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Want to Understand What Is Going on in and around Ukraine? Take One of the Courses Offered This Semester by Our Faculty

Take one of the Ukraine-related courses offered by Harvard University Slavic and History Departments:

  • Beginning Ukrainian
  • Narrative Strategies in Gogol's Short Fiction
  • Revolutionary Ukraine: Between the Russian Revolution and the Euromaidan of 2014
  • Global Voices: Russian Literature Today, Russian-Ukrainian Literary Relations in the 19th Century
  • Apocalypse Then! Forging the Culture of Medieval Rus'
  • Literature and Art in an Era of Crisis and Oppression
  • Old Church Slavonic
  • Advanced Readings in Church Slavonic Texts
  • Frontiers of Europe: Ukraine since 1500
  • Seminar in Ukrainian Studies
  • Eastern Europe: Peoples and Empires

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Research Fellowship Awards for 2015-2016

The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute is pleased to announce its research fellowship awards for 2015-2016. HURI’s fellowship program enables scholars to come to Harvard to carry out independent research on topics in Ukrainian studies. We are thankful to the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, the Ukrainian Studies Fund, and Dr. Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk whose gifts and endowment support have made such research opportunities possible.

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HURI’s Historical GIS Project

On June 24, 2015 the Holodomor Atlas, a unique online resource, was presented in Kyiv at the National Memorial Museum of Holodomor Victims in Ukraine. It is a result of collaboration between Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a group of historians, demographers and other experts from different institutions in Ukraine, and presents an interactive GIS-based series of maps of the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933.

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Launch of the Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society

Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute is pleased to announce that Nadiya Kravets and Olha Onuch, HURI fellows, together with the Krytyka Institute, have just launched a new scholarly journal on Ukraine - Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society. This publication, Krytyka's newest project, is an English-language interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed scholarly journal that sees its mission in promoting social sciences in Ukraine.

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Rus’ Genealogy Project

The Rus’ Genealogy component of the MAPA project is part of a larger attempt to shift the perceptions of modern scholars to include Rus’ in the wider narrative of medieval Europe, and to create a picture of the medieval European world that fits the evidence from the primary sources -- one that stretches from the Atlantic in the west to the Dnieper River in the East. One of the chief ways to do this is by looking at the connectivity between Rus’ and the rest of Europe, and one of the richest sources of data is in the arena of dynastic marriage.

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Can Federalism Unite Ukraine in a Peace Deal?

As war continues to victimize Ukraine, various observers and participants have proposed a number of potential solutions to the conflict, ranging from greater regional autonomy to federalism to partial territorial breakup. While politicians are engaging in the most prominent debates and decision-making, the perceptions of Ukraine’s population will be central to the success of any such political solution. What exactly are the public’s perceptions and how subject have they been to change?

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Anne Applebaum on the Challenges Facing Ukraine and What the West Needs to Do

HURI: What is currently referred to as "the Ukraine crisis" has obviously turned into a European crisis, and that calls for a total reevaluation of all the established assumptions and notions. Your book "Gulag. A History" made you one of the leading experts on the former Soviet Union and the present-day Russia. Considering that after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has become its successor-state and appropriated most of its assets as well as its ideology, to what extent should Russia be "held responsible" for the crimes of the Soviet totalitarianism?

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Serhii Plokhii on Hromadske International "The Sunday Show"

The dominant narrative in both the United States and Russia emphasize the United States’ role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, this narrative contradicts the White House’s attempts to support Mikhail Gorbachev and keep the Soviet Union intact says Professor of History at Harvard University, Serhii Plokhii. The United States discouraged Ukraine's referendum for independence, which passed by an overwhelming margin and put the final nail in the Soviet Union's coffin.

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Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow
Olga Onuch, HURI Affiliate
MAPA Project
Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

May 18, 2015. History of the final days of the USSR wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.

May 18, 2015. «Последняя империя» Сергея Плохия была объявлена победителем Русской Книжной Премии Пушкинского Дома 2015.

May 5, 2015. Serhii Plokhii on Hromadske International "The Sunday Show".

April 22, 2015. Scholar Reframes Vision Of Cold War’s End. Serhii Plokhy interviewed by Marta Dyczok.

March 30, 2015. Lionel Gelber Prize Announces 25th Anniversary Winner.

March 6, 2015. Pasaulis neišmoko 1938–1939 m. pamokų. O Lietuva? (in Lithuanian)

March 4, 2015. Serhii Plokhii Discusses 'The Last Empire'.

July 27, 2014. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhii.

July 14, 2014. The dissolution of the Soviet Union.

June 24, 2014. Chronicling the Last Empire.

June 21, 2014. World History - "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union" - Book TV.

June 9, 2014. The Ghosts of ’91.

June 2, 2014. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.

June 2, 2014. Then and Now: Ukraine and Russia, Money and Politics.

May 21, 2014. The Moscow Times: Plokhy's 'The last empire' is the best account of the Soviet collapse yet

May 18, 2014. Book Review: Plokhy's 'The Last Empire' Is the Best Account of the Soviet Collapse Yet.

May 3, 2014. Сергій Плохій: «Історики мають перейти від пропаганди місцевих «правд» до написання історії нації, де фігуруватимуть усі регіони, включно із Кримом».


Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate
Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI
Volodymyr Sklokin, Shklar Fellow 2014-15
HURI Awardees of the National Science Foundation Grant

May 24, 2014. Prof. Henry Hale (Principle Investigator, George Washington University), Prof. Timothy Colton (Co-Investigator, Harvard University), Dr. Nadiya Kravets (Co-Investigator, HURI, Harvard University) and Dr. Olga Onuch (Co-Investigator, HURI, Harvard University and University of Oxford), have formed a research team studying the politics of the Ukrainian crisis, and have been awarded a large National Science Foundation Grant to conduct a Multi-wave Electoral Panel Survey in Ukraine. Funding for the project has also been provided by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Ukrainian Studies Fund. 

Gennadi Poberezny, HURI Associate


Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

April 17, 2015. The Globe and Mail: The Soviet Union didn’t die.

March 6, 2015. Сергій Плохій: «Суспільство, яке сьогодні твориться, вимагає іншої історії…».

March 3, 2015. "Тиждень.ua": Для багатьох уперше виникає образ Росії як іншого й дедалі частіше як ворога.

May 12, 2014. "The Takeaway": Eastern Ukraine Votes, Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory.

February 25, 2014. The New York Times: The West Must Work With Russia.

February 21, 2014. "Here & Now": What Ukraine’s History Tells Us About Its Future.

February 21, 2014. "The Takeaway": Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine.

February 20, 2014. "The Ohio Channel": Ukraine: Headed for Revolution?

February 20, 2014. Bloomberg's Radio: Harvard’s Plokhii Calls Ukraine Violence Unprecedented.

February 20, 2014. Harvard Gazette: Confrontation in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Catholic Register: Ukraine at the Breaking Point: 26 Dead, but Spirit Undefeated.

February 19, 2014. KQED Radio: Violence Grows in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Geographic: Q&A: Ukraine's Dangerous Turn Has Roots in History.

January 27, 2014. Majority Report: Ukraine Protests Explained.

December 27, 2013. National Catholic Register: Ukraine’s ‘Maidan’ Protests Are Spiritual as Well as Political.

December 4, 2013. NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Ukraine Splits Over East-West Economic Rivalry.

Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate
Roman Szporluk, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Emeritus, Harvard University
Marta Dyczok, Shklar Fellow 2010
Anne Applebaum, HURI Affiliate
Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate
Lubomyr Hajda, HURI Associate Director
Askold Melnyczuk, HURI Affiliate
Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI
Patricia Herlihy, HURI Associate
Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow
Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University
Michelle Viise, HURI Monographs Editor
Olga Onuch, HURI Research Fellow
Amelia Glaser, Former HURI Fellow
“Why Is Kyiv Burning?" Article in the Harvard Crimson
Gennadi Poberezny, HURI Associate
George G. Grabowicz, Čyževs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University
Oleh Kostyuba, Editor of Krytyka and Harvard PhD Candidate in Ukrainian Literature
GSAS Harvard Ukrainian Student Society



Monday, September 21, 2015 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It
Anders Aslund, Resident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, Washington DC; Senior Adviser to the President of Russia (1991–1994) and the President of Ukraine (1998–2004)
Discussant: Gene Fishel, Division Chief, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State
Room S-050, CGIS South, Harvard University

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