Undergraduate and Graduate Retreats

Encouraging innovative, out-of-the-box, disruptive thinking about Armenians in the 21st century

Left to right: Shushan Karapetian, Anna Ohanyan, Karena Avedissian, Babken Der-Grigorian, Salpi Ghazarian.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies Student Retreat is an opportunity for deep exploration of pressing social, political and cultural issues. Students from a cornucopia of disciplines are selected to participate in a weekend of questioning and critical thinking facilitated by leading scholars from disciplines ranging from international relations, political science, the humanities and arts.

Critical thinking is stimulated by using the Socratic method to induce questions. Students work collaboratively across disciplines to identify potential case studies for their own research or for future Institute programming.

The end result is an engaged cohort who are now networked beyond their social and university confines.