CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Zoravik invites the public to an informal talk and discussion on the Velvet Revolution in Armenia by poet and academic Arto Vaun. We are living in a historical moment in which Armenians have the opportunity to finally shake loose from the conformity and institutional stagnation not only in Armenia but in the diaspora as well. Dr. Arto Vaun will discuss the ‘Velvet Revolution’ through a personal lens, as someone living in Armenia who was involved in the events of last April and May. Through photos and video he shot during this time, Vaun will argue that the ‘Velvet Revolution’ was first and foremost an unprecedented re-awakening in Armenian consciousness.
Title: What’s New, Armenia?: A ‘Velvet’ Shift in Consciousness
Time: Wednesday, December 19th, 7:30pm
Place: The Democracy Center (Mandela Room)
45 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Dr. Arto Vaun is an assistant professor at the American University of Armenia, where he is also the Chair of the English & Communications BA Program and Director of the Center for Creative Writing. Vaun is the author of Capillarity, and his poems and essays have appeared in various journals and anthologies. In 2016, he founded Locomotive, the first Anglophone journal of international poetry exported from Armenia. During the ‘Velvet Revolution’, Vaun contributed to Al Jazeera and was interviewed by Slovenian Radio and other media outlets. He is also on the editorial board of EVN Report, one of the main sources of English-language news in Armenia.
Zoravik (“in solidarity”) is a Boston-based Armenian activist collective that promotes new avenues for political and grassroots organizing and project-based engagement for progressives. Formed in the wake of the Velvet Revolution, the group seeks to mobilize the political, cultural, and social institutions of the diaspora to support and encourage transformative efforts in Armenian communities worldwide. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/zoravik or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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