HURI Plans Conference to Mark Fifty Years of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard

50yr logo smallThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Ukrainian studies at Harvard University. In the last five decades, scholars associated with Harvard have been at the forefront of changes in the fields of Slavic and East European studies by opening new horizons, suggesting new topics, proposing novel approaches to the study of Ukrainian history, literature, and philology as well as neighboring fields in the humanities and social sciences.

To celebrate this milestone, HURI will hold a two-day commemorative conference, “UKRAINE IN THE WORLD: Fifty Years of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard University,” in Cambridge on May 11-12, 2018. The conference is free and open to the public.

HURI convenes the conference to honor the vision of the founders of Ukrainian studies at Harvard, especially professors Omeljan Pritsak and Ihor Sevcenko; the dedication of the members of the Ukrainian community, who made Ukrainian studies at Harvard possible though their generous donations; and the first generation of scholars and students associated with the Ukrainian Research Institute, who helped put Ukrainian studies on the map of American and world academia. In addition to discussions on the history of Ukrainian studies at Harvard, the conference will also devote a number of panels to discussing the current state and future direction of various fields within Ukrainian studies.

The preliminary conference program is as follows. Registration for the conference, though not required, is greatly appreciated for planning purposes.


Fifty Years of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard University

11–12 May 2018 (Friday and Saturday)
Belfer Case Study Room, S020
Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University
1730 Cambridge StreetCambridge, MA

Friday, May 11, 2018

Panel I: Ukrainian Harvard: Past, Present, Future
10:30 to 12:00 pm
Chair: Roman Szporluk
“Ukrainian Studies at Harvard: An Overview” – Lubomyr Hajda
“Harvard and the Ukrainian Community” – Roman Procyk
“Where Are We Now and Where Are We Heading?” – Serhii Plokhii

LUNCH – 12 to 1:30 PM

Panel II: The Foundations: Kyiv and Beyond
1:30 to 3:15 pm
Chair: Michael Flier
Confirmed Speakers: Harvey Goldblatt, Frank Sysyn, Donald Ostrowski, Simon Franklin

BREAK – 3:15 to 3:30 pm

Panel III: Crossing Boundaries
3:30 to 5:15 pm
Chair: Lubomyr Hajda
Confirmed Speakers: Henry Abramson, Cemal Kafadar, Patrice Dabrowski

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Panel IV: Rethinking the Ukrainian Literary Canon
9:15 to 11:00 am
Chair: George Grabowicz
Confirmed Speakers: George Grabowicz, Vitaly Chernetsky, Taras Koznarsky, Tamara Hundorova

BREAK – 11:00 to 11:15 am

Panel V: The Future of the Past
11:15 to 1:00 pm
Chair: Terry Martin
Confirmed Speakers: Victor Ostapchuk, Hennady Boriak, Volodymyr Kravchenko, Paul Robert Magocsi

LUNCH – 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Panel VI: New Frontiers
2:30 to 4:15 pm
Chair: Timothy Colton
Confirmed Speakers: Paul D’Anieri, Dominique Arel, Oxana Shevel, Volodymyr Kulyk

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