The Crisis in the Caucasus

By Aleksandr Gevorkian

NEW YORK, NY: On October 21, the Institute for International Communication in cooperation with The Center for Global Business Stewardship at St. John’s University hosted an academic-civic discussion roundtable entitled The Crisis in The Caucasus. The conversation specifically addressed the ongoing month-old war in the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) and the humanitarian crisis unravelling from those atrocities. Open to the public the virtual roundtable, moderated by Isabel Arustamyan (2nd year law student at St. John’s Law School), drew from the expertise of three invited panelists.

Dr. Artyom Tonoyan (Research Associate at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies) started the panel with providing a thorough historical overview of the current context and the plight of the Artsakh Armenians since the 1920s Soviet government’s decision to include the republic with its over 90% ethnic Armenian inhabitants as part of a newly formed republic of Azerbaijan. He emphasized that the details of that decision were still unclear to the historians, though speculations are abounding.

Answering a question on the religious component of the current war, the second panelist, Dr. Mark Movsesian (Frederick A. Whitney Professor & Co-Director, Center for Law & Religion, St. John’s Law School) stressed that while religion has played a role historically (Armenian church is one of the oldest in the world, adopting Christianity in 301AD several years before Rome’s conversion, while Azerbaijani are predominantly Muslim) and that there are attempts to present the current war from a religious perspective, there is much more at stake. Specifically, he emphasized the political element in the current war stemming from deep-rooted antagonisms, declining oil-based economy, and the threat of terrorist mercenaries employed by Azerbaijan as confirmed by the international media and the intelligence services of several governments (including France, Russia, and the U.S.).

Following up to the earlier points, Dr. Siobhan Nash-Marshall (Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy, Manhattanville College) addressed the patterns of continuity from the Armenian Genocide of 1915 up to this war. As a philosopher and genocide scholar, Dr. Nash-Marshall emphasized the parallels between the present war and events of the early twentieth century in the same region. She touched on grand imperial designs of the last century that seem to be motivating the current attack on the Armenian population in Artsakh. She expressed hope that an average person learning about the tragedy in Armenia will be motivated to join the humanitarian call to end the atrocities and resolve matters peacefully.

The event drew strong participation from St. John’s community and general public and concluded with an engaging questions and answers session.

ICSB Argentina: Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Small Business and Tango

IMG-2791This week, a team of St. John’s students is participating in the ICSB Academy Pitch Competition in Taiwan. As they compete and learn, we reflect back on how last year’s competition in Argentina affected students’ who went on this special trip. Helene Diyabanza Peterson, who recently graduated from the College of Professional Studies, as Master of Science in International Communication, looks back at her experience in Buenos Aires:

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Graduate Symposium: New Russia and the not so new propaganda

edited-0333The Institute for International Communication invited distinguished Soviet dissident and journalist, Prof. Leonid Goldin to speak at IICM on Monday April 9th. The purpose of the seminar, ostensibly about Russian propaganda, was to contextualize for students the methods and underlying models of power practiced by contemporary Russian media. Continue reading “Graduate Symposium: New Russia and the not so new propaganda”

Women Innovators are needed to foster sustainable development

dwedutvvoaaw4wcThe 62nd Commission on the Status of Women is meeting at the United Nations in New York from 12 to 23rd March. To honor the event, we are sharing some insights about women, development, and entrepreneurship, based on related events organized by UN Women, the Nordic Innovation House, Innovation Norway, and SAP. Continue reading “Women Innovators are needed to foster sustainable development”

Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment: How to communicate effectively in today’s information overflow

IMG_7554Friday, February 2, around 9:15 am: still feeling a little sleepy, I was looking out a glass wall over Manhattan, being illuminated by the morning sun from a seventeenth floor in a building next to Times Square. An inspiring and formative day was ahead of me – Kota Day 2018. Continue reading “Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment: How to communicate effectively in today’s information overflow”

Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation

SymposiumDec-10On December 13, 2017, graduate students of International Communication at St. John’s University presented a variety of innovative projects they developed throughout a class in Design Thinking at a Graduate Symposium. The event was organized and moderated by Dr. Minna Horowitz, who led the Design Thinking class during this fall semester.  Continue reading “Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation”

International Communication Student at Global Fusion 2016 Conference on Media and the Global City

 

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Mia is the one on the right in the first row. Photo by: Mia Ross

Mia Ross is a Master’s student at St. John’s International Communication program and especially interested in Humanitarianism, Education, and Art Activism. She attended the annual Global Fusion conference on global media and communication research, this year held at Temple University from October 21-23. Visit her blog and portfolio site. Continue reading “International Communication Student at Global Fusion 2016 Conference on Media and the Global City”

A Conversation About the Nordic Dream with Finnish-American Journalist Anu Partanen

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Photo by: Institute for International Communication

On 24 October 2016, the Institute for International Communication and Learning Communities hosted Anu Partanen, a Finnish-American journalist and author, giving insights to her book ‘The Nordic Theory of Everything – In Search of a Better Life’. Following, she discussed Nordic models of education, family and healthcare as well as questions from the audience with a panel of experts.

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Students discussing with Prime Minister of Kosovo

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Photo by: Consulate General of Kosovo in New York

 

On 22 September 2016, St. John’s students and faculty were honored to welcome Isa Mustafa, Prime Minister of Kosovo, for a speech and discussion on the economic, social and political development of the young Republic. More than 200 students coming from areas of study such as law, communications or economics, were attending this special event arranged by the Institute for International Communication. Continue reading “Students discussing with Prime Minister of Kosovo”

Insights from Ericsson into 5G and the Future of Work

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On 22 September 2016, Ulf Wahlberg gave a live video presentation from Sweden to St. John’s students on the upcoming 5G mobile standard and the consequences it will have for our future work. Wahlberg, Vice President of Industry and Research Relations within Group Function Technology at Ericsson in Stockholm, joined the company in 1984 and has ever since gained outstanding expertise in digital mobile systems development. The event was hosted by the Institute for International Communication and arose great interest of students and faculty as Wahlberg spoke to an audience of approximately 150 people gathered in D’Angelo Center on St. John’s University campus in Queens. Continue reading “Insights from Ericsson into 5G and the Future of Work”