A Conversation on Armenia

06/06/2024 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM MT


Buell Public Media Center
2101 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205


Join WorldDenver for a panel conversation featuring Simon Maghakyan, Barbara Coloroso, and Lilit Arzoyan to explore the current challenges facing Armenia and the Armenian diaspora following the forced displacement campaign executed by Azerbaijan in a dramatic escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that has endured since the late 1980s.

Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Location: Buell Public Media Center (2101 Arapahoe St.)

Event Agenda:
5:45 p.m. | Doors open
6:00 p.m. | Registration, networking, & hors d'oeuvres
6:30 p.m. | Speaker program followed by audience Q&A

7:45 p.m. | Evening concludes

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$35 for Future Members
$20 for WorldDenver Members
$10 for Young Professional Members


About Our Speakers

Simon Maghakyan
Scholar and Founder, Heritage Intel

Simon Maghakyan is a Denver-based academic and advocate, whom The Los Angeles Times has called “relentless,” and whose investigative research has been praised as “groundbreaking” by Forbes and “rock solid” by The Guardian. He is a Community Scholar at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies, a Visiting Scholar at Tufts University, the incoming Kazan Visiting Professor at California State University, Fresno, and an incoming non-resident Postdoctoral Fellow with the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford.  Maghakyan’s pioneering investigative exposés of Azerbaijan’s ongoing erasure of Armenian religious heritage have been cited at the International Court of Justice and by the U.S. State Department, among other global bodies. In addition to academia and journalism, Maghakyan has practical experiences in non-partisan legislative service, community organizing, human rights advocacy, and executive leadership. His local community accomplishments include the spearheading of the Colorado State Capitol khachkar monument, which memorializes the victims of all crimes against humanity, and the Sardarapat Armenian Memorial Highway in Centennial, as well as co-initiating Colorado’s Holocaust and Genocide Education Law. Maghakyan’s written and spoken insights have appeared in numerous media outlets, including the BBC, The Denver Post, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He and his wife Angela have one child — Jacob — who turns four years old next Tuesday.

Barbara Coloroso
Author "Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide…and Why it Matters"

Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 54 years an internationally recognized educator, speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution, restorative justice, and genocide.  

She has appeared on CBC, BBC, Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications. 

Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda,  mother of three grown children, and grandmother to three grandchildren.

She is the author of four international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis—Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander—From Preschool Through High School and Beyond, Breaking the Cycle of Violence and Creating More Deeply caring Communities; and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right—From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically. Barbara’s latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide…and Why it Matters. She also has two critically acclaimed video programs Winning at Parenting...without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching...without beating your kids; an ASCD publication : Addressing and Preventing Bullying.

Lilit Arzoyan
International Development Consultant and Visiting Fellow, Eurasian Professional Fellows Program

Lilit Arzoyan is a Product Owner at the Information Systems Agency of Armenia, where she focuses on facilitating the creation of human-centered solutions for government entities, digital agencies, and IT companies. Additionally, Ms. Arzoyan works as a Development Consultant, collaborating with diverse non-profit organizations to establish robust policies and procedures that generate significant positive changes in the communities and sectors they serve. With ten years of experience as a Project/Program Manager at Eurasia Partnership Foundation, as well as engagements with numerous other organizations, Ms. Arzoyan’s professional background is evidence of her commitment to international  development. 

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