Events celebrating the 105th anniversary of Istanbul-based Jamanak, the longest, continuously-running, Armenian language daily newspaper in the world, culminated with a symposium entitled New Reality of Minorities: Future Horizons for the Armenian Community in Turkey. Speakers from Armenia, France, Greece, Turkey, Portugal and the United States came together on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the SALT Galata Auditorium, to address an audience numbering close to 200. Panel discussions, followed by Q&A sessions, were held on the following three broad topics: Transformation of Non-Muslim Minorities' Agenda in Turkey, New Perception of Minority Rights and Minorities' Heritage Consciousness, and Shaping the New Armenian Identity. Ara Kochounian, Jamanak Editor-in-Chief since 1992, welcomed guests, before inviting AGBU President Berge Setrakian to give his remarks, which included a frank assessment of some of the challenges facing Armenians around the world today.   During the panel entitled Shaping the New Armenian Identity, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian spoke of some of the issues and options facing Armenians today, especially Diasporan youth. For example, she addressed the dangers of assimilation, loss of language, and the need for real communication between the Diaspora and those living in Armenia. She stressed that opportunities that AGBU provides, such as Discover Armenia, Musical Armenia Program, Yerevan Summer Internship Program, and AGBU's Armenian Virtual College's classes in language, history, culture and more, are just a few of the options offered to youth which contribute to strengthening our nation.

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