NAASR Assembly to Feature Talk by Amb. Shougarian

NAASR Assembly to Feature Talk by Amb. Shougarian

The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research will hold its 62nd Annual Assembly of Members on Saturday, May 14, at the NAASR Headquarters, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, Mass. The Assembly will be convened at noon and lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m.

Amb. Rouben Shougarian, Armenia’s first ambassador to the United States and lecturer at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. (Photo: Kenneth Martin)

After the luncheon, the featured speaker at the Assembly will be Rouben Shougarian of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Armenia’s first Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Shougarian will give a talk entitled “Building a New Generation of Armenian Leaders: The Tavitian Scholarship Program at the Fletcher School.” Current Tavitian Scholars as well as alumni in the Boston area will be present as NAASR’s guests for the luncheon and lecture.

“We’re honored to have Amb. Shougarian with us to talk about developing new leaders for Armenia through the Tavitian Scholars at Tufts’ Fletcher School,” said NAASR Executive Director Sarah Ignatius.

Rouben Shougarian served as Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister (1999-2005), Ambassador to Italy, Spain and Portugal (2005-2008), and Armenia’s first Ambassador to the United States (1993-1999). He also served as a senior staffer for the Armenian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs (1991), and a senior foreign policy aide and spokesperson for President Ter-Petrossian (1992). He teaches conflict and area studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Reports on NAASR Programs and Goals

Following the luncheon and lecture, those attending the 62nd Assembly of Members will be informed about NAASR’s ongoing efforts to further Armenian studies, research, and publication. Reports will be presented by the Board of Directors on organizational, informational, academic, and financial matters; and the election of Directors will be held. In addition, there will be reports by the Assembly’s special committees on Nominations, Constitution and Rules, New Business and Resolutions, and Auditing.

The Assembly will be chaired by NAASR Board Chairman Raffi P. Yeghiayan of Lexington, Mass., and Stepan Piligian of Westford, Mass., will serve as Secretary of the Assembly.

The Assembly sessions are open to all NAASR members in good standing (with dues paid for the current calendar year), who “have the right to attend, be heard, and vote.”

NAASR welcomes non-members to attend the luncheon and subsequent program. However, luncheon reservations should be made by May 9 at $15 per person by calling 617-489-1610, by fax at (617) 484-1759, or e-mail to There is ample parking available around the NAASR Center and in adjoining areas.


Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West