Characteristics and Particular Features of Yuriy Lavrinenko's Critical Thinking

Thursday, February 8, 2007
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University presents a lunchtime lecture by Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine, Tetiana Shestopavlova, titled:


This lecture is dedicated to Yuriy Lavrinenko, one of the best-known Ukrainian critics and publicists, who immigrated after WWII to the USA. It was in the USA that Lavrinenko wrote his main works, including “Ukrainian Communism and Soviet–Russian Policy towards Ukraine: An Annotated Bibliography 1917-1953” and “Shevchenko and his Kobzar in the Intellectual and Political History of the Century”. 

Now, scholars like Ms. Shestopalova have the opportunity to study the documents of the Lavrinenko’s archive -- located in Columbia's Butler Library -- and to develop new perspectives of 20th century emigration and its heritage, which characterize the reality and mentality of Ukraine. 

During her lecture, Tetiana Shestopalova will outline the profile of Lavrinenko's critical works during the twenty years (1950-1970) of his creative life in the U.S. She will concentrate on the particular features of Yuriy Lavrinenko's critical thinking, based on his works “The Executed Renaissanse,” “The Felling and Shoots,” and also on the rich literary inheritance of his archive.

Tetiana Shestopalova is an Associate Professor of Ukrainian literature at Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University in Ukraine.

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