Azerbaijani- American Council of California (AACC) is announcing the Youth Forum to be held in Los Angeles on October 21, 2006.
The Forum will be have academic and entertainment parts. Please, follow the announcement and instructions posted the PDF at the following address:
http://www.azeris. com/AACCYouthFor um.pdf
The event is open for attendance and is free of charge. However, you MUST RSVP in order to attend before October 10th to the contact
provided. You're welcome to distribute this announcement further but EXCLUSIVELY to Azerbaijani groups.
The Azerbaijani- American Council of California (AACC) announces the First Annual Azerbaijani- American Youth Forum to be held on Saturday, October 21 st, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The event will be held in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, U.S.-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (USACC), and the Azerbaijan Society of America.
To attend the forum and/or present a topic, you must RSVP with your name, affiliation, address, and phone number by October 10th, 2006 to
Azerbaijani- American Council of California (AACC)
Phone: +1 310 926-4699
Email: aydan@azeris. com
The objectives of the Youth Forum are to organize Azerbaijani youth in the United States for:
Â· strengthening of Azerbaijani grass-roots through youth involvement;
Â· establishing closer ties between North and South Azerbaijani youth;
Â· promoting vital interests of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
Â· preserving and promoting Azerbaijani cultural heritage in the U.S.;
Â· facilitating educational exchanges between the U.S. and Azerbaijan;
Â· presenting Azerbaijani positions in the U.S. media and press.
FORUM REGISTRATION & RULES
There is no charge for attending the Youth Forum, but you must RSVP in order to attend any part of this event. Upon receiving RSVPs, a special invitation card will be sent to you from the AACC, with the location information, updates and other event details. The formal invitation will also serve as your admission.
The official language of the Youth Forum is English. A limited usage of Azerbaijani or Turkish for discussions is permitted. No other languages are permitted to be used for discussions or presentations during this event.
The academic part of the Forum starts with introduction from the moderator, followed by four panels, as outlined in the Forum Program below. Each panel starts with a 15-minute presentation from the panel chair, followed by discussions and presentations. Forum attendees are encouraged to prepare presentations in any format, including but not limited to PowerPoint presentations, and participate in discussions within the topics of the Forum Program provided below. The academic part ends with invited speeches and conclusion by the moderator.
Lunch and dinner will be provided, along with music and entertainment program at the end of the Forum. The general attendance is available by RSVP only to all Azerbaijani- and Turkish-American youth and their guests.
INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES
Keynote Speech by Chair/Moderator: Javid Huseynov, AACC
10:00am â€“ 10:15am
1. U.S.-AZERBAIJANI CULTURAL EXCHANGE
(Panel Chairs/Speakers: Leyla Kazvin & Betty Blair)
Â· Common culture as a bridge between the North and the South
Â· Defending Azerbaijani culture against plagiarism & abuse
Â· Azerbaijani view of regional history and its adversaries
Â· Azerbaijani literature, music, cinematography 10:15am â€“ 11:30am
15-minute break 11:30am â€“ 11:45am
2. PRESS/MEDIA COVERAGE & GRASS ROOTS/LOBBYING
(Panel Chair/Speaker: Adil Baguirov)
Â· Monitoring and presenting Azerbaijani views in U.S. press
Â· Lobbying vital Azerbaijani interests
Â· Creating ideological unity through forums, grass-roots activity
Â· Educational exchange, scholarly 11:45am â€“ 1:00pm
LUNCHEON1:00pm â€“ 2:00pm
3. AZERBAIJANI STRATEGIC INTERESTS
3.1 GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT
(Panel Chair/Speaker: Taleh Ziyadov, USACC)
Â· Foreign policy priorities
Â· Regional and geopolitical interests of Azerbaijan
Â· Security and peace in South Caucasus
3.2 GLOBAL ECONOMIC CONTEXT
(Panel Chair/Speaker: Natig Mustafayev)
Â· Caspian oil development and export pipelines
Â· Non-oil sector development
Â· U.S.-Azerbaijani economic relations & perspectives 2:00pm â€“ 4:00pm
15-minute break 4:00pm â€“ 4.15pm
4. SCIENTIFIC & EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
(Panel Chair/Speaker: Javid Huseynov, AACC)
Â· Networking of Azerbaijani scientists in the U.S.
Â· Scholastic relations between U.S. and Azerbaijani universities
Â· Educational and scientific exchange programs 4:15pm â€“ 5.15pm
Consul General, Elin Suleymanov
Professor Nayereh Tohidi
5:15pm â€“ 6:15pm
Javid Huseynov, AACC 6:15pm â€“ 6:30pm
DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT FIESTA6:30pm â€“ 10:30pm