ARF Eastern U.S. Announces Schedule for First Republic Centennial Conference

WATERTOWN, Mass. (A.W.)—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Eastern U.S. has announced the program schedule for the First Republic of Armenia Centennial Conference, taking place May 11-12 at Columbia University in New York.

The conference will feature several speakers including Hagop Balian, Richard Hovhannisian, Ashot Melkonyan, and Ronald Grigor Suny

The event is co-sponsored by the Armenian Review and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) on the occasion of the republic’s centennial.

“An international cast of speakers has been assembled, not just to explain the historical events and significance of the First Republic, but also to reflect on how what happened 100 years ago has impacted Armenia and Armenians in the past thirty years,” said conference programming chair Dikran Kaligian.

The conference begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, with a plenary roundtable session titled “The First Republic of Armenia: 100 Years Later”. Professors Richard Hovannisian, Ronald Suny, Stephan Astourian, and Dikran Kaligian will lead the roundtable.

On Saturday, May 12, the full-day program will start at 9:30 a.m. Sessions include the following:

“Key Figures and Events of the First Republic”

Speakers for the Armenian-language session: Amaduni Virabian (Armenia), Hagop Balian (France), Raymond Kevorkian (France)

Speakers for the English-language session: Tatul Sonentz-Papazian (U.S.), Khatchig Mouradian (U.S.), Vartan Matiossian (U.S.), Nareh Kupelian (U.S.)


Terra Irredenta: The Struggle to Secure Armenia’s Borders”

Armenian: Ruben Safrastyan (Armenia), Ashot Melkonyan (Armenia), Lernik Hovhannisyan (Artsakh)

English: Robert Krikorian (U.S.), Stephen Jones (U.S.), Pietro Shakarian (U.S.)


“The First Republic in Public Imagination”

Ara Sanjian (U.S.), Marc Nichanian (Portugal), Hayk Demoyan (Armenia)


“Armenia and the Great Powers”

Alla Mirzoyan (U.S.), Henry Theriault (U.S.), Gregory Aftandilian (U.S.), Marc Mamigonian (U.S.)


There will also be a keynote luncheon on Saturday featuring Professor Richard Hovannisian.

A full listing of speaker topics and presentations will be available soon.

Registration details for the conference will be announced next week and made available online to the public.


The conference is part of a larger series of activities devoted to the Republic of Armenia’s centennial. Further activities will be announced as they become available.



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  1. If you want to order baseball caps with 100 anniversary ARF embrorydere on them with afordable price $6 each please contact me . Please email me the contact of the person who will be able to decide or to discuss possible order.Thank you.

  2. Nare kupelian is a fraud who is falsely claiming to have a PhD, and if ARF believed at all in academic integrity , she would be pulled out of this conference immediately.

    • You’re hilarious. she’s actually in intellectual history at ucla, with a well known historian as her dissertation supervisor.

    • there is no intellectual history department at UCLA. a google search will tell you this. its not clear who this well-known historian is. if you do know, please share the link to the UCLA website. bring me everything you think is true about this persons phd, i will discredit it.

      Whoever is complacent after this, me included, are in on this conspiracy where we simultaneously mock the ARFs legacy, make it much much harder for women of the ARF to be viewed as credible, complicate the already difficult battle of spreading the armenian perspective in this cruel world, exploit the acceptance and loving nature of our large and sacred community, and possibly doing great harm by enabling a (likely) mentally ill person, who should be in therapy and is instead having to fidget her way through lectures because shes so uncomfortable about being discovered.

      turks have been saying all along that our history is written by the frauds of ARF . imagine if the turkish lobby knew about this? if the other political parties used this to discredit us? any of our opponents? the weirdos of facebook live? UYA? when the members find out and it demotivates them? imagine the outcome if someone like this rises to power? is given a professor position in armenia? i can talk for hours about why we as community cant afford to put this potential PR Crisis on a pedestal

  3. Reading the list of speakers,I’m hopeful that the conference will be objective, with no taboo subjects. At least Raymond Kevorkian should ensure this.Not too hopeful given the others.

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