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As higher education is increasingly regarded the pathway to the forefront of one’s chosen field, AGBU Hye Geen and Young Circle, in partnership with Woodbury Student Association, have organized an International Conference on the theme of Armenian Youth and Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities.
The speakers are known for their academic leadership experience and have distinguished themselves in the realm of higher education. We are proud to announce that the keynote speaker, Dr. Mary A. Papazian, currently President of Southern Connecticut State University, has just been appointed to head San Jose State University.

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AGBU Hye Geen Hosts Lecture with Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch

On May 19, 2015, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Hye Geen held a lecture at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School in Pasadena, California, with Sarah Leah Whitson. Whitson is the executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization committed to human rights advocacy and research.
The lecture focused on an overview of human rights issues in the Middle East. Whitson, an attorney, has worked in her role since 2004 and has written extensively on conflict zones and violations of international humanitarian law.

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Sona Yacoubian

“As founder of Hye Geen, I have had the chance to think hard about the difficulties of being a woman, the challenges that young women face today as professionals, as spouses and as mothers. I believe AGBU gave us the opportunity to come together, empower each other to endure and continue our struggle to achieve our individual goals as well as be the bearers of our national identity.”Sona Yacoubian likes to joke that she was born into AGBU. Daughter of an AGBU School principal, secretary of her AGBU Alumni Association and founder of AGBU Hye Geen, Sona has spent over 20 years working to preserve and honor the achievements of Armenian women through AGBU.

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November 20 Event – Launching of the Two Recently Published Books by the AGBU Hye Geen

Under the auspices of AGBU Arts and Cultural Committee, AGBU Hye Geen will launch two important books. One is devoted to Hye Geen’s 20 years of community service which include the creation of AGBU Hye Geen Young Circle, the publication of a magazine, the initiation of a TV program about issues of public concern and the Armenian heritage, the formation of a coalition with the participation of 13 women’s organizations, as well as the establishment of five Pregnant Women’s Centers in Armenia.

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AGBU Hye Geen Initiates the Armenian Women’s Coalition of Los Angeles (AWC-LA)

Thirteen women’s organizations join forces to pay homage to the survivors of the Armenian Genocide With the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide quickly approaching, Armenian organizations around the world are planning tribute events to honor their ancestors.

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AGBU Hye Geen Publishes Her Accomplishments

The Armenian women’s movement started around the 1860ies in Istanbul when educated women in Europe demanded equality and freedom through their novels. The first such novel was Serpouhi Dusapp’s “Maida”.

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Award Winning Survey of Armenian Women

Ms. Sona Zeitlian has published a book which provides a comprehensive study of Armenian women from earliest to modern times, entitled “On the Trail of Armenian Women’s History” (in Armenian).To purchase a book, please contact the author,Ms. Sona Zeitlian.

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AGBU Hye Geen Holds Ninth Annual Young Circle Conference

The relationship between athletics and international affairs was the theme of this year’s AGBU Hye Geen Young Circle conference, which brought together a panel of experts to discuss the sports industry, culture and the Armenian diaspora. The ninth annual event, “Sports: Shaping a Nation: An Arena for Diplomacy, Business and Identity,” drew over 130 guests to Woodbury University in Burbank, California…

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US Ambassador and Mrs. Heffern visit AGBU Hye Geen Pregnant Women’s Center in Talin

On Saturday, May 18, US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, his wife Mrs. Libby Heffern, Former Chairman of the AGBU Western District Committee of California Haig Messerlian and AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian visited the AGBU Hye Geen Pregnant Women’s Center in Talin…

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AGBU Hye Geen Unveils New Pregnant Women’s Center in Yerevan

New and expectant mothers seeking free, high-quality pre- and post-natal care in Yerevan may now access a full range of services at AGBU Hye Geen’s brand new Arshagouhi Tavitian Pregnant Women’s Center…

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Latest Hye Geen Lecture Draws Full-Capacity Crowd to AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center in Pasadena

Throughout the year, AGBU Hye Geen’s lecture series presents audiences from across Southern California with renowned scholars and visionary leaders who spark dialogues on everything from art to politics…

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Recognizing Excellence: AGBU Honors Distinguished leaders & Volunteers

For over a century, AGBU has enjoyed the support of tens of thousands of members and volunteers in carrying out its mission. Eight members of the Union, along with three individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to Armenia, were honored during AGBU’s 87th General Assembly…

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