June 12, 2009 U.S. Ambassador to Armenia to Speak At the Library of Congress on June 30

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public Contact: Levon Avdoyan (202) 707-5680

Marie L. Yovanovitch, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, will deliver a “Report from Armenia” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Armenian Seminar series, sponsored by the Near East Section of the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, with the cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia.

Ambassador Yovanovitch will discuss the situation in Armenia since her appointment to the position on Aug. 1, 2008. Her report will cover the contemporary Armenian scene, U.S.- Armenian relations and USAID-funded programs and initiatives in Armenia. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers from the audience.

A native of Connecticut, Ambassador Yovanovitch is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and Russian Studies. She has studied at the Pushkin Institute and earned a Master of Science from the National War College. In 1986 she joined the Foreign Service where she is a Career Member, Class of Minister Counselor.

Prior to her appointment as the sixth U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Yovanovitch was ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic from June 2005 to July 2008. From August 2004 to May 2005, she served as senior adviser to the undersecretary of state for political affairs. From August 2001 to June 2004, she was the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Prior to this assignment, from May 1998 to May 2000, she served as the deputy director of the Russian desk. Her previous overseas assignments include Ottawa, Moscow, London and Mogadishu.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized website at myLOC.gov.

The Near East Section of the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division is the repository of a growing Armenian-language collection that has benefited from a close working relation with the Embassy in Yerevan. Its collections are available to all researchers above high school age; it hosts events on Armenian cultural, historical and literary topics; and it is actively contributing to the digital age by making its resources available on the Library of Congress’ website. Webcasts of previous presentations on Armenian topics can be found at www.loc.gov/webcasts/.


PR 09-120
ISSN 0731-3527