Where the World Comes to Windham County

Coming on September 14, 2018:
A Talk by Nelli Sargsyan
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Marboro College
Centre Congregational Church
193 Main St. Brattleboro, VT

Free and Open to the Public
Coffee/Tea/Conversation at 7:00 pm,
Talk begins promptly at 7:30
Q&A to follow

“The Importance of Feminist Knowledge in Political Change: The Case of ‘Velvet Revolution’ in Armenia”

VelvetRevolutionFor almost three decades a corrupt oligarchical government led postsocialist Armenia into environmental degradation, daunting social inequality, massive emigration, and societal apathy. However, in April and May of 2018 after weeks of non-violent, decentralized, and creative civil disobedience people forced the corrupt administration out of office. This exciting political activity came to be known as “velvet revolution” or “revolution of love and solidarity.” While this significant achievement hinged on the decades-long political work of women, they came to be publicly viewed as mostly supporters of this mass movement rather than active agents and later were appointed as deputy ministers, advisers, and assistants in the new interim government.

In this talk Professor Sargsyan  will discuss the practices that women have used in the past decade as they raised issues of social injustice and she will discuss the key role they played in the mass movement of the 2018 “revolution of love and solidarity” through their creative approaches as a way of imagining a better future for Armenia, the larger South Caucasus region and beyond.



Nelli Sargsyan’s research interests revolve around social movements and issues of social justice. In her most recent research Sargsyan focuses on Armenian feminists’ political work toward a life of collective care. Sargsyan’s individual work on feminist political and artistic work has appeared in journals, including Feminist Formations and Armenian Review, and online platforms such as Socioscope. Her collaborative work on different forms of violence and working together to counter them has appeared on online platforms such as ARTMargins and Public Seminar.

Would you like to learn more about the history and current life in Armenia?
Read a fascinating NY Times article about Armenia written by a recent traveler.

Where in the world is Armenia?  See regional map below:


On Aug. 24 WWAC brought you”El Salvador Beyond the Headlines.”

Were you at the talk, or did you miss it?

Would you like to help the development efforts in El Salvador that we learned about in the talk?
Visit the web site of Companion Community Development Alternatives, a non-profit organization devoted to the mission of cooperating in projects for democratic, community-based social and economic development in Central America. There  you can learn about the developments this organization is sponsoring in El Salvador and you can support them with your donation:


Would you like to learn more about El Salvador?
Here are some links with helpful background information:

A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis

El Salvador Bans Metal Mining

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