AGBU Commemorates the 93rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide


Recently, AGBU has made available a selection of rare Armenian Genocide-era photographs from the world-renowned AGBU Nubarian Library of Paris on the organization’s newly launched flickr page (
Over time more and more images will be added to this accessible archive and we hope that everyone will feel welcome to tag, email, blog and comment on these priceless windows into our history.
Established by AGBU founder Boghos Nubar in 1928, the AGBU Nubarian Library has an extensive collection of 10,000 photographs, 1,000 periodicals from the 19th & 20th centuries, 40,000 books on Armenian history and over 500,000 documents that offer insight into the modern history of the Armenian people.
The library is open to international researchers and journalists interested in learning more about AGBU and Armenian history during the 20th Century.
It is an important resource that will ensure that we don’t forget.

Announcing the AGBU Summer Study in Armenia Program


AGBU is pleased to announce the new AGBU Summer Study in Armenia Program that will launch its first season this summer 2008.
In collaboration with the American University of Armenia (AUA), AGBU Summer Study is a unique four-week program that allows students to take up to two 4-credit courses at top universities in Armenia—credits are transferable to U.S. and other academic institutions.
Participants will also participate in a cultural enrichment program that will expose them to the wonders of Armenia and its people.
These courses, conducted in the English language, are designed to offer students an in-depth knowledge of topics in a variety of academic disciplines placed in a regional context to help participants gain a new perspective on Armenia.
Choose from courses in human rights, regime development, Armenian art, healthcare in transforming economies, web applications and more, all taught by distinguished AUA faculty.
This program is designed for students of Armenian descent eager to meet fellow Armenians from around the world and enrich their lives with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
For more information, email, or call us at +1.212.319.6383.
To download an application form, visit or click here.

AGBU E-Newsletter No.27


AGBU Silicon Valley Kids’ Club Goes Behind the Scenes at Pixar Studios

On February 29, 2008, the AGBU Silicon Valley Kids’ Club had the unique
opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the popular Pixar
animation studio. Well known for its hi-tech computer animation, Pixar
is famous for such hit movies as “Ratatouille,” “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s
Life,” “Monster, Inc.” and “The Incredibles.”
Longtime Pixar producer Katherine Sarafian led the tour and shared her
insight into the workings of one of the world’s leading animation
studios. Sarafian’s latest professional work includes the Academy
Award-nominated short film, “Lifted.” She also serves on the boards of
Lunafest, honoring women in film, and the San Francisco Armenian Film
Festival. A native of Oakland, California, Sarafian is closely tied to
the Armenian-American community and was an active member of AGBU Young
Professionals of Northern California for years.
While touring Pixar studios, the members of the Kids Club learned about
the sophistication of clay animation, the jargon associated with working
in the field, and the amount of time required to produce sophisticated
“Katherine explained that during an animation movie you have to create
every detail, every shadow, every character,” said 10-year-old Kids’
Club member Christina Cherekdjian. “It’s as if you have a blank sheet of
paper to draw on when you start.”
After learning about the various roles of script writers, directors,
producers, set designers and artists, the visitors were treated to the
screening of several Pixar movie clips.
Other recent activities of the Silicon Valley Kids’ Club, which was
established in May 2006, have included a tour of Stanford University
organized by the college’s Armenian Students Association (ASA),
interactive science experiments taught by scientist Anahit Yeramian, a
trip to the Marine Reserve and a visit to San Francisco’s Exploratorium
Museum of Science and Art. In October, the club also had a sleepover at
the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Participants highlighted feeding the sting
rays and sleeping next to the shark tanks as their best memories from
this unique “underwater” visit. Last December, the Silicon Valley Kids’
Club also had the unique opportunity to host their peers from Armenia’s
AGBU Nork Children’s Center, who came to perform in Northern California.
“The greatest thing about the AGBU Kids’ Club is that every time we
visit a new place, there is always someone Armenian working there and
helping us learn,” Cherekdjian says.
“Our focus all along has been to connect Armenian kids with each other
and with key Armenian-American professionals,” said Yervant Zorian, AGBU
Silicon Valley chairman. “Under the AGBU Kids’ Club umbrella, children
will flourish and form lifelong relationships, become knowledgeable
Armenians, and turn into good Armenian parents active in their
communities and valuable contributors to our nation.”
AGBU Silicon Valley Kids’ Club is dedicated to programs for
Armenian-American children between the ages of six and twelve. Its
mission is to connect youth to their heritage and culture through
enjoyable educational activities. Monthly gatherings include learning
games, field trips, and pen pal communication with children in Armenia.
The Kids Club’s next monthly meeting will be held on April 26 at St.
Andrew’s Church in Cupertino, California for a “Walk Through
20th-Century Armenian History.” For more information, email

AGBU Europe’s Astrid Alexanian-Papazian Honored by Austrian Government

Astrid_Alexanian_Papazian_01 On the evening of January 21, 2008, Thomas Nader, Austrian Ambassador to Egypt, organized a dinner-reception in his Cairo home, which served as the occasion to bestow upon Austria’s Consul General Astrid Alexanian-Papazian the “Gold Medal of Honor for Devotion and Services to the Republic of Austria.” Present were high-ranking guests, members of Alexanian-Papazian’s family and a host of close friends.

Ambassador Nader stated that the Alexanian family has represented Austria in a fitting manner and emphasized that all the ambassadors and their colleagues that have worked in Cairo have been greatly impressed with Astrid Alexanian-Papazian and the work she has done. He concluded his remarks, saying that having Alexanian-Papazian as Austria’s representative is an honor and that she is justly deserving of this medal. On behalf of Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors, ministers and provincial officials, the ambassador extended the warmest congratulations and wishes.

In response to the ambassador’s remarks, the lady of honor thanked everyone for their warm words of appreciation and kind statements.

Alexanian was nominated Honorary Consul of Austria in Alexandria in 1987 and Honorary Consul General in 2004, in charge of Austrian Commercial and Cultural Affairs. She is currently President of A. Alexanian Group of Companies in the tobacco industry and is a member of the board and shareholder of the Egyptian Textile Industries SAE. She has been a member of AGBU for the past 49 years, is president of the Armenian Cultural Center Dikran Yergat since 2004 and has been involved in various Armenian community services. Recently, she was named to the Board of Directors of AGBU Europe.

AGBU E-Newsletter No.26