MIT Armenian Society Pays Tribute to Komitas, Tumanyan and Rusinian


CAMBRIDGE, Ma. — The MIT Armenian Society is organizing an evening to celebrate the 150th birth anniversaries of Komitas, one of the forefathers of Armenian classical music, and Hovhannes Tumanyan, a poet and leading political activist who coordinated relief efforts for victims of the Armenian Genocide, along with the 200th anniversary of Nahapet Rusinian, a writer whose work was instrumental in developing the Western branch of the Armenian language. Join MIT Armenian Society in honoring the memory of these great individuals with song and dance performances from Siranush Babakhanova, Mary Galstian and Izabell and Natalie Tenekedzhyan.

This year marks yet another anniversary: one year ago, peaceful protests in Armenia brought a new democratic government to power. Now the administration promises an economic miracle driven by reforms in science and education. At the panel discussion, two Armenian professors at MIT, Daron Acemoglu and Areg Danagoulian, will provide their perspectives on the topic “From Inclusive Politics to a Technologically Advanced Economy: Armenia’s Way Forward.”

The program will take place on May 16 at 6 p.m., at 31 Ames St. in Cambridge. A light dinner will be served to guests approximately 10 minutes before the start.

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