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Gathering of Minds

Saturday, June 11, 2022 · Pasadena, California

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This June, Huys Foundation cordially invites you to the inaugural Huys Gathering of Minds event, which brings together intellectuals and professionals under one roof to ask and talk about the important questions on Armenia and Armenians in a fast-changing, interconnected World.

Huys Gathering of Minds is born out of a need to bolster reasoned, learned, and vision-based thinking on the future of Armenia and Armenians and their role and relations with Humanity and the World. The ultimate goal of this annual event is not only to deliberate, but to funnel such deliberations into impact by forging connections and inspiring action.

The formal program will be followed by networking which will allow like-minded peers to break out into separate conversations based on mutual interests, aimed at seeing the birth of new initiatives for Armenia, the Armenian nation, and Humanity.

Attendees will be treated to a buffet-style dinner and open bar. All funds raised for the event will be dedicated to the Huys Scholarship program.


Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of North America.
Senator Anthony Portantino, California State Senate 25th district
Dr. Shushan Karapetian, Deputy Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.
Dr. Keith Watenpaugh, Professor and Director, Human Rights Studies, UC Davis.
Dr. Sona Tajiryan, postdoctoral researcher at the Gemological Institute of America.
Prof. Areg Danagoulian, Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT.
Tigran Shahverdyan, Active Member, Gituzh Initiative, Co-founder and CTO, Robomart
Larisa Hovannisian, Founder and CEO, Teach For Armenia.
Narek Van Ashughatoyan, lawyer, co-founder of Era 405.


An auditorium with a screen bearing the Huys Gathering of Minds logo, with rows of armchairs and sofas in front of the screen.
An auditorium with rows of armchairs and sofas.
An entertainment room with colorful armchairs and sofas and modern furniture
An entertainment room with colorful armchairs and sofas and modern furniture

Please note that in order to keep the Huys Gathering of Minds personal, the event will have a limited number of attendees. If you are a current student under the age of 25, please contact us at for a 50% discount code (limited to 10 students, on a “first come, first served” basis).

Gathering of Minds

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Doors open at 4:00pm
Pasadena, California (address provided upon registration)