Book Talk. Ukrainian Bishop, American Church by Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
1201 International Affairs Building (420 West 118th St, 12th floor)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a talk by Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak.

Bohachevsky-Chomia's newly-published book explores the conflict-ridden road to the establishment of the Archbishopric of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in America—its quest for recognition by the Vatican and the American Catholic Church, and its stormy relationship with Ukrainian society. A relationship that may be characterized as a conflict between the church and state in the absence of both. The author, on the basis of rich archival material, illustrates how Bishop Constantine Bohachevsky positioned the Church in America to provide meaningful help to the Ukrainian Catholic Church as it emerged from the Soviet catacombs to become the largest Eastern rite Catholic church in the world half a century after his death..  


Mark Andryczyk of the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University will lead the discussion, followed by questions from participants. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is the author of many seminal publications, and has a distinguished academic career. Dr. Bohachevsky-Chomiak is attracted to understudied topics—Russian liberalism, Ukrainian feminism, nationalism in Eastern Europe, and now the interaction of immigrant communities with the Eastern Rite Catholic Church in the United States. Dr. Bohachevsky-Chomiak also earned a Certificate from the Russian Institute, Columbia University (now the Harriman Institute) as well as an M.A. in 1961. She is looking forward to returning to campus for this event.

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