Raffi Joe Wartanian is a multiplatform storyteller passionate about social justice, creativity, and innovative institutions. His writing and film work have appeared in such venues as Lincoln Center, The Baltimore Sun, and The Huffington Post. De- moralized by America’s gun violence epidemic, Raffi began researching local gun culture, including visits to gun shows, to inform an original feature screenplay about a hotshot Texas gun show owner con- fronted by the consequences of his enterprise. The script, titled Freedom Market, finished in the top 10% of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts’ Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship in 2017. Raffi is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University School of the Arts where he co-taught a writing workshop at Rikers Island Jail Complex, and launched Letters for Peace, an initiative to foster dialogue in conflict zones through workshops at the intersection of creative writing and conflict resolution. His art and activism have been supported by the Fulbright Program, Davis Projects for Peace, and Eurasia Partnership Foundation among others.
Updated October 2018
More from Raffi Wartanian
Letters for Peace
Senior Fellow Raffi Wartanian started Letters for Peace to foster constructive dialogue between youth in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The goal is to simply facilitate communication in a region where the borders are closed, and opportunities for an exchange of ideas is radically limited.
Letters for Peace: The Intersection of Creative Writing and Conflict Transformation
Join Senior Fellow Raffi Wartanian in a virtual event about his project Letters for Peace, hosted by Johns Hopkins University. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 28 from 1-2pm EST and will be moderated by Anishta Kahn.
Claiming the History in Family Names
2008 Paris Senior Fellow Raffi Wartanian writes in The New York Times about how for many immigrants moving to the United States means changing their name and, in the process, losing ties to their history.
Senior Fellows Raise $40,220.50 for Giving Campaign
2018 Fall International Conference Schedule
The upcoming Fall International Conference on "Social Justice in Public Health and Healthcare" will take place next weekend on October 19 and 20, 2018 at The New School.
Memory Laws in France and their Implications: Institutionalizing Social Harmony
In July of 1990, France’s Congress passed a landmark piece of legislation that marked the front page of newspapers across the world. One of the world’s most influential nations with an intricate history of revolution, colonialism, and multiculturalism, declared the denial of the Jewish Holocaust as a criminal offense.