Cultural Wars & Rival Identities: Ukraine as a Post-Soviet Ideological Battleground

Monday, March 27, 2006
Room 1219, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a lecture by Mykola Ryabchuk, titled:


Mykola Ryabchuk, who is a Jacyk Visiting Scholar at Columbia's Ukrainian Studies Program this spring 2006 semester, teaching a course on Language, Culture, and Identity Issues in Contemporary Ukraine, writes: "Ukraine, as a nation located on the border between two different civilizations, Eurasian and European, and exposed to various cultural and political influences throughout its history, provides students of the region with a great many paradoxes that often look like ambivalence, if not ambiguity. Language, culture, and identity issues contribute greatly to Ukraine’s paradoxes and controversies but, also, to the nation’s uniqueness and potential dynamic."

Mykola Ryabchuk has been, since 1997, a research associate at the Center for European Studies at the University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and a co-founder and co-editor of the “Krytyka” monthly. He penned seven books in Ukrainian, including: "Zone of Alienation: Ukrainian Oligarchy between East and West" (Kyiv, 2004) and "Two Ukraines: Real Borders and Virtual Wars" (Kyiv, 2003). He holds a number of awards for the best articles of the year from different periodicals, two national “Book of the Year” awards (2000 and 2004), a prestigious Antonovych Prize (2003) and a Polish-Ukrainian Capitula Award (2002, on par with late Jacek Kuron) for the significant contribution to Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation.

WHEN: Monday, March 27 at 12:00 noon

WHERE: Room 1219, International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St.