Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute

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The only program of its kind in North America, the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) offers seven weeks of intensive accredited university instruction in Ukrainian studies. The program includes three academic courses offered through the Harvard Summer School and a weekly event series hosted by Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI). Every summer since 1971, HUSI has brought together exceptional undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals from around the world. The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute provides students with the opportunity for academic advancement, career development, and membership in a diverse and interdisciplinary community of scholars that spans five decades of HUSI cohorts.

The Ukrainian Research Institute awards numerous tuition scholarships to HUSI students each year. More information may be found on the Enrollment page and the Scholarships page. Applications for HUSI Scholarships are due on April 14, 2022.

2022 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute 
June 15 – August 5, 2022 | Online

All 2022 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be held online, as they were for the past two years. While we look forward to welcoming HUSI students to campus again in the future, the online format allows us to include and support a larger cohort of students.

Prospective students may read about our three courses and faculty below and should review Harvard Summer School deadlines, registration instructions, and costs. HUSI students are encouraged to take full advantage of Harvard’s scholarly resources, including the digital collections of our libraries and museums. HUSI Orientation will take place on June 15th at 12 PM. Our public lecture series will take place weekly on Fridays at 1:15 PM (EDT/Boston time). In the meantime, students are invited to participate in HURI's regular events program and subscribe to HURI's mailing list


Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge

Dr. Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

This 8-credit language course is designed primarily for graduate students of the humanities and social sciences who wish to acquire a reading knowledge of Ukrainian for research purposes. Texts from a variety of fields are used. Reading selections include annotated articles on contemporary issues in business, economics, politics, science, technology, environment, and culture.

PREREQUISITES: Some previous background in Ukrainian, Russian, or other Slavic languages with permission of the instructor.

This course meets 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, four hours daily, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks, a total of 140 contact hours of instruction. This is a FLAS eligible course. (8 credits; UKRN S-G)


Ukraine in the World: Exploring Contemporary Ukraine

Dr. Emily Channell-Justice, Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

This course explores Ukraine from multiple and intersecting levels. It begins by asking students to think about Ukraine in the world, drawing on its most recent past to place Ukraine in the present. In particular, it focuses on Ukraine's geopolitical relationships with its neighbors and on major socioeconomic trends, such as neoliberal capitalism. We examine Ukraine as a nation state and consider key questions such as: what is the Ukrainian nation? Is Ukraine a democracy? Students consider how national identity and ideology are significant for understanding contemporary Ukraine. The course addresses the framing of regionalism in Ukraine, drawing on early arguments in Ukrainian studies dividing Ukraine into east and west, as well as on new research that resists such clear delineations. The course concludes at the local level, exploring the effects of new policies of decentralization on contemporary Ukraine. (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-3 PM; 4 credits; UKRN S-128)


Tradition and Modernity in Ukraine, 19th and 20th Centuries

Dr. Serhiy Bilenky, Research Associate, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

The main focus of this course is on the cities and complex relations between tradition and modernity in Ukraine in a wider imperial and transnational context. The course introduces students to the most important social, political, and cultural issues facing modern Ukraine, from the imperial to Soviet and post-Soviet times, primarily in urban settings. We consider major cities such as Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro, as well as Jewish shtetls and monuments of Soviet industrial sublime, such as the Dnipro Hydroelectric Station. We explore such topics as the reactionary responses to modernity ranging from anti-Semitism to religious conservatism; the central role of the city and urbanization; making and unmaking of nationalities; public hygiene and the limits of control; revolutionary culture and artistic avant-garde; the long-lasting effects of wars and extreme violence on society; the curse of resources; and the rise of mass culture and sport, among others. Students learn why studying Ukraine is essential for our understanding of the modern world. (Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-3PM; 4 credits; UKRN S-132)


Dr. Serhiy Bilenky

Research Fellow at the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto. Candidate of Sciences, Kyiv Shevchenko National University; PhD (in History), University of Toronto. Taught courses on Russian, Ukrainian, and east European histories at the University of Toronto (2009-2010; 2013-2016) and Columbia University (2009-2012). The author of three monographs: Mykhailo Maksymovych ta osvitni praktyky na Pravoberezhnii Ukraїni u pershii polovyni XIX stolittia (Kyiv, 1999); Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations (Stanford University Press, 2012); and Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800-1905 (University of Toronto Press, 2017). The editor of the selected writings of the 19th century Ukrainian intellectuals, Fashioning Modern Ukraine: Selected Writings of Mykola Kostomarov, Volodymyr Antonovych, and Mykhailo Drahomanov (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 2014).


Dr. Emily Channell-Justice

Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist who has been doing research in Ukraine since 2012. She has pursued research on political activism and social movements among students and feminists during the 2013-2014 Euromaidan mobilizations. Her ethnography Without the State: Self-Organization and Political Activism in Ukraine is forthcoming, and her edited volume, Decolonizing Queer Experience: LGBT+ Narratives from Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Lexington Books) was published in 2020. She has published academic articles in several journals, including History and AnthropologyRevolutionary Russia, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She received her PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in September 2016, and she was a Havighurst Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Miami University, Ohio from 2016-2019.


Dr. Volodymyr Dibrova

Media Content Specialist - Research Reporter, HURI; Preceptor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. BA, Kyiv Shevchenko University, Ukraine; MA, Kyiv Linguistic University; PhD (Candidate of Sciences), Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Literary critic, translator (1991 M.Lukash Prize for translating S.Beckett’s novel Watt into Ukrainian), playwright (1996 Sherban-Lapika Prize for The Short Course), writer (2007 BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Prize for Andrew’s Way). Most recent publications – a collection of short stories Tealuxe Sketchbook, Kyiv, Pulsary, 2012; a collection of stories and essays Old Stories Retold, Kyiv, Komora, 2013.

2022 Jul 01

MAPA: Spatial Analysis of Contemporary Ukraine

1:15pm to 2:30pm


Zoom (registration required) and YouTube

Viktoriya Sereda, Senior Research Fellow, Forum of Transregional Studies (Berlin)
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, Institute of Ethnology NAS Ukraine 
Kostyantyn Bondarenko, MAPA Project Manager

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2022 Jul 22

Practices of Solidarity: Ukrainian Refugee and Host Communities in Joensuu (Finland)

1:15pm to 2:30pm


Zoom Webinar and YouTube

Olga Filippova, Associate Professor, School of Sociology, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University; Project Researcher, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland  

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2022 Jul 29

Citizenship, Displacement, and Russian Occupation in Ukraine

1:15pm to 2:30pm


Zoom Webinar and YouTube

Oleksandra Tarkhanova, Post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen 

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