Upcoming Lectures/Presentations

A Tribute to Those Who Perished, Gyumri:
30 Years of Challenges and Recovery

By Gegham Mughnetsyan

Cultural Program
Nune Avetisyan: Poetry Recital
Jora Manoucherian: Piano

Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 7:30PM

In the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall of the Merdinian School:
13330 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Direction: Exit Woodman on 101 FWY; go North 1 block, turn Right on Riverside Dr.


30 years ago, on December 7, 1988, Gyumri, as well as the whole northern region of Armenia, were struck by a powerful earthquake, leaving behind 25,000 dead and thousands disabled and homeless, thus paralyzing the region. During the past three decades the recovery effort has been very slow. The whole area and, especially Gyumri are still bearing the scars of the quake. Several issues, right at the onset, the immediate aftermath and even decades following the quake, have created serious challenges for recovery. The larger geopolitical shifts, on the other hand, complicated the process further and created a juggernaut in need of serious strategic approaches. The presentation will shed light on some of the past, present, and ongoing challenges and how these challenges make it harder to smooth out the catastrophic effects of the tremors, and their detrimental impact on the course of life in the city, the region, and the whole country.

Gegham Mughnetsyan was born in Gyumri in the aftermath of the earthquake and some years later, his family immigrated to the United States while he was still in his teens. Gegham is a researcher at the University of Southern California Institute of Armenian Studies. His primary interest includes post-Genocide Armenian Diaspora, present-day Republic of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Mughnetsyan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies, with a focus on US foreign policy toward Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), and his Master’s Degree from the American University in Washington DC in International Affairs, focusing on global governance, politics and security.

Disclaimer: The Merdinian School is not the sponsor of this event and any opinions expressed during the event are not those of the School.