Biz owner, refugee advocate to speak at CSI

Sep 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Events

TWIN FALLS — Liyah Babayan, a well-known Twin Falls business owner and school board member, will be the speaker at the College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Forum this month.

The event is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Her topic is “Liminal — The Refugee Experience.”

No tickets are required for this free public lecture and doors open at 7 p.m.

When she was a young girl, Babayan and her family fled ethnic violence in Armenia following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Eventually, her family was resettled in Twin Falls through the CSI Refugee Center.

Today, Babayan advocates for refugees and victims of political and military turmoil. In 1998, she began writing her book “Liminal, A Refugee Memoir,” which is being edited prior to publication.

In her book, she looks back on the chaos and violence of her childhood, and sheds light on the “zero generation” refugee immigrant experience in America.

Babayan owns Ooh La La!, a women’s boutique in downtown Twin Falls. She is serving her second year on the Twin Falls school board and was named by the Idaho Business Review as one of Idaho’s 50 Women of the Year in 2015.

She is also the Idaho chairwoman of the Armenian National Committee of America.

The Herrett Forum is a monthly series of presentations generally held the third Wednesday evening of each month during the school year.

Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of community individuals dedicated to bringing presentations to Twin Falls.

The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of CSI’s campus at the North College Road entrance.

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