Conference to examine "new Ukraine"
OTTAWA - The Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa is hosting, as its first major scholarly project, a conference titled "Towards a New Ukraine 1: Ukraine and the New World Order, 1991-1996" to be held March 21-22 at the Arts Building. The conference is organized with the cooperation of the departments of political science and economics at the University of Ottawa, and the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University.
The objective of the conference is to examine a spectrum of issues pertaining to the ongoing process of the transformation of civil society, politics, economics, culture, education and religion in Ukraine during the last five years.
Conference participants will address the following topics: Ivan Dziuba, editor of Suchasnist, "The Problematics of Culture in a New Ukraine"; Borys Gudziak, vice-rector, Lviv Theological Academy, "Ukrainian Religious Life During the First Five Years of Independence"; Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, chairman, International Management Institute, Kyiv, "Ukraine, 1991-1996: Changes in the Economic System and Structure"; Ihor Kharchenko, head, policy analysis and planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, "Foreign Policy Strategy of Ukraine"; Bohdan Krawchenko, chair, Graduate Studies Council, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, "The Building of a New Civil Society and Political System in Ukraine, 1991-1996"; Taras Kuzio, research fellow, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, "The Domestic Sources of Ukrainian Security Policy"; Anatoli Zlenko, ambassador of Ukraine to the U.N., "The Development of the Foreign Policy of Ukraine, 1991-1996."
The multidisciplinary approach of the conference is a reflection of the chair's mission to become a scholarly-analytical center with a special focus on contemporary Ukraine as well as to foster contacts in numerous fields among scholars, professionals, government and corporate officials.
The revised and selected proceedings of the conference will be published.
The Northland Power Corp., the first major company to respond to the chair's fundraising campaign, has donated $4,000 towards the funding of the conference.
The following topics will be examined in subsequent conferences during the next four years, under the general theme of "Towards a New Ukraine": "Deconstruction and Reconstruction: The Building of a New Economy in Ukraine"; "In Search of a New Polity: A New Constitutional Order for Ukraine"; "Plus ça change?...: Women in a New Ukraine"; and "Quo vadis? Culture, Education and Science in Ukraine."
Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, February 23, 1997, No. 8, Vol. LXV
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