May 18 | USC Campus

10 AM – 6 PM

A Festival of Ideas, Music, and Action

Introducing scholars and policymakers whose work impacts lives and changes thinking, as well as the best in music, culture and politics  from Armenia, Los Angeles, and the world.

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FAQ

Where and when will Innovate take place?

On the beautiful USC campus located on 3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

What is the theme of this year’s Innovate Armenia?

Old Routes to New Roots.

The Old Routes are those that take us through the historical Armenian lands. Scholars will address issues of geography, genealogy, memory, identity.  

The New Roots are those being put down in the Republic of Armenia – the new Armenia.  Scholars, policy experts and senior members of government will talk about goals, strategies and challenges at this new and transitional time in Armenian history.

What is Innovate Armenia?

Innovate Armenia is a festival of ideas, music and action, featuring talks by young scholars on ancestral roots, post-revolution leaders from Armenia, art, music, and Armenian beer.

Is the event inside or outdoors?

Both. The talks will be held indoors at Bovard auditorium. Simultaneously, right outside, in Founder’s Park, you can enjoy live music, meet active and innovative public organizations from Armenia, sample Armenian coffee and Armenian craft beer!

Is the event free?

Yes!

Do I need to reserve my spot?

No. Just show up any time during the day and enjoy!

Is Innovate Armenia family friendly?

Yes. Innovate has something for everyone.

Engaging talks ✓

Live Music ✓

Active organizations looking for partners ✓

Food ✓

Armenian Coffee ✓

Armenian Craft Beer ✓

Oversized chess board ✓

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What about food?

A variety of delicious (and innovative) food will be available for purchase. Anush!

Where should I park?

The best place to park is Parking Structure X on the corner of Figueroa and McCarthy Way. This is the address you can put into your GPS: 3499 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Is there convenient public transport to USC?

Yes! The event is a short 5 minute walk from Metro Expo Line’s Expo Park/USC station. For route information, see: https://www.metro.net/

How can I get updates about the event?

Sign up here for updates. Or check armenian.usc.edu regularly.

Where can I get more information about the Institute of Armenian Studies?

You can visit armenian.usc.edu to learn more.

I can’t attend this year but would love to hear the talks and experience from afar. Will the event be live streamed?

Yes, the event will be livestreamed in both Armenian and in English. Following the event, the talks will be posted on the Institute’s YouTube Channel.

Innovate Armenia Schedule
May 18, 2019
10:00AM – 6:00PM

Bovard Auditorium
10:00AM – 11:45AM

 

MC: Syuzanna Petrosyan, Alex Sardar

 

Landscapes of Memory

Matthew Karanian, Photographer | Author

The Armenian Highland

 

Genealogy as Identity

George Aghjayan, Genealogist | Curator

westernarmenia.weebly.com

 

How to Forget

Avedis Hadjian, Author

Secret Nation: The Hidden Armenians of Turkey

 

Identity: It’s Complicated

Mehmet Fatih Uslu, PhD, Translator of Zabel Yesayan

 

The Tangible Past

Heghnar Watenpaugh, PhD, Author

The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice

 

Places of Memory

Vahakn Keshishian, Curator

Hrant Dink Foundation Cultural Heritage Map

 

11:45AM

 

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan – Live via Skype

Republic of Armenia

 

Salpi Ghazarian

Director, USC Institute of Armenian Studies

 

12:15PM – 1:15PM

 

SOUND STORIES

“The Songs You Know, With the Stories You Don’t”

Element Band in collaboration with the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

 

1:30PM – 5:00PM

 

MC: Dr. Shushan Karapetian

 

Security Policy

Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of Security Council of Armenia

 

Karabakh – Real Life in an Unrecognized Republic

Armine Aleksanyan, Deputy Foreign Minister of Karabakh

And 

In Conversation with

Dr. Shushan Karapetian

 

Economy

Dr. Kate WeberExecutive Director of the Academy in the Public Square, USC Dornsife

In conversation with

Vache Gabrielyan, PhD, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia and Dean of College of Business and Economics at American University of Armenia

And

Martin Galstyan, PhD, Central Bank of Armenia

 

The Role of IT

Vach Hovsepyan, ServiceTitan

In Conversation with

Zaré Baghdasarian, Avata Intelligence

Vahe Kuzoyan, ServiceTitan

 

Environmental Policy

Irina Ghaplanyan, PhD, Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Nature Protection

 

Rural Armenia: Challenges and Prospects

Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of the Tavush Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church

 

Healthcare Policy

Kim Hekimian, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics at Columbia University

In conversation with

Shant Shekherdimian, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCLA

And

Arsen Torosyan, Armenia’s Minister of Health

 

Crafting the Message

Vladimir Karapetyan, Press Secretary of the Prime Minister of Armenia

 

Education Policy

Arevik Anapiosyan, Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science

In conversation with

Mark Power Robison, PhD, Chair of Global Executive Doctor of Education Program at USC Rossier School of Education

 

5:00PM – 6:00PM

 

The Diaspora Question

Professor Daniel Mazmanian, USC Price School of Policy

In conversation with

Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of Security Council of Armenia

Irina Ghaplanyan, Deputy Minister of Nature Protection

Vache Gabrielyan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia

Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan

Music Stage
10:00AM

 

Nur Qanon Ensemble

 

10:45AM

 

Liana Aghajanian, on the Dialects of Coffee

 

11:00AM

 

Richard Hagopian Family Quartet

 

12:15PM

 

SOUND STORIES

“The Songs You Know, With the Stories You Don’t”

Element Band in collaboration with the USC Institute of Armenian Studies —

LIVE in Bovard Auditorium, Broadcast to the Music Stage

 

1:15PM

 

Garabala

 

2:00PM

 

Charlie Papazian, on Beer

 

2:30PM

 

Nur Qanon Ensemble

 

3:30PM

 

Garabala

 

4:30PM

 

Charlie Papazian, on Beer

 

5:00PM

 

Richard Hagopian Family Quartet

English Stream

Armenian Stream

Parking

Dialects of Coffee
Come sip free samples of KAVAT COFFEE and HENRY’S HOUSE OF COFFEE. Author Liana Aghajanian will talk and record conversations about the memories that Armenian coffee evokes. If you’re here, you can be one of the storytellers.

Innovative Food
From jingyalov hats to pastrami nachos, innovative food will be a part of the day long festival.

From Old Routes to New Roots
From around the world: Scholars will discuss how to remember the Genocide and reclaim the past. From Armenia: Ministers, economists, and policymakers, all on one topic – HOW TO BUILD A COUNTRY.

Armenian Craft Beer
Enjoying Armenian craft beers produced in a millennia-old tradition. Charlie Papazian, the beer guru and the founder of the American Homebrewers Association will join the conversation. (Free samples).

Dialects of Coffee
Come sip free samples of KAVAT COFFEE and HENRY’S HOUSE OF COFFEE. Author Liana Aghajanian will talk and record conversations about the memories that Armenian coffee evokes. If you’re here, you can be one of the storytellers.

Innovative Food
From jingyalov hats to pastrami nachos, innovative food will be a part of the day long festival.

From Old Routes to New Roots
From around the world: Scholars will discuss how to remember the Genocide and reclaim the past. From Armenia: Ministers, economists, and policymakers, all on one topic – HOW TO BUILD A COUNTRY.

Armenian Craft Beer
Enjoying Armenian craft beers produced in a millennia-old tradition. Charlie Papazian, the beer guru and the founder of the American Homebrewers Association will join the conversation. (Free samples).

4000+

Sips of Coffee

30+

Speakers

7+

Hours of Music

6+

Styles of Craft Beer

Endless Ideas

Endless Ideas

RECLAIMING THE PAST
10 am - Bovard Auditorium

Avedis Hadjian

HOW TO FORGET

Avedis Hadjian

George Aghjayan

GENEALOGY AS IDENTITY

George Aghjayan

Heghnar Watenpaugh

THE TANGIBLE PAST

Heghnar Watenpaugh

Matthew Karanian

LANDSCAPES OF MEMORY

Matthew Karanian

Mehmet Fatih Uslu

IDENTITY: IT’S COMPLICATED

Mehmet Fatih Uslu

Vahakn Keshishyan

PLACES OF MEMORY

Vahakn Keshishian

PRIME MINISTER PASHINYAN LIVE VIA SKYPE
11:30 am - Bovard Auditorium

Nikol Pashinyan

A journey through the Armenian experience in music and stories
12 noon - Bovard Auditorium

HOW TO BUILD A COUNTRY
1:30 pm - Bovard Auditorium

Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of Security Council of Armenia

SECURITY POLICY

Armen Grigoryan

Secretary of Security Council of Armenia

Irina Ghaplanyan

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan

Deputy Minister of Nature Protection

Arevik Anapiosyan

EDUCATION POLICY

Arevik Anapiosyan

Deputy Minister of Education

Arsen Torosyan

HEALTHCARE POLICY

Arsen Torosyan

Minister of Health

Vache Gabrielyan

ECONOMY

Professor Vache Gabrielyan

American University of Armenia

Vladimir Karapetyan

CRAFTING THE MESSAGE

Vladimir Karapetyan

Spokesperson for Prime Minister Pashinyan

Armine Aleksanyan

KARABAKH

Armine Aleksanyan

Deputy Foreign Minister of Karabakh

Martin Galstyan

ECONOMY

Dr. Martin Galstyan

Central Bank of Armenia

MUSIC STAGE
10 am - 6 pm

Nur Qanon Ensemble - Yerevan, Armenia

Nur Qanon Ensemble

Yerevan, Armenia

The Richard Hagopian Trio - Fresno, California

The Richard Hagopian Quartet

Fresno, California

Garabala - Beirut, Lebanon

Garabala

Beirut, Lebanon

ORGANIZATIONS
10 am - 6 pm

1 Vlume
3 Imagine
5 Healthcare
7 CRRC
8 CivilNet
4 Hrant Dink
6 Halo
2 Armenian Tree Project
Emil Sanamyan

“INNOVATE ARMENIA is like a box of carefully selected, assorted chocolates.”

– Emil Sanamyan, Journalist

Katy Pearce

 “INNOVATE ARMENIA is uniquely organized so that people interested in Armenian arts, culture, intellectual discussion, AND policy come together in one space. I can think of no event like this.”

– Katy Pearce, PhD University of Michigan

David Ignatius

“It’s great to see the Armenian past, present and future at INNOVATE ARMENIA.”

– David Ignatius, The Washington Post

Talar Chahinian

“INNOVATE ARMENIA is an interplay between Armenian culture, arts and politics. What makes this beautiful thought experiment complete is the public’s participation.”

– Talar Chahinian, PhD UC Irvine

Viet Thanh Nguyen

“INNOVATE ARMENIA is a one-of-a-kind showcase of Armenian art, culture, and thinking that inspires everyone who participates in it.”

– Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize 2016