ZomTalks is a series of small lectures that take place once every few weeks, featuring individuals of diverse backgrounds and disciplines who share, in 15 – 20 minutes insight and knowledge from their area of expertise with our community.

ZomTalks aims to discuss ideas that inspire, inform and empower. It started in 2016, as a project led by a group of university students who are part of the Zavarian Student Association.

So far, several ZomTalks events were held at different locations, discussing and sharing various topics by internationally and locally well-recognized public figures, as well as some of our students.

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Notable Events

The Twilight of Capitalism – by the radio broadcaster and writer, David Barsamian
Recovering from Amnesia – by the artist, sculpture and comedian, Vahe Berberian
Journalism in Turkey Post-2016 Coup Attempt – by the journalist, Serdar Korucu
Reflections on the Life of a Humanitarian Worker – by the humanitarian worker, Roupen Alexandrian
The Power of Images – by the Media Studies instructor, Sarah Mallat
The Consciousness is the Screen: the Inward Cinema – by one of the ZSA members, Hrayr Kalemkerian
Our Half-Finished Song – by the actor, scriptwriter and parodist, Vartan Bedrossian
Photography and Public Art – by the photographer and installation artist, Ara Oshagan
Education in Armenia – by the director of the “Teach for Armenia” program, Tenny Avakian
Modernity, Politics and Art – by the professor of International Relations, Dr. Khatchig Der Ghougassian
Zartonk: Reinterpreting Armenian Folk Music in a Global World – by Zulal, an Armenian a cappella trio

Zavarian Student Association of ARF was founded in 1904 in Beirut, Lebanon. Simon Zavarian along with eight Armenian scholars established a student association in the American University of Beirut.

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