Artsakh: Once There Was and Was Not

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St. Sahag Armenian Church

203 N Howell St
St. Paul, MN 55104

Join us for a keynote talk with Scout Tufankjian, part of the University of Minnesota workshop "Discrimination, Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh." Scout Tufankjian will speak about Artsakh and her people- before, during, and after the ethnic cleansing by the Azerbaijani government, and what is being done (and what still needs to be done) to support them, preserve their culture, and continue to fight for their rights.

6:00-6:30 PM   Reception of light snacks and beverages  
6:30-7:00 PM   Lecture  
7:00-7:30 PM   Audience Q&A 

Scout Tufankjian is an Armenian-American photographer based in New York City, best known for her work documenting both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns - including her 2008 NYT and LA Times bestselling book Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History-Making Presidential Campaign. Her second book, There is Only the Earth, was the culmination of six years documenting Armenian communities in over 20 different countries. More recently, she has served as a temporary acting director of Committee to Protect Journalists' Emergency Response Team and the Senior Afghanistan Consultant for Too Young to Wed. She has taught photography in Yerevan and Stepanakert, and continues to work as a freelance photographer and as a consultant for both RISC Training. She is currently working as the documentary photographer for One Nation/One Project, and on a new project with composer Mary Kouyoumdjian at the New York Philharmonic about the crisis in Artsakh. More of her work can be seen at

Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Presented with the Human Rights Center, Human Rights Program, History Department, Department of Political Science, Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).

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