NEW YORK – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding here in 1967, the Ukrainian World Congress convened a conference, “UWC at 50 and Beyond: The North American Vector,” at the Princeton Club of New York on September 16. The event brought together leaders of the UWC, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, as well as activists from the United States, Canada and beyond for a conference comprising four panel discussions and presentations by individual speakers on a variety of themes related to the world body’s efforts. The conference was followed by a commemorative banquet addressed by two keynote speakers: Kateryna Yushchenko, a former first lady of Ukraine, and Vasyl Hrytsak, head of the Security Service of Ukraine. One of a series of conferences devoted to the UWC’s work through the decades, the New York event was opened by Dr. Walter Zaryckyj, chair of the UWC International Scholarly Council, who was the forum’s host and moderator. Dr. Zaryckyj emphasized that these conferences are not merely commemorations, but are “concept laboratories for the next two generations” of Ukrainian activists.