Columbia University’s Ukrainian Studies Program to offer five courses in spring 2021 semester

NEW YORK – Columbia University’s Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute will offer five courses focusing on Ukrainian political science, language and visual art in the spring 2021 semester.  It will also organize a series of lectures in Ukrainian studies at the university. Due to the pandemic, all courses and events for the semester will be held online. The online events will be open to the public, but registration will be required.

Dr. Olena Martynyuk, Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow in Ukrainian Studies at the Harriman Institute, will teach a new course in the spring titled “Agents of Change: Ukrainian Art Between Revolutions.” The course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-3:55 p.m.  The course will trace the appearance of the avant-garde on the territory of the Russian Empire with a focus on Ukrainian art as compared to Russian.

Ambassador Taylor to give keynote speech at Ukraine Global Scholars annual event

Ukraine Global Scholars (UGS) and Boston Friends of UGS will hold their third annual event on November 21 with William Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, as the keynote speaker. The event will take place over Zoom at 1 p.m. ET and is expected to gather more than 100 attendees across the United States, Canada and Ukraine.

The theme of the event will be “Leadership in the 21st Century,” focusing on several young Ukrainians’ fast-growing entrepreneurial ventures and the leadership skills critical to unlocking value in the 21st century. Attendees will include UGS benefactors, alumni and mentors, as well as those interested in UGS and its role in helping raise a new generation of Ukrainian leaders through scholarships to U.S. and global private high schools and colleges.

A drive-in graduation to remember at Manor College

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – If you were in the vicinity of Fox Chase Road in this Philadelphia suburb on October 10, you likely heard the roaring cheers and loud car horns of the graduating class of Manor College. The college held its annual 2020 commencement ceremony in a different way this year.

Typically, the entire campus community, including the graduating class along with their families, joins together in the gymnasium. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the college held the 69th commencement ceremony in the parking lot in drive-in style.

Researcher Polina Lishko receives MacArthur “genius” award

BERKELEY, Calif. – Polina Lishko, Ph.D., a Ukrainian-born physiologist whose work at the University of California, Berkeley, has already led to the development of promising new non-hormonal contraceptives for women and could lead to male or unisex contraceptives, has been chosen to receive a 2020 MacArthur “genius” award.

The award comes with $625,000 in funding over five years, which Dr. Lishko, an associate professor of molecular and cell biology, will use to continue her work on reproductive physiology, including how sperm navigate the reproductive tract and the effects of aging on the female reproductive system. She was among 21 fellows announced on October 6 by the MacArthur Foundation.

1,073 grads receive diplomas at Kyiv Mohyla Academy’s 25th jubilee convocation

KYIV – This year’s convocation at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) was the largest since the re-establishment of Kyiv Mohyla Academy in 1991. The graduation ceremony took place on Ukraine’s Constitution Day, June 28, in keeping with the university’s tradition.
Kyiv Mohyla Academy issued diplomas to 646 undergraduates, 366 master’s graduates, 58 MBAs, and four Ph.D.s.

Columbia University’s Ukrainian Studies Program offers six courses during fall semester

NEW YORK – Three scholars will be visiting the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, for academic year 2019-2020, beginning in the fall 2019 semester. The program will be offering six courses and organizing several events, including a two-day conference focusing on Ukrainian cultural responses to the war between Ukraine and Russia in the Donbas.

Scholar from Lviv speaks on studying women’s history in Ukraine

TORONTO – Oksana Kis, a feminist scholar from Ukraine, delivered a public talk, “Ukrainian Women in the Gulag: When Survival Meant Victory,” on January 31. The event was sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Center and co-sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta and St. Vladimir Institute of Toronto. 

“Jews and the New Ukraine”: a seminal discussion in London

LONDON – Jewish communities have lived on the territory of contemporary Ukraine since the late ninth century, yet the Jewish-Ukrainian identity is a very recent phenomenon. Jews in Ukraine who previously self-identified as Soviet Jews or Russian Jews increasingly see themselves as Ukrainian Jews, particularly following the Euro-Maidan revolution of 2013-2014.