The Impact of "Young Europe" in Ukraine and Russia

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
9:00 am
Room 1512, International Affairs Building

The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University, in cooperation with Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Shevchenko Scientific Society, and the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S., invite you to a one-day conference in commemoration of the 160th anniversary of the Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius, titled: 


9:00-9:10am: Opening Remarks by Anna Procyk (Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S.; KBCC, City University of New York)

9:10-11:10am: Morning Session

Chair: Yuri Shevchuk (Columbia University)

-- Johannes Remy (University of Helsinki; Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Skhlar Fellow): "Political Ideas of the Members of the Society of St. Cyril and St. Methodius" 
-- Myroslava Znayenko (Shevchenko Scientific Society; Rutgers University): “Reverberations of Young Poland in Taras Shevchenko”
-- George Grabowicz (Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute) “Cyril-Methodians and the Role of the Sacred”

Discussant: Rory Finnin (Columbia University) 

11:10-11:20am: Coffee break 

11:20am-1:20pm: Afternoon session 

Chair: Richard Wortman (Columbia University)

-- Abbott Gleason (Brown University): “The Cyril-Methodius Brotherhood and ‘Young Europe’”
-- Susan Heuman (City College of New York, Center for Worker Education): "The Quest for Citizenship in a Federal Context"
-- Mark von Hagen (Columbia University): "The Cyril-Methodius Brotherhood's Legacy in Ukrainian Federalist Thought" 

Discussant: Anna Procyk 

1:20-1:30pm: Closing Remarks by George Grabowicz

Young Europe, founded in 1834 by Italian, Polish and German revolutionaries fighting for the liberation of all subjugated nations from oppressive imperial regimes, envisioned as one of its ultimate objectives the formation of a loose European confederation of democratic republics joined together in accordance with the principles of equality and universal brotherhood. Mainly through the efforts of Giuseppe Mazzini and the Polish émigrés residing in France and England, these ideas were spread among the members of the nationally conscious intelligentsia of Eastern Europe who responded by establishing local branches of this international association. 

The Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius was a short-lived secret political society that existed in Kyiv, Ukraine from December 1845 until it was suppressed by the Russian Empire in March 1847, with most of the members punished by exile or imprisonment. The goals of the society were liberalisation of the political and social system of the Imperial Russia, such as the abolition of serfdom and broad access to public education, in accordance with the members Christian principles and the Slavophile views that gained popularity among the country's liberal intelligentsia. Such prominent members included Taras Shevchenko and Panteleimon Kulish.

For more information, please contact Diana Howansky at (212) 854-4697 or