Conversations At The American Corner



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  • Incentivize Creativity! Protect IP Rights!

    Incentivize Creativity! Protect IP Rights!

    26/04/2019 Duración: 25min

    On World Intellectual Property Day, the U.S. Embassy’s Ben Burnes hosts the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights Center of Armenia Sarkis Knyazyan for an enlightening discussion about why intellectual property matters in Armenia!

  • Chill out, girl!

    Chill out, girl!

    15/02/2019 Duración: 33min

    Learn a little bit about Black History Month, and a lot about our Cultural Affairs Officer, Erica King!  Journalist Nora Hayrapetyan interviews Erica about her life and career, and Erica talks about some of the strong leaders she looks up to! (Spoiler alert: she once went to a basketball game with former Secretary of State … Continue reading "Chill out, girl!"

  • Don’t lie to the people

    Don’t lie to the people

    25/06/2018 Duración: 53min

    Focusing on fact checking, Embassy Political Officer Mary Alexander talks to Aren Melikyan from, talk about how today’s media landscape allows anyone to publish “news” to push forward their agenda. Fact checking takes time and resources, so Melikyan said it can be easy for fake or wrong news to spread easily. That is why, … Continue reading "Don’t lie to the people"

  • Be suspicious all the time

    Be suspicious all the time

    14/06/2018 Duración: 44min

    In this episode, Lyla Andrews Bashan, USAID Armenia’s Technical Office Director, spoke with Lusine Grigoryan, literacy media specialist at the Media Initiatives Center, about media literacy. Media literacy includes the ability to analyze and compare information, to speak up or share about information, and to be a critical and engaged media consumer. It is important, … Continue reading "Be suspicious all the time"

  • Love, respect, equality

    Love, respect, equality

    01/06/2018 Duración: 35min

    In our latest podcast, recorded on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Embassy Human Rights Officer Somer Bessire-Briers talks with Arman, a human rights defender working with the New Generation NGO. Listen to Arman’s story about growing up gay in Armenia and the work being done by him and others … Continue reading "Love, respect, equality"

  • Window 4

    Window 4

    27/03/2018 Duración: 22min

    In our last podcast in a series focused on women’s leadership, we talk to Ambassador Rick Mills and his wife Leigh Carter, a retired U.S. diplomat. They share the story of how they met doing visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and talk about how society has changed for female diplomats over the … Continue reading "Window 4"

  • Giving life to books

    Giving life to books

    20/03/2018 Duración: 43min

    Sabet Hovhannisyan, director of Arevik Publishing House, and Alvard Jivanyan, children’s literature editor at Zangak Publishers, talk about the process of giving books life by publishing them. Along the way, they discuss the role of women in business, the priorities women should place on their career, and the influence books can have on children.

  • Follow your heart

    Follow your heart

    13/03/2018 Duración: 46min

    It’s not easy to take a leap of faith and follow your passion, but in our latest edition of the “Conversations at the American Corner” podcast series we talk to two women who did just that. As we focus in March on Women’s Leadership, we talk with book translator Nune Torosyan and Arevik Ashkharoyan, founder … Continue reading "Follow your heart"

  • A realistic look at the challenges

    A realistic look at the challenges

    02/03/2018 Duración: 41min

    We discuss the Trump Administration’s recently-released National Security Strategy (NSS) with Matt Eussen, head of the Embassy’s Political and Economics section. The NSS is a Congressionally-required Executive Branch document that outlines the President’s vision for America’s national security strategy. In the podcast we talk about what is in President Trump’s NSS, how it differs from … Continue reading "A realistic look at the challenges"

  • EMEDS team talk cooperation, international and domestic, with ODC

    EMEDS team talk cooperation, international and domestic, with ODC

    18/10/2017 Duración: 19min

    To highlight Armenia’s military cooperation with the United States, we talk with Lieutenant Colonel Garnik Varosyan and Sergeant Aram Simonyan about Armenia’s Role II EMEDS unit. They speak about the history of their unit and the close cooperation with the United States’ Office of Defense Cooperation in the training and equipping of this unique capability. … Continue reading "EMEDS team talk cooperation, international and domestic, with ODC"