initiatives for the USC MESH Academy,
Associate Director of Informatics Education Core with USC Clinical Translational Sciences Inst. &
Asst Prof in Population and P. Health Sc, Keck Sch. of Medicine
Healthcare System in Armenia and the Need for Modernization
Carla Garapedian, Ph.D., Filmmaker, Director, Writer, and Broadcaster
3:45—Panel Discussion; Q & A
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Saturday June 11, 2022
6:30pm Sheraton Universal Hotel 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
Please join us for a formal banquet commemorating ARPA Institute’s 30th Anniversary. The Gala features an exciting program with the great Al Esaian, an entrepreneur par excellence, as the MC for the evening. Tickets are $200 and all proceeds will directly support our ongoing STEM projects in Armenia. ARPA Institute has spent the past 30 years furthering scientific, healthcare and industrial innovation and education in Armenia. You are invited to celebrate with us!
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