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The American University of Armenia (AUA) and the University College Dublin (UCD) Center for Ethics in Public Life are jointly hosting the PERITIA Public Lectures [Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation. These lectures will feature prominent philosophers and academics from Europe and the United States and will address issues such as trust in science, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.

To further raise interest and increase the impact of these lectures on the Armenian audience, AUA is organizing a related series called PERITIA [email protected] The discussions are organized a week ahead of the PERITIA Public Lectures. Academics, as well as students in Armenia, will be invited to participate in these discussions. The discussions will also be streamlined via Zoom. 

Each discussion will have an invited discussion leader who will analyze the reading. The PERITIA [email protected] will be hosted by Arshak Balayan, AUA lecturer in philosophy.


Dates: Sep15 –Nov 24 (once every 2 weeks)

Time: 5:30 PM Armenia time

Language: English and Armenian simultaneous translation will be available.

Location: Akian Gallery at AUA and online via Zoom 



Discussion 1.

15 September, 2021

Discussing “What Is Knowledge Resistance?” by Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University)

Discussion leader: Andranik Stepanyan, ASPU

Discussion 2.

29 September, 2021

Discussing “A War on Science? The Death of Expertise? Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy” by Maya J. Goldenberg (University of Guelph)

Discussion leader: Hayarpi Sahakyan, YSMU

Discussion 3.

15 October, 2021

Discussing “Technology And Democracy. Cognitive Pressure Points And Solutions” by Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol)

Discussion leader: Hovhannes Nikoghosyan, AUA 

Discussion 4. 

27 October, 2021

Discussing work by Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), details to be announced

Discussion leader: Steve Donatelle, AUA 

Discussion 5. 

10 November, 2021

Discussion of work by Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School), details to be announced

Discussion leader: Hakob Madoyan, BSU


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