May 29, 2018

Joseph Hermiz

Episode 15 - Joseph Hermiz is a first-generation Assyrian-American. Both of Joseph's parents left the Middle East as refugees in the midst of persecution and political upheaval. He attended Arizona State University and graduated with a BA in History and Religious Studies. He served on the board of the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona from December 2012 to September 2014. He is currently a second-year PhD student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on Assyrians in the late Ottoman Empire (18th to early 20th century) and in Modern Middle Eastern history. Joseph completed his Masters degree at the University of Chicago in 2016, writing on the development of modern Assyrian identity in the 19th century.

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May 22, 2018

Nathan Kalasho

Episode 14 - Nathan Kalasho, a Michigan resident, who at the age of 31 is the founder of KEYS, which stands for Kalasho Empowerment of Young Scholars. Nathan and his family opened KEYS Grace Academy in Madison Heights, MI in 2015, and this school is special because in addition to core subjects, it offers an Assyrian language class and it incorporates various cultural components in its classrooms. This is the only K-12 school of its kind in the United States, and you’ll hear Nathan talk about the future plans for KEYS in terms of expansion across Michigan as well as other states.


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May 15, 2018

May Ishak

Episode 13 - This week we hear from May Ishak, the wife of the Assyrian martyr, Youbert Benyamin. You’ll hear about her life growing up in Iraq and later fleeing oppression to create a new life in Canada.


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May 8, 2018

Ramond Takhsh

Episode 12 - Born in London, England in 1982, he and his family emigrated to Los Angeles when he was 7 years old. He earned his Juris Doctor at Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California Berkeley.  For the past several years, he worked as an attorney at a boutique litigation firm in downtown Los Angeles.  In the next month, he will be launching his own private law practice out of Los Angeles.

Previously, he had served as Vice President of the Assyrian American Association of Southern California from 2014-2016 and as a volunteer in different Assyrian projects. He was elected President of the Association in 2016 and was re-elected to a second term in January 2018. 

Founded on August 1964, the Assyrian American Association of Southern California is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose broad mission is to serve and advance the Assyrian-American community by concentrating on a wide spectrum of areas such as cultural and linguistic identity, public/governmental outreach and advocacy, education, arts/literature, youth services, and many others. 

May 1, 2018

Michael Youash

Episode 11 - This week we hear from Michael Youash, a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is part of the Assyrian Global (Self) Governance Mandate and is the Secretary for the Nineveh Plain Defense Fund (  You'll learn more about his life in politics and current projects, as well as his experience raising a bi-cultural family. You can connect with Michael at

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