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Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Resources and Events: October Edition

Ukrainian Diaspora Resources:

Zoomeet with Olena Burgac. Ukrainian Diaspora in Kusadasi Conversation in Ukrainian https://krasun.ca/2021/10/09/%d0%b7%d1%83%d0%bc%d1%96%d1%82%d0%ba%d0%b0%d0%bc%d0%bb%d1%83%d0%bf%d1%81-%d0%ba%d1%83%d1%88%d0%b0%d0%b4%d0%b0%d1%81%d0%b8-%d1%80%d0%be%d0%b7%d0%bc%d0%be%d0%b2%d0%b0-%d0%b7-%d0%be%d0%bb%d0%b5%d0%bd/

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx4naSh-LI

Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Events: October

Wednesday October 13 9:00a.m. PT

Join the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada / Посольство України в Канаді , and the the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine

Embassy of Canada to Ukraine for a webinar of the book

“The Torture Camp on Paradise Street” by Stanislav Aseyev, featuring Maria Tomak , coordinator of Media Initiative for Human Rights.

When? October 13, 2021

Time? 12:00 EDT; 19:00 (Kyiv time)

Register HERE 👉https://buff.ly/3AlTBV7


A native of Donetsk, Stanislav Aseyev was a journalist working for Radio Free Europe. He was captured in and imprisoned by the Russian occupation forces in Donetsk in 2017. Until his capture, his reporting – written under a pseudonym – were an important source of information about Russian-occupied Donetsk. Spending almost 1000 days imprisoned, Aseyev was routinely and brutally tortured by his captors. He was released in December 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange. The Torture Camp on Paradise Street is a memoir of his imprisonment in the prison system run by Russian occupation forces.

An excerpt of The Torture Camp on Paradise Street was recently published by the Los Angeles Review of Books. To reach the excerpt link this link: https://buff.ly/3FqNvXm


Online Lecture & Live Concert by Ukrainian Veteran Folk Vocal Ensemble “Oberig”

Title of the lecture: ” Defender of Ukraine Day”

* You will learn about:
· Prehistory and little-known facts of the Ukrainian Cossacks
· From insurgents to cyborgs
· Cossacks concept of “will”
· Insurgent and traditional Ukrainian songs

* Speaker: Nina Begas-Koval
Historian: Oleksandr Koval
Music: Ukrainian Folk Vocal Ensemble “Oberih”
Donetsk National University im. Vasiliy Stus

* When: Wednesday, October 13 at 11 am- 12:30 pm (6:00pm Ukrainian time)
* To RSVP & inquire details please email: People.of.Ukraine@verizon.net
* Organized by People of Ukraine Foundation
* Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86494240796…

* About the ensemble:
The purpose of the ensemble is to preserve and promote the musical heritage of the Ukrainian people transformed into original, unusual, creative compositions. The ensemble performs
Ukrainian folk, insurgent, and modern songs in their own arrangements a cappella, sometimes accompanied by ethnic and classical musical instruments.

The ensemble performed in Gala concerts at famous art festivals, gained 10 grand prix victories, 30 first place medals, and over 300 appreciation and acknowledgement certificates from various university, charity, regional, local, all-Ukrainian and international events.

The ensemble members are: Nina Begas-Koval (director, author of Ukrainian song instrumentation, 1st voice), Olena Stepova (2nd voice), Hanna Stepova (3rd voice), Maksym Lebidkin (4th voice). Musical arrangement: Pavlo Vuyko (guitar), Danylo Yurchyshyn (beatbox), Denis Gumenyuk (rap).

WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2021 FROM 09:00-10:15 PDT

The Frontline: A Conversation on Ukraine’s Past and Present

Seminar in Ukrainian Studies | Book Talk

Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University

with Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, HURI

Register for Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_yPY2ILcnT2iOU2Nfiw7xjQ
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MWsX0G3lZlQ

About the Book
The Frontline presents a selection of essays drawn together for the first time to form a companion volume to Plokhy’s The Gates of Europe and Chernobyl. Here he expands upon his analysis in earlier works of key events in Ukrainian history, including Ukraine’s complex relations with Russia and the West, the burden of tragedies such as the Holodomor and World War II, the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and Ukraine’s contribution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Juxtaposing Ukraine’s history to the contemporary politics of memory, this volume provides a multidimensional image of a country that continues to make headlines around the world. Eloquent in style and comprehensive in approach, the essays collected here reveal the roots of the ongoing political, cultural, and military conflict in Ukraine, the largest country in Europe.

About the Speaker
Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute. His interests include the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Ukraine. He is the author of, among others, The Frontline: Essays on Ukraine’s Past and Present (HURI, 2021); Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis (W. W. Norton, 2021); Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: American Airmen behind the Soviet Lines and the Collapse of the Grand Alliance (Oxford University Press, 2019); Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Basic Books, 2018); and The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (Basic Books, 2015). His books have won numerous awards, including the Ballie Gifford Prize and the Shevchenko National Prize (2018).

In conversation with Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

More information: https://huri.harvard.edu/event/2021-plokhii

Saturday October 16: Ukrainian Wedding Food 8:00 a.m. PT Free Event

Part of Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine Course Part 2. 2021-2022 Free Community Learning Courses Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuigrzotE93SIeUEtKUMZWROj_j1ZbPv More information about Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Studies: https://krasun.ca/ukrainiandiasporastudies/

Saturday October 16 and October 23 Ukrainians in Canada 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. PT Part of the Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) https://www.amilia.com/store/en/kpu/shop/activities/3334678

Location: ZOOM (Online Webinar) Required Age 50+ on the day of the activity Price: $20.00 Taxes waived


Over the past 130 years, there have been at least four waves of immigration from Ukraine to Canada. This two-session course will describe these waves of Ukrainian immigration and the socio-economic and socio-cultural integration of the immigrants. It will also delve into Ukrainian-Canadian folklore including literature and language across waves of immigration. Among many other things, you may learn a Ukrainian folk song or how to swear in Ukrainian!

Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. He received his Bachelor of Social Work in 2003 and his Master of Education in 2004 from the Lviv National Polytechnic University. He completed his Master of Social Work degree in 2008 and his Ph.D. in 2016 at the University of Manitoba. Sasha created a Glider Model for an effective learning environment in social work distance education. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University.

GUEST PRESENTER:      Oleksandr Kondrashov   FACILITATOR:   Patricia Warshawski, 604 542 7171, pwarshawski@shaw.ca

Wednesday October 20: otâkosîhk mîna anohc: вчора і сьогодні: Yesterday and Today On These Lands 4:00 p.m. PT Free Event

Public · Event · by Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre – MacEwan University

This discussion is the second event in our three-part discussion series “askîy / земля / the land”–an exploration of Indigenous and Ukrainian relationships to land in the past, present, and future.

This discussion will feature Chelsea Vowel and Myrna Kostash and be moderated by Lindy Ledohowski. Chelsea Vowel will speak about what social and legislative forces impacted Indigenous peoples and Ukrainian settlers within a prairie-specific context, and how these forces influenced land-based practices and relationships. How does this colonial history continue to influence relationships to land today?

Myrna Kostash will speak about what she learned from re-examining her grandparents’ lives in the course of writing her forthcoming book, Ghosts in a Photograph: A Memoir. Her forebears were part of the first wave of immigration from Galicia in the early 1900s and had varying experiences as settlers in Alberta. More than a century later, Kostash brings her own perspective as a writer and granddaughter.

Register for the Zoom Webinar at the link below: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JfXrZc7hRNWQDzXQQsVFfQ

Thank You Larisa Hayduk for sharing the event

Saturday October 23 Ukrainians in Latvia by Andrei Zavialov at 8:00 a.m. PT and Authentic Ukrainian Cuisine of Transcarpatia Region by Ivan Stryapko at 9:00 a.m. PT Free Event

Part of Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine Course Part 2. 2021-2022 Free Community Learning Courses Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuigrzotE93SIeUEtKUMZWROj_j1ZbPv More information about Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Studies: https://krasun.ca/ukrainiandiasporastudies/

SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2021 AT 08:30 PDT “U311 Cherkasy” Film Screening

Online event

Dear All,
The Embassy of Ukraine in Canada and the Ukrainian Language Education Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta) are cordially inviting you to the screening of the film “U311 Cherkasy.” The event is dedicated to the Defender of Ukraine Day, which the country celebrates on October 14th.

U311 Cherkasy is a Ukrainian feature film directed by Timur Yashchenko about the defense of the naval minesweeper during the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014.

During the mass public protests in 2013-2014, also known as the Revolution of Dignity or Euromaidan, the crew of the “Cherkasy” participates in the military training in the Black See and learns that President Yanukovych flees Ukraine and Crimea is being seized by so called “little green men.” The occupation of the Crimean peninsula begins. The ship returns to base, but the port is already lost. Cherkasy, along with the other ships in the Ukrainian fleet, is trapped within Lake Donuzlav when the road to the sea is blocked by sunken ships.

Ukrainian ships surrender one after the other. Only the crew of Cherkasy chooses to resist.

Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDQtLK4gmkk

WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Film screening: 9:30 am (Edmonton), 11:30 am (Ottawa)

Q & A with the film director: 11:10 am (Edmonton), 1:10 pm (Ottawa)

WHERE: via Zoom

To receive a Zoom link to the event, please register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_CXP7TsIMT2uIE5NutDolZg

Please feel free to share it with anyone who might be interested in attending the event.

Thank you Angie Hesje for sharing information about the event


Annual Toby & Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture 2021: Ukrainian Nationalists and the Holocaust

Annual Toby & Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture: “Ukrainian Nationalists & the Holocaust”
with Dr. John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alberta

Presented by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Part of Jewish Studies Week Fall 2021

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
4:00 pm MDT

Live via ZOOM

REGISTER HERE: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_Ro-WexFERByTa2EDC3jJIg

Dr. John-Paul Himka is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alberta. He is co-editor (with Joanna B. Michlic) of Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe (University of Nebraska Press 2013), as well as author of a number of books and numerous articles on Ukrainian history.



Paid Virtual Event $15 USD (approximately $20 CDN).

View this exclusive Canadian Film Première between October 14th – 24th, 2021 then join the discussion with film Director Matej Silecky of Kitsune Tale Productions (US) via Zoom on October 24, 2021 from 5-6 pm ET.

Baba Babee Skazala is a 69-minute film that tells the little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. The film is the culmination of over 30 oral history interviews uncovering the experiences of these survivors. It includes previously unseen archival materials from the National Film Archives in Ukraine as well as materials from the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Collection. Professor Alexander Motyl, Rutgers University, NJ, a renowned expert in this field, provides historical background for the film. Compare your own family’s experience with these stories.

Thank you Angie Hesje for sharing information about the event

Future Events

Sunday, November 21, 2021


1:00 p.m PT



Are you ready to make a quintessential Ukrainian favourite? Back by popular demand, Chef Mykola Rutkay leads participants step-by-step through the making of Ukrainian holubtsi (cabbage rolls) with a traditional mushroom sauce. Vegetarian option demonstrated. He shares some innovative tips and modern options. Mykola has a deep culinary pedigree with a grandmother and mother who are truly gifted cooks. They’ll chime in with their take on more traditional methods and family stories. Eat them now or store them in your freezer until Christmas.

More information: https://www.stvladimir.ca/calendar/2021/11/21/culinary-series-my-babas-holubtsi-amp-mushroom-sauce

Thank you Angie Hesje for sharing information about the event

МІОК започатковує проєкт «Східний світ діаспори: спільномова» – нову комунікаційну платформу для діалогу між українцями східної діаспори 🌍та Україною 🇺🇦 Більше інформації:

Дякую Андрій Завялов за посилання

5:00 vechora

300 p.m. po Buenos Airos link 11 Zhovtnya

9 DEC AT 06:00 – 10 DEC AT 14:00 PST

Online conference, 9-10 December 2021: “Narrating the Holodomor”

Online conference, 9-10 December 2021:
“Narrating the Holodomor: The Social and Cultural History of Collectivization and Famine in Soviet Ukraine”

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a CV
to Dr. Oksana Vynnyk <vynnyk@ualberta.ca> and <hrec@ualberta.ca> by 11 June 2021.

“And how I remember the many corpses found everywhere because it was spring: in the forest and in the fields, on the streets, people had just collapsed from hunger, and they died. […] I remember once I was grazing the cow, and in a field by the forest, a boy, Sirozha, died. We shepherds dug a pit in the meadow, gathered grass and tall grasses, laid the body in the pit, and covered it with grass and buried it. There wasn’t even anyone to bury the corpses.”

Bilash [first name unknown] was one of thousands of Holodomor survivors who in 1989 responded to a call from journalist Volodymyr Maniak to provide accounts of the famine of 1932-33. The new Soviet policy of “openness” had meant that victims and their families were able to tell their stories after fifty years of near total silence. Several years later, the dissolution of the Soviet Union allowed for access to previously restricted archives, making possible discovery and publication of documents and research based on these sources. This “archival revolution” also opened new opportunities for assessment and public discussion of the legacy of Stalinism.

Although many scholarly works on collectivization and the Famine have been published over the last three decades, the social and cultural history of the Holodomor remains understudied. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for examining practices of state violence and policies in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and to promote exploration of little-researched topics in social and cultural history. We especially encourage the examination and integration of ego-documents produced by victims, witnesses, and perpetrators. We seek to recover the voices of those who lived through the events, integrating their personal experiences into micro-level histories. Thus, we encourage comprehensive engagement with survivor memoirs and testimonies and thus are looking for papers that incorporate and analyze both official government sources and ego-documents.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the analysis of

–the categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander and their relevance in the context of the Holodomor;
–issues in producing, gathering, and analyzing testimonies and memoirs;
–everyday experiences and practices in rural and urban areas during and in the aftermath of collectivization and the Famine, including gendered experience, the spectrum of violence, resistance, survival strategies, mobility patterns, and changes in social and cultural norms;
–second-generation Holodomor representations.

Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

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