Eric Nazarian, Scout Tufankjian to Speak at Youth Connect Program at NYU

Program Director Khatchig Mouradian Also Among Speakers

NEW YORK (A.W.)—Filmmaker Eric Nazarian and photojournalist Scout Tufankjian will speak at the 2015 Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Youth Connect Program (YCP), to be held at New York University (NYU) on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Eric Nazarian
Eric Nazarian

The program will also feature a talk by scholar Khatchig Mouradian, the director of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Youth Connect Program. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The theme of the two-day program will be “Looking Beyond the Centennial.” It will be held on Sat., Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NYU. A brunch featuring a discussion on volunteering in Armenia will be held on Sun., March 1 at 10 a.m. The program will conclude at noon.

University students are encouraged to apply.

Registration is required. The $25 registration fee includes meals and the evening dinner.

Overnight accommodation will be offered for out-of-town students. To register, visit http://arseastusa.org/programs/#youthconnect. For more information, contact the ARS Eastern USA office by calling (617) 926-3801 or e-mailing arseastus@gmail.com.

Scout Tufankjian
Scout Tufankjian

Tufankjian is a photojournalist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, US News & World Report, Le Monde, Newsday, and the New York Times. Her book featuring a selection of the photographs from Obama’s presidential campaign, Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign in December 2008, sold out its initial 55,000 copy run a month before it was released. Tufankjian’s photo of Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama hugging each other, released in November 2012, became the most-liked photo on Facebook and most retweeted Tweet in history.

Nazarian is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and photojournalist. In 2007, he wrote and directed “The Blue Hour,” a first feature film that won six international awards. In 2008, Nazarian received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® (home of the Oscars) prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his original screenplay, “Giants.” In turn, Nazarian’s film “Bolis” was the recipient of the Best Short Film Award at the 14th Arpa International Film Festival in 2011. He is currently adapting Chris Bohjalian’s critically acclaimed novel, The Sandcastle Girls, for the big screen.

Khatchig Mouradian
Khatchig Mouradian

Mouradian is the coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where he also teaches in the History and Sociology Departments as adjunct professor. Mouradian was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2007-14. He is the recipient the Gulbenkian Armenian Studies Research Fellowship (2014) to study the Armenian community in China in the 20th century. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, currently completing his dissertation titled, “Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917.”

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