Identity and Values

Identity and Values

The program is about worldview issues. The main topics include personal and collective identity, epistemology, and axiology. The purpose of the program is to promote conceptual thinking, shape community-building culture, and spread the dialogue about values in Armenia and the Diaspora.

 

Homo Laborans An Analysis of the Meaning of Work
09/07/2024

Homo Laborans An Analysis of the Meaning of Work

The notions about the essence of work in the article “Homo Laborans” by American psychologist Albert Thompson. Work and rest. Religious and philosophical perceptions of work. Incentives to love or hate the work, to be motivated and be disinclinated. The role of professionalism and social status in getting job satisfaction. Prognoses of job prospects.

  • Speaker: Anush Manucharyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

Identity and Values
Documentation of Identity
02/07/2024

Documentation of Identity

Crystallization of identity through the documentary film genre. Methods of brief and symbolic representation of national identity in a film. The urgent need for documentation of historical and cultural heritage in the Republic of Armenia and neighboring countries. The documentary film as an ambassador of Armenia on international platforms.

  • Speaker: Nare Tadevosyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Social Support
25/06/2024

Social Support

The aspect of social support that is related to human identity and values. The social service worker as an immune cell of a society. Overcoming the fatigue, despair and  difficult psychological experiences in social work. Beneficiaries of social service and its partner structures. Types of support. The borrowing of the essential principles of social service from the early Church.

  • Speaker: Ogita Ghukasyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Armenian Highland
18/06/2024

Armenian Highland

The geographic boundaries of national identity. The infiniteness of the spiritual connection with historical homeland. Symbolism of Mount Ararat. The deep study of certain provinces of historical Armenia. The nature and historical-cultural monuments of the Armenian Highland. Knowledge of homeland in the RA and beyond its borders.

  • Speaker: Gevorg Petrosyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Virtual reality
11/06/2024

Virtual reality

Social network as an arena for expression and realization of identity. Real and virtual egos. Satisfaction of psychological needs in virtual reality. Influence of virtual communication means on personal features. Violation of public and private spaces. Impact of information flows on human consciousness and emotions.

  • Speaker: Anna Arakelyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Formation of National Perceptions
04/06/2024

Formation of National Perceptions

Formation of national perceptions in education system, family, and society. The influence of networked environment and globalism on national consciousness. Distortion and exaggeration of national perceptions. Nationalistic pathos and empty patriotism. The necessity to form civic consciousness and objective perception of history lessons. The voice of national consciousness in the hearts of the young generation.

  • Speaker: Mehri Ghazaryan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Features of Armenian Identity
28/05/2024

Features of Armenian Identity

The main characteristics of Armenian identity as reflected in the essay “The Armenian” by Derenik Demirchyan: David of Sassoun; Christian identity; absence of state mentality; national complexes. Gevorg Emin’s “Astonishing Armenian.” Mixing up the historical and real homelands. The problem of the knowledge of homeland in the poem “The Armenian and Armenians” by Rafayel Patkanyan.

  • Speaker: Artur Atanesyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Youth Participation in Public Life
21/05/2024

Youth Participation in Public Life

Roger Hart’s Ladder of Participation. Fallacious manifestations of depriving the youth of their own voice and initiative: manipulation, decoration, tokenism. Essential provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and their implementation in Armenia. Manifestations of parental and educational despotism; factors that affect adolescents’ activity. Youth involvement in public life through volunteering, youth NGOs, and non-formal education.

  • Speaker: Marine Mkhitaryan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Dream
14/05/2024

Dream

The dreams, visions and traditions that lead nations and define their identity. The vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator. Charents and Teryan’s dream of the Country of Nayiri. Henry David Thoreau: “There are whole nations ... without fancy or imagination.” Plato’s dream of a country ruled by philosophers. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech that reflects the vision of the just society.

  • Speaker: Arpine Melkumyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Vision of the future
07/05/2024

Vision of the future

Uncoordinated nature of culture and civilization. Constantly recurring cycles of the history of Armenians. Generation of the future from the perception of the past and present. The vision of the society and authorities about the nation and state. The past, present and future identity issues of Armenian people. The future educational and social tactics.

  • Speaker: Marina Mkhitaryan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Love and Identity
30/04/2024

Love and Identity

Philosophical and religious perceptions of love. Completion of human identity through love, and unification with God. Love as a “holy foolishness” and an “active human power.” Building of a society on the basis of brotherly love. Selfless and sacrificial love. Christianity as a belief system entirely built on love.

  • Speaker: Arman Gharagulyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Essentials of Society
23/04/2024

Essentials of Society

The three central ideas in Aristotle’s “Economics”: family, economy and society. Significance of family in Armenian mentality and the modern transformative processes in family. Economic skills and financial literacy. Necessary human qualities for building a healthy society.

  • Speaker: Artur Atanesyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Identity and Confession
16/04/2024

Identity and Confession

The example of the culture as well as the national and religious self-perception of Sassoun’s converted non-Christian and Arabic-speaking Christian Armenians. The Christian faith and Armenian language as pillars of Armenian identity. The “Arabic” identity invented for the purpose of survival. The strong community ties and isolated life of Sassoun Armenians in Turkey.

  • Speaker: Sofia Hakobyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
The Fighting Spirit of the Armenian Army
09/04/2024

The Fighting Spirit of the Armenian Army

The psychological preparation of servicemen in conditions of modern weapons and combat strategies. Formation of a fighting spirit and building an army. Leadership in armed forces. Interrelationship between the fighting spirit of soldiers and the state of society. National factors strengthening the fighting spirit of the Armenian army.

  • Speaker: Svetlana Baghdasaryan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Ecology
02/04/2024

Ecology

Is nature human-centered? The human being as the crown, protector, and cultivator of creation. The problem of society’s poor ecological awareness; the necessity of changes related to the system of values. Eco-educational programs. The young generation as a locomotive of global ecological movement. The network of NABU Armenia’s volunteers and ambassadors.

  • Speaker: Lusine Aghajanyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Folk Rituals of Holy Week
26/03/2024

Folk Rituals of Holy Week

Holy Week as the climax and finale of the Great Lent. Relationship between ecclesiastical and folk rituals. Folk celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter. The communal and family nature of the folk rituals in patriarchal lifestyle.

  • Speaker: Hasmik Baghramyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan

 

Identity and Values
Popularization of Culture
19/03/2024

Popularization of Culture

The Mshakutamet youth initiative and propagation of culture in marzes. Strengthening of the cultural borders of Armenia as a goal. The untiring “cultivator” of culture. The significance of the notion of “for the sake of something” in culture and in education system. "To make a gift of culture is to make a gift of thirst" (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “Citadelle”).

  • Speaker: Jemma Manukyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Loss of Identity
12/03/2024

Loss of Identity

Loss of identity in the example of the Turkification of Armenian children in the years of the Armenian Genocide. The methods of shaping a “new human” that were employed in Turkish orphanages and adopted by the Nazi Germany. The silent struggle of Armenian orphans to preserve their identity. Hamshen Armenians’ partition into three groups with different perception of identity.

  • Speaker: Shushan Khachatryan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
Needs
05/03/2024

Needs

How and at what age human needs are shaped. Sheler’s hierarchy of values and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Essential needs and their management through a system of values. Satisfaction of growth needs. Dignifying the needs at individual and public levels.

  • Speaker: Anna Arakelyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values
National education system
27/02/2024

National education system

Historical outline of Armenian education system; post-Soviet developments. Creation of an independent education system with the help of international education experience. Development of viable education models, and consistent realization of prospective plans. The value-based component of general education. What independent schools can offer to the state education system as an alternative.

  • Speaker: Davit Sahakyan
  • Host: Deacon Vardan Aslanyan
Identity and Values