An international conference, dedicated to the 240th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence, was held in American University of Armenia
An international conference, dedicated to the 240th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence, was held in American University of Armenia on 26th October 2016. It was organized by “Armenian Association of World History” NGO, supported by YSU Department of World History, AUA College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the US Embassy in Armenia.
The conference was aimed at discussing the Declaration of Independence, its developments, interpretations, and influence in broad historical, juridical, political, theoretical, philosophical context from late 18th century to modern times.
Gagik Harutyunyan, President of the RA Constitutional Court, Rafik Mansour, Deputy Ambassador of the USA to Armenia, Armen Der Kiureghian, President of AUA, Thomas J. Samuelian, dean of AUA College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Albert Stepanyan, Head of YSU Department of World History, President of AAWH NGO, gave opening speeches.
The main speakers of the conference were Jack N. Rakove, Professor at Stanford University, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Robert J. Allison, professor of History at Suffolk University in Boston. Among the participants were Tigran Mkrchyan, the Ambassador of Armenia to Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia and Republic of Estonia, Prof. Mariam Margaryan, Head of the Chair of Political Governance and Political Analysis at RA Public Administration Academy, Arpi Balyan, Karen Gasparyan, professors of AUA and YSU, young researchers of YSU and AUA, overall 11 speakers. In their speeches, the participants touched such problems as the influence of the Enlightenment on the Declaration, the circumstances of its creation, drew parallels with the Declarations of Independence of RA and NKR, the Greco-Roman civilizational practice.
The conference was attended by students and professors of Yerevan State University and the American University of Armenia, who also took part in the discussion of the theses.