Author and host: HaykHambardzumyan
TOPIC hosts men of culture, clergymen, renowned filmmakers and actors, Armenian and foreign scientists, scholars of Armenian studies, young specialists, writers and journalists residing in and outside Armenia.
How much do the contemporary Armenian art and literature relate to the development trends of world art? What new Armenian studies are currently underway in Armenia and Diaspora? Does the modern art educate or it rather entertains? These and other questions are voiced and answered in the pavilion of TOPIC.  
Frequency: Every Friday, at 21:50
Rerun: Saturday, at 13:30

Being an Actor in Armenia: Conditions and Opportunity to Choose


We often hear complaints that this or that favorite actor was screened in poor quality serial or low quality comedy, is running TV show or acts as toast master in weddings. It is quite understandable that it is preferable to see loved actors only ien the theatre stage or good films, however does our film production with its current volume and theatre with its current capacity provide necessary conditions for the actor to realize his/her creative potential? Does the actor as a whole have any opportunity to choose? 

Higher Education Institution and Labor Market


How are the Armenian higher education institutions (HEIs) react to the labor market requirements, are there any mutual linkages between universities and employers, what is the demand for the professions given in our HEIs both in Armenian and abroad? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with education expert Serob Khachatryan. 
 

New Reality, Old Higher Education System


Education criteria and teaching methods are changing rapidly in the world. The higher education concept has been entirely changed, while Armenia seems to stick to the old principles. Is our higher education system ready for changes, who and how should bring these changes into reality? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with education expert Serob Khachatryan. 
 

Compositions of Modern Armenian Composers in Armenia and Abroad


Classic concerts are organized in Yerevan not so seldom, there are also a number of music festivals. Yet it’s hard to say how often do  these concerts and festival feature the compositions of modern Armenian composers’ works. More often we come across with the performances of our composer’s works abroad, job offers outside Armenian etc. Why is it so, why is the art of modern composers more interesting aborad, how should this area be regulated? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with composer, piano Artur Avanesov. 
 

Changing Diasoras and Identities


Modern studies of Diaspora proves that there phenomenon of Diaspora has three key characteristics – dispersion at leas in two directions, presence of the connection with imaginary or real motherland, and realization of their identity as a Diaspora. How are the diasporas changing over time, how do these changes affect the identity, what methodologies are there for exploring through various issues concerning Diaspora? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Vahe Sahakyan, specialist in Diaspora studies.

 

Diaspora: Definitions and Characteristics


“Golden Apricot” and the Present of Armenia Filmography


International Film Festival “Golden Apricot” kickoff had its 14th time in Yerevan. This year more than 100 films were included in different competition and non-competition program. “Armenian Panorama” feature film program includes three films. Within the scope of the TV series “Topic”, Hayk Hambardzumyan conversed with Levon Minasian, the director of one of these films called “Bravo, Virtuoso”. 

They were Shooting the War


From the very first days of Artsakh war, a number of journalists, cameramen and directors were also in the front line. Many of them held weapon along with the camera, some of them died. It is due to their work that today we are able to get an understanding of Artsakh freedom war, certain heros with the help of documentaries. Who were the directors present in the war, what is the face of war like from the opposite side of the camera, is he/she capable of being objective and present the war as a universal evil? 

Yerevan in Sketches


Current Issues related to the Study and Publication of Monuscripts


The rich manuscript heritage reserved in Matenadaran (Manuscript Library) and other collections is not only something to exhibit and be proud of, but also in need of new studies and publishing. What studies of manuscripts are currently underway, how are the results of these studies used in Armenian studies, what are the current issues in the publication of scientific research originals? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with the Head of Department of Manuscript Studies and Depositories, PhD in History Gevorg Ter-Vardanyan. 
 

Charles Aznavour, Saved Jews and French Resistence


How did Aznavourian family participate in the salvation of Jews during the World War II, and what was their relation with Missak Manouchian, the national hero of France? What is the reason for all of these to be disclosed in the book written by a Jewish scholar? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with the Director of Tchobanian Institute in Paris Varoujan Sirapian. 

Stalin Repressions in Armenia


Few families can be found in Armenia who didn’t suffer this way or another from Stalin repressions, yet not many studies exist on these issues, especially such important issue as the moral-psychological atmosphere then, the attitude of those repressed toward the persons involved in political persecution and the system itself. Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with ethnographer Harutyun Marutyan.