International conference to examine “Ukrainian Statehood 1917-1921: Institutions and Individuals”

NEW YORK – On February 24-25, the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University will convene a conference titled “Ukrainian Statehood 1917-1921: Institutions and Individuals” that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution and the creation of the modern Ukrainian state. The conference will focus both on the important institutions that were founded under the Ukrainian Central Rada/Ukrainian National Republic, the Ukrainian State of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky and the Ukrainian National Republic under the Directory, and on the individuals that formed them. These state institutions proved to be essential in organizing and giving structure to Ukrainian political, educational, cultural and religious developments at that time. The successes and failures of these initiatives provided models that were both emulated and adjusted in subsequent years and that continue to inform Ukrainian nation-building efforts today. The conference will examine the lasting impact of these individuals and institutions on Ukrainian culture and scholarship.

Columbia’s Ukrainian Studies Program offers seven courses

NEW YORK – In the spring 2017 semester, the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University will offer seven courses, including a new course focusing on the presence of Ukraine and Ukrainians in New York City. The program will also organize several events and will present the conference “Ukrainian Statehood 1917-1921: Institutions and Individuals” during the upcoming semester. On Wednesdays at noon-2 p.m., Prof. Alexander Motyl will teach “Ukraine in New York” – a course that offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the Ukrainian American community in New York City from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present. The course focuses on the history, demographics, economics, politics, religion, education and culture of the community, devoting particular attention to the impact thereon of the New York setting; shifting attitudes towards American politics and culture and homeland politics and culture; and the tensions encountered in navigating between America, Soviet Ukraine and independent Ukraine. Dr. Mark Andrycyzk will teach the course “The Aura of Soviet Ukrainian Modernism” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:10-2:25 p.m. This course studies the renaissance in Ukrainian culture of the 1920s – a period of revolution, experimentation, vibrant expression and polemics.

Prof. Alexander Motyl

“Ukraine in New York” comes to Columbia University

NEW YORK – Columbia University’s Harriman Institute will be offering a unique course in the spring 2017 semester – “Ukraine in New York” – focusing on the history and development of the Ukrainian community in New York City. Prof. Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University will teach the course, which will be open to both graduate and undergraduate students. “Ukraine in New York” is a multidisciplinary exploration of the Ukrainian American community in New York City from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present. The course focuses on the history, politics, culture, demographics, economics, religion and society of the community, devoting particular attention to the influence of the New York setting, the tensions encountered in navigating between America, Soviet Ukraine and independent Ukraine, the impact on community politics and culture of major crises (World War I, Ukrainian independence in 1918, the Famine of 1932-1933, World War II, Ukrainian independence in 1991, and the Euro-Maidan Revolution of 2014), identity shifts within and between immigrant waves, and self-representations. Guest lecturers will be invited to several sessions; a walking tour of the Ukrainian neighborhood in lower Manhattan, as well as conversations with community leaders, scholars, and artists will be organized.

Drs. Vassyl and Roksolana Lonchyna, committee chairs in Chicago.

Fund-raisers to support UCU conclude in the United States

LVIV – At the end of 2016, the first seven-year Comprehensive Campaign for the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), conducted under the theme “A New Generation for a New Ukraine” will come to a close. Towards this goal, five cities in America held fund-raisers in support of UCU this fall: Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York. In the spring, a fund-raiser was held in northern New Jersey. Thanks to the generous support of benefactors and sponsors, more than $750,000 was raised for UCU at these events. The Comprehensive Campaign in support of UCU began in 2010.

The conference audience listens to Lesley Cormack, dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Ukrainian studies reviewed at CIUS’s milestone 40th anniversary conference

EDMONTON, Alberta – “A jewel in the Faculty of Arts” – this is how Lesley Cormack, dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, described the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) on the opening morning of the conference “Ukrainian Studies in Canada: Texts and Contexts,” held in Edmonton on October 14-15. Over the course of two days, 30 scholars and community figures from across Canada and abroad reviewed the history of the institute and the development of Ukrainian studies as an interdisciplinary field. In five roundtable sessions, they discussed the challenges and opportunities confronted by scholars in Ukrainian studies due to the changing intellectual landscape of the humanities, the corporatization of universities and fiscal constraints. The conference at the U of A’s Lister Center was attended on average by 125 people each day. About 600 others viewed the presentations live online from Canada and other countries  – the United States, Poland, Ukraine, Germany and others.

The Rev. Bohdan Prach, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, discusses the importance of the subject of his two-volume book, “The Clergy of the Peremyshl Eparchy and the Apostolic Administration of Lemkivshchyna” at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, where he had just been presented the Antonovych Foundation award for 2016.

Rector of Ukrainian Catholic University receives 2016 Antonovych Award

WASHINGTON – The Omelan and Tatiana Antonovych Foundation honored the Rev. Bohdan Prach, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, with its 2016 award for his work in documenting “the Golgotha of the Ukrainian Catholic clergy.”

Announcing the new laureate on November 22 at its annual award presentation ceremony at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, the foundation singled out the Rev. Prach’s latest accomplishment: the publication of his monumental two-volume work: “The Clergy of the Peremyshl Eparchy and the Apostolic Administration of Lemkivshchyna.”

The first volume (721 pages) presents biographical studies, with photographs, covering the period of that area’s changing Soviet, Polish and German occupations between 1939 and 1989. The second volume (851 pages) is a collection of selected documents, other materials and photographs, from 1939 through 1950. In describing the award committee’s decision, Dr. Martha Bohachevsky Chomiak, who chairs the committee, noted that – as committee member Dr. Andrew Lewycky pointed out during their discussion – the foundation’s objectives can be described in three words: “authenticity, integrity and quality.” And the foundation searched for these principles in selecting the top candidate for this year’s award, she said. “Today’s laureate represents these criteria completely.” The Rev. Prach searched for, gathered, organized and deciphered those valuable materials that will be useful for many scholars and writers in the future, she said. “He serves God, serves Ukrainians and all mankind.”

Accepting the award – and the $10,000 check that accompanied it – the Rev. Prach noted that the time has come when Ukrainians can now inform themselves and the world about the “hellish repressions” their country experienced under the Nazis, Poles and Soviets.


Ukrainian American Veterans award scholarships for 2016

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) announced that eight students have received the organization’s 2016 scholarship awards. Mark Frederick Lewis (Florida), who attends Florida Atlantic University and is majoring in criminal justice, received the UAV Post 40 award of $500. Anna Terrebetzky (New York) received the UAV Ladies Auxiliary award of $400. She attends Hunter College and majors in English. Alexander Geba (Massachusetts) received a $300 scholarship.

Mykola Hryckowian (right) reads the prepared remarks of Paul Goble; seated (from left) are Serhii Meshcheriak, Yuriy Sergeyev, Janusz Bugajski and Herman Pirchner.

Scholarly symposium discusses modern Ukrainian state at 25

NEW YORK – A unique symposium commemorating “The 25th Anniversary of the Modern Ukrainian State” attracted over 150 attendees to the Princeton Club of New York on Saturday, September 17. Described as a day-long academic conference by the event organizers, the two dozen voices present came not only from the world of academia, but also from international diplomacy, government office, journalism and civic activism. In a format similar to previous panel discussions presented by the Center for U.S.-Ukraine Relations (CUSUR), one of the co-sponsors of this symposium, groups of three to four speakers at a time dissected Ukraine’s distant and recent past, followed by predictions and prescriptions for Ukraine’s near and farther future. The day was further enhanced by a detailed report on the Ukrainian military’s defense of their homeland, a screening of excerpts from an upcoming feature-length documentary about the “War for Democracy” in Ukraine and a live performance by the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York. For the attendees of the evening’s banquet, the day was capped off by speeches by three former Cabinet-level government officials.

Scholarships available to Ukrainian students at St. George Academy

NEW YORK – St. George Academy (SGA) is offering scholarships for the current school year (2016-2017) for students of Ukrainian or Ukrainian American descent. The scholarships, which are being offered for students entering the ninth grade, will cover the cost of a full year of tuition at SGA. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Principal Andrew Stasiw, St. George Academy is now offering more to its students than ever before.

Ukrainian Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Scholarship Committee and scholarship recipients (with branch managers representing recipients who could not attend): (top row, from left) Semen Vladyka, Victor Bandriwsky, Martin Savka, Nazariy Tokarchuk, Taras Nazarevych, Mikhail Mikhaylov, Sophia Kenn, Tanya Dashkevich, Roman Kshysyak; (middle row) Volodymyr Otvarukhin, Wasyl Kornylo, Oleg Lebedko, Yaroslav Fatyak, Yaroslav Kirik, Barbara Tymoc-Gutierrez, Richard Harris, Tamara Denysenko, Dr. Evhen Lylak, Wolodymyr Pylyshenko; (bottom row) Nadia Hayduke, Lyubov Stefantsiv, Nadia Tratch, Dr. Christine Hoshowsky, Inessa Koval, Iryna Hrynyk, Meghan Flanigen, Yelena Mikhaylova, Natalie Lebedko and Ivanna Vorobets.

Ukrainian FCU awards $13,750 in undergraduate scholarships

ROCHESTER, NY – Ukrainian Federal Credit Union (UFCU) through its Ukrainian-American Community Foundation Inc., awarded 21 scholarships this year totaling $13,750. The scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $250 included four named scholarships – the Roman Kucil Memorial Scholarship, the Wasyl and Anna Diaczenko Memorial Scholarship and the Ukrainian Civic Center of Rochester Merit Award. The scholarships were based on the applicants’ academic achievements, extracurricular activities and involvement in their respective UFCU common bond communities. Applicants were also required to participate in the UFCU Products and Services survey and write an essay about what needs to change in the hearts, minds and actions of ordinary Ukrainians to achieve a sovereign and democratic Ukraine after 25 years of independence. Ukrainian FCU, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., has been supporting the student members’ educational aspirations since the 1970s and since 1999 has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships.