Since its establishment in 2008, the Civilitas Foundation has combined the functions of a think tank – by conducting polling , research and analytical activities, as well as a civil society actor – by sharing the results of research and policy products through its media program (CivilNet), public forums and publications.
|Spotlight / Visits|
Civilitas is pleased to receive visitors all year. But summer is an especially busy time. This week, the parish of the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators (Framingham, Massachusetts) visited in large numbers. Led by Father Krikor Sabounjian, pastor, and Anthony Barsamian, an active parish member also involved in various private and public sector projects in Armenia the group of several dozen of all ages came to see what Civilitas does, hear about CivilNet.am and its special place in Armenia-Diaspora connections, and interacted with Civilitas's young, passionate, multilingual staff.
Civilitas Director Salpi Ghazarian, as well as editors Karen Harutyunyan and Maria Titizian also spoke to the group, and a lively conversation followed on various aspects of Armenia-Diaspora relations, Armenian identity issues, expectations and images of Armenia (by the Diaspora) and ways in which each visitor can get engaged.
Salpi Ghazarian described various Civilitas programs that invite Diaspora collaboration, and in particular, the support to the Armenian Dairy Industry which is implemented by securing donations and purchasing well-bred cows to 'sell' to Armenia's farmers (using the microfinance principles.) Farmers pay back 100 percent of their obligations and these donations are used again, to purchase new cows for other farmers.
More groups of visitors are expected and will be welcomed throughout the summer.
|Spotlight / Events|
Beginning at 1 pm and continuing until 9 pm, new films and old favorites will be screened, free of charge. The films include such new titles as I left my shoes in Istanbul as well as Barking Island. The full schedule of screenings at available here.
On April 24, beginning at noon Yerevan time (GMT +4) and continuing until 9 pm, CivilNet.am will broadcast interviews, reports, videos, from Yerevan and Istanbul.
The programming will include LIVE segments from Istanbul. At the beginning of the day, when there will be a gathering at HaydarPasa, the train station from which Armenian intellectuals were sent into the Turkish interior, on April 24. At the end of the day, just as North and South America are waking up, there will be a short memorial program in Istanbul's Taksim Square, commemorating the beginning of atrocities. The commemorations are organized by Turkish human rights organizations, and CivilNet will include interviews with them, LIVE.
CivilNet will also broadcast, of and on during the day, from Yerevan's Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Monument, where people will be visiting all day and placing a flower at the eternal flame.
Throughout the day, in-studio guests, and others by SKYPE will speak about the continuing consequences of the Genocide. A few of the guests include Nanor Kebranian, Columbia University Professor and author of the Introduction to the recently published first volume of Hagop Oshagan's Remnants, Zaven Sargsyan, Director of Yerevan's Parajanov Museum, and a photographer who regularly visits and documents Armenian monuments in Eastern Turkey, Nazan Maksudyan of Istanbul Kemerburgaz University speaks about children in the Ottoman Empire; Theodore Bogosian, an American filmmaker whose AN ARMENIAN JOURNEY was the first time the topic was shown on American broadcast television, 25 years ago; George Aghjayan who publishes baptism records from Gesaria (Kayseri) up to April 1915, when all records stop. These are just a few of the guests. There will be many others.
Young people from Armenia, involved in visits to Moush, where they searched for Armenians still living in the old Armenian city, will also share their experiences. Reports from Turkey include a visit to the building that used to be Krikor Zohrab's home, before he was taken away on April 24, an inside look at the HaydarPasa train station, and other stories.
CivilNet's LIVE programming will begin the evening of April 23, when an candlelight march begins in the city and concludes at the Genocide Memorial. [All LIVE programming remains on the CivilNet site and can be viewed on demand, after the event.]
CivilNet.TV is a program of the non-profit Civilitas Foundation, based in Yerevan. CivilNet is alternative media that practices advocacy journalism. In less than 30 months of broadcast, CivilNet has produced 7,000 videos which have received nearly 9 million views. CivilNet broadcasts in Armenian and English.