The Aurora prize

Sesede Terziyan

“It might not be a coincidence that I carry the name Sesede,” she says with a sparkle in her eyes. “It’s such a perfect fit to describe my journey through life. After all, Sesede means ‘raise your voice’ in Turkish.”
The life story of Aram Terziyan told by his granddaughter Sesede
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Dikran Altun

After Armenia regained independence in 1991, the new state had no diplomatic relations and no political or economic ties with Turkey. The only direct connection between the two countries was by air. The man behind that route was Dikran Altun, a Turkish Armenian businessman. For Altun, who was born in Erzurum, lived in Istanbul and studied at the finest institutions of the Armenian diaspora, it hasn’t always been easy to identify with his heritage. Yet Armenia has always been his source of inspiration.
Turkish businessman and mastermind of the only open gate between Armenia and Turkey
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Viro Arnold

Viro Arnold (born Virab Khatschatrian) is one of Germany’s most popular portrait painters. His work has introduced him to some of the biggest stars of sport, music and TV. His subjects include musicians such as Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, footballers Mario Gomez and Roberto Hilbert, boxing champs Arthur Abraham and Regina Halmich, as well as renowned German TV presenter Stefan Raab and former President of Germany Johannes Rau.
“It’s the little successes that make the big one”
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A NEW GLOBAL APPROACH

Noubar Afeyan, the Co-Founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, presented the concept of "Global Armenians" at the 3 day events dedicated to the 110th Anniversary of the Armenian General Benevolent Union in New York. The presentation was made on October 28, during the panel “Becoming Global Armenians: The Way Forward.” Mr.

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The Future for All Armenians Is Now

Historic Opportunity for Armenians to Unite and Together Enable Armenia’s Future

This weekend, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the U.S. and the world’s largest Armenian organization, celebrates its 110th anniversary in New York City. Underscoring this milestone is the extraordinary opportunity to reshape the future of Armenia, and to reflect on how every one of us can contribute toward a stronger Armenia tomorrow.

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Vartan Melkonian

Abbey Road studios in central London has seen concerts and recordings aplenty since it was immortalized by The Beatles in 1969. But there has never been anything quite like the event that took place in April 2014.
The refugee who became the great conductor
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Dalita Iskenderian Alex

“I married both the man and the pearls,” says Dalita Alex (née Dalita Vartanian) in her charming, half-joking way. Born in 1949, this warm, vibrant and accomplished woman has lived on several continents, finally settling in Switzerland. There, with her husband John Iskenderian Alex, she helped create a successful pearl cultivation business. She has since authored four books and has also started organizing annual exhibitions of her jewelry.
Owner of Best Pearl, Switzerland: “I’m Armenian with every fiber of my being”
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Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana

Arturo Sarukhan is a Washington, DC-based strategic consultant with a 22-year-long diplomatic career in the Mexican Foreign Service. Between 2007 and 2013, Sarukhan served as Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, leading one of the most important embassies in Washington and representing over 100 million residents of Mexico as well as the 35-million strong Mexican-American Diaspora.
Mexico’s former Ambassador to United States: “My ancestors’ experience guides me as a diplomat”
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"Armenia sings on in our hearts"

"Armenia sings on in our hearts" takes you on a journey through the diversity of the diasporas of Argentina, Brazil, the United States and France as it explores the history of Armenians fleeing the genocide in the early twentieth century in search of a new home. It is a cultural journey that invites us to engage with an ancient civilization through stories, interviews, dance and music.

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Lessons from the past

By Rouben Indjikian, Professor at Webster University Geneva
 

On September 25, 2013 the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia marked the 100th anniversary of its founder Hovhannes Indjikian, a well-known historian. Why should a former colleague who passed away in 1990 be still so honored? Above all because of the heritage of scientific and exemplary human and patriotic values and acts, which he bequeathed to his younger colleagues and all of us.

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Plight of the Yazidis

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has designated December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The UN adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on December 9, 1948. Today, 100 years after the Armenian Genocide and 67 years after the convention was passed, a full-scale Genocide is underway on territories occupied by ISIS.
  
By Irina Lamp
 
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AURORA PRIZE

“It’s time to show the power of what we feel.”