Commemmoration of the Chornobyl Disaster

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
8:30am
Room 1512 (15th floor), International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th Street, New York City

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University invites you to the:

COMMEMORATION OF THE CHORNOBYL DISASTER: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE TWENTY YEARS LATER
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
International Affairs Building, Room 1512 (15th floor)
Columbia University, 420 W. 118th Street, New York City

8:30-9:00: Coffee and pastries

9:00: DIPLOMATIC PERSPECTIVE
Opening Remarks by Prof. Mark von Hagen, director of the Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University; and
Ambassador Valeriy Kuchinsky, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations

9:30-11:00: SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE
Dr. Norman Kleiman, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University;
William M. Novick, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, International Children's Heart Foundation;
Dr. Daniel Igor Branovan, Director Thyroid Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary;
(Moderated by Prof. Frank Sysyn, Professor of History, Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)

11:00-12:30: HUMANITARIAN PERSPECTIVE
Lisa Milanytch, Co-Director of Procurement, Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund;
Sherrie Douglas, Director of Chernobyl Children’s Project International;
Irene Zabytko, Author of the novel “The Sky Unwashed”**;
(Moderated by Dr. Larissa Onyshkevych, President of the Shevchenko Scientific Society, Inc.)

**This panel will be followed by a book signing by author Irene Zabytko in Room 1512.

12:30-2:00: Buffet lunch in Room 1219 (12th floor)
(During lunch, guests are also invited to view an art exhibit by Ukraine-born Petr Belenok on view in the Harriman Institute on the 12th floor in conjunction with the Chornobyl Commemoration.)

2:00-3:30: FILM PERSPECTIVE
Screening of the Oscar-winning documentary “The Chornobyl Heart,” followed by Q&A session with William Novick and Sherrie Douglas
(Moderated by Prof. Cathy Nepomnyashchy, Director (on sabbatical during the 2005-2006 academic year) of the Harriman Institute)

3:30-4:00: ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVE
Closing remarks by Mykola Riabchuk, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar at Columbia University

Free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested, although not required. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Diana Howansky at ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu or 212-854-4697.