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The WORCESTER IS AMERICA! Exhibit is a history of Armenian immigration to America with the focus on the City of Worcester. The M.C is Hovig Charchafalian, the guests are Peter Wayne Nalbandian and Harry Manoogian, both members of the Knights Of Vartan, the sponsor of the WORCESTER IS AMERICA! Exhibit at the Worcester Public Library for the month of April. The exhibit and two Special Events are the subjects of the interview. The first Special Event is Tuesday, April 4, 6:00PM, in the Saxe Room featuring a City Proclamation from Mayor Petty, State Citations presented by Representative David K. Muradian Jr., presentation of books and videos on Armenian history and culture to Head Librarian Geoffrey Dickinson for the library's Knights Of Vartan Collection, and a lecture by Peter Wayne Nalbandian, "The Right To Be Americans: The Case of United States vs Cartozian." The second Special Event is on Sunday, April 9, 3:00PM in the Saxe Room featuring two videos: The History of the Apkarian Family of Worcester and a lecture by the late Dr. H. Martin Deranian on the Armenian Orphan Rug which was given to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 in appreciation for the aid and support given by the United States to the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
On March 7, 2017, the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, with keynote speaker, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, celebrated an International Women’s Day event at the YWCA building at 1 Salem Square. International Women’s Day is a worldwide event celebrating the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. In addition to Healey’s speech, WCCA TV volunteer Cynthia LaPan interviewed the Attorney General as well as the following organizers or participants: Joyce McNickles, Social Justice and Diversity Educator; Maritza Cruz, Director of Racial & Gender Equity at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts; Debbie Hall, YWCA Board Member; Nerissa Harper-Ketter, YWCA Board Member; Chris Robarge, Central Massachusetts Field Coordinator of the ACLU; and Rosemary Naughton, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Worcester State University.
The following presentation is a recording of a presentation given by Asima Silva on February 4th, 2017 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Asima Silva is an American Muslim who is a member of the School Committee for the Wachussett Regional School District and works for IBM as a software engineer holding the title of Master Inventor. She co-founded EnjoinGood.org to follow her passion of Outreach and Interfaith activites
With local religious institutions to build bridges of understanding and appreciation between communities of faith. More recently, she was, also, appointed as VP of Communications for the national organization, American Muslim Democrat Caucus.
Her presentation is both a personal account of growing up Muslim in Massachusetts as well as a representation of Muslim’s experiences in the United States of America. She offers a valuable perspective on the social, political, economic, and cultural life of Muslims in the U.S. as well as
context for the current immigration issues surrounding the recent Presidential Executive Orders.
his program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.