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Ukraine in North America: Diaspora Activism, Academic Initiatives
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Location Note

Multiple locations. See program below for details.

This is a hybrid (in-person/virtual) event. Registration required for attendance. Please note that all attendees must follow Columbia’s COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines. Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To that end, all visiting alumni and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person events. Vaccination cards may be checked upon entry to all venues. All other attendees may participate virtually on Zoom or YouTube.

The international conference Ukraine in North America: Diaspora Activism, Academic Initiatives is being organized for November 3-5, 2022 by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. The conference will gather scholars from the United States, Canada, and Ukraine to focus on different waves of immigration from Ukraine to North America and on the organizational and political activity of these individuals, chiefly their establishment of Ukrainian studies in their new homelands. Having helped incorporate Ukraine as a subject of discussion at academic institutions in the U.S. and Canada, the diaspora has now itself become the subject of scholarly analysis in contemporary Ukraine. Among the topics to be examined during the conference: new approaches in defining the Ukrainian diaspora; the political engagement of the diaspora during the Twentieth century and today; the role of libraries and archives in the establishment of Ukrainian studies institutions in North America; and various avenues of study of the Ukrainian diaspora in today’s Ukraine.

Participating in the conference are: Olga Andriewsky, Mark Andryczyk, Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Simone Atillio Bellezza, Robert H. Davis, Orest Deychakivsky, Markian Dobczansky, Myroslava Gongadze, Borys Gudziak, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Edward Kasinec, Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Kateryna Kobchenko, Volodymyr Kravchenko, Valerii Kuchynskyi, Uliana Pasicznyk, Olha Poliukhovych, Anna Procyk, Roman Procyk, Peter L. Rudnytsky, Victor Satzewich, Yuri Shevchuk, Myroslav Shkandrij, Frank Sysyn, Oleh Wolowyna, and Sergei Zhuk.

The conference will commence on November 3rd with a keynote address by Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak and a reception at which Alexander Motyl will be presented an award for his contributions to the field of Ukrainian studies. The keynote and reception will take place in Columbia’s Faculty House (Garden Room 2/Ivy Lounge, 64 Morningside Drive). Days Two and Three will take place in Columbia’s Journalism School (World Room/ Lecture Hall, 2950 Broadway at 116th). Day Two’s conference panels will be followed by a screening organized by the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University of the film Zaporozhets za Dunaiem (The Zaporozhiian Beyond the Danube, 1937). The final day of the conference will conclude with a book launch of Ivan Lysiak Rudnytsky’s Shchodennyky (Kyiv; Dukh i Litera, 2019).

 

Program

All times in EDT (New York). Each panel requires individual registration.

 

Day One

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Faculty House – Garden Room 2/Ivy Lounge

64 Morningside Drive

7PM | Keynote Address: Archbishop-Metropolitan Borys Gudziak

Reception: Presentation of Award to Alexander Motyl

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Day Two

Friday, November 4, 2022

The North American Ukrainian Diaspora: Movements and Moments, Yesterday and Today

Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall

2950 Broadway at 116th

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Panel I: (Re-)Defining “Diaspora”

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Chair: Valerii Kuchynsky

  • Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
  • Oleh Wolowyna
  • Victor Satzewich

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Panel II: The Ukrainian Diaspora and the USSR

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Chair: Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak

  • Simone Attilio Bellezza
  • Markian Dobczansky
  • Sergei Zhuk

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Panel III: Political Activity of the Ukrainian Diaspora in the US and Canada

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Chair: Myroslav Shkandrij

  • Orest Deychakivsky
  • Olga Andriewsky
  • Myroslava Gongadze

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Film Screening

Zaporozhets za Dunaiem (The Zaporozhiian Beyond the Danube, 1937)

Introduced and Moderated by Yuri Shevchuk

Presented by the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University

 

 

Day Three

Saturday, November 5, 2022

The Diaspora and Ukrainian Studies

World Room, Pulitzer Hall

2950 Broadway at 116th

 

 

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Panel IV: Building Institutions, Building Bridges

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Chair: Yuri Shevchuk

  • Roman Procyk
  • Uliana Pasicznyk
  • Volodymyr Kravchenko

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Panel V: Academic Institutions, Libraries, and Archives

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Chair: Robert H. Davis

  • Anna Procyk
  • Edward Kasinec
  • Ksenya Kiebuzinski

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Panel VI: The Role of Diaspora for Scholarship in Today’s Ukraine

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Chair: Frank Sysyn

  • Olha Poliukhovych
  • Kateryna Kobchenko
  • Yaroslav Hrytsak

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Book Launch

Ivan Lysiak Rudnytsky, Shchodennyky (Kyiv: Dukh i Litera, 2019)

Peter L. Rudyntsky

Frank Sysyn

Yaroslav Hrytsak

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