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Ukrainian Diaspora Studies

Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Zoomeet possible questions

What does being Ukrainian mean to you?

What Ukrainian Diaspora means to you?

Where is your home?

What Ukrainian-XXXXX identity means to you?

How do you practice being Ukrainian-XXXXXX in XXXX?

What are your hopes for your children and grandchildren?

How do you promote Ukrainian heritage?

Can you share about your engagement in the Ukrainian community?

What drives your involvement in the Ukrainian community?

What is your immigration family story?

What do you want newcomers to XXXX to know about the immigration process?

Who is your favourite Ukrainian poet/author/song/poem/book?

What do you want to achieve through your Ukrainian community work?

What quote inspires you?

Who are your main supporters / Who empowers you?

What message you would like to share with members of the Ukrainian Diaspora?

What is your favourite Ukrainian recipe?

Who you can recommend interviewing next?

2021-2022 Free Community Learning Courses Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuigrzotE93SIeUEtKUMZWROj_j1ZbPv

Summer Community Learning Courses

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Lecture Notes (Click on Each Link to Access Lecture Notes)

May 1Welcome to the Course: Introductions
May 8Ukrainian Global DiasporaHistory of Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine
May 15Ukrainians in Russia: Guest Lecture Dr. Andrei ZavialovSoups: Borscht 
May 22Ukrainians in PolandVegetables: Cabbage
May 29Ukrainians in EU: Guest Lecture Dr. Andrei Zavialov Main Dish: Holubtsi
June 5Ukrainians in Dominican Republic Guest Lecture Larysa FedorchenkoMeat Dish: Studenetz
June 12Ukrainians in Argentina: Guest Lecture Dr. Serge CipkoBread and Buns: Paska and Babka
Cakes: Honey Cake
June 19Ukrainians in Romania: Guest Lecture Vitaliya VlasiukUkrainian-Canadian Medicinal Herbs
June 26Ukrainians in USA: Guest Lecture Dr. Jars BalanDesserts: Pyrizhky and Khrustyky
July 3Ukrainians in AfricaUkrainian-Canadian Berries and Grains
July 10Ukrainians in Australia: Guest Lecture Dr. Sonia MycakCooking with Mushrooms
July 17Ukrainians in AsiaCooking with Apples
July 24Future Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Courses and Class Feast

Ukrainians in Canada

A self-paced course on Ukrainians in Canada: An introduction become possible as part of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) – Bohdan Khmelnytskyi National University (BKNU) Partnership. Community members worldwide were able to join students and faculty from BKNU and TRU and learn about the 130th years’ history of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.

This community learning course from January-April 2021 was an opportunity to celebrate the life of Ukrainian People in Canada. TRU and BKNU recently signed a memorandum of understanding to promote research and teaching among universities. The Ukrainians in Canada: An Introduction was the first in a series of Ukrainian Diaspora Studies courses offered to Ukrainian-Canadian community members free of charge as part of the Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov gift of learning. One TRU social work student completed a practicum requirement supporting Dr. Kondrashov in the winter term offering of the course. Five participants from Ukraine (three from BKNU) attended all the classes, with 15 participants from Canada and one from the US. More than 80 participants registered for the class received weekly lecture notes and learned through the hy-flex course delivery format.

The course created a space to collect resources and celebrate Ukrainian-Canadians’ lives in the last 130 years. We heard stories about multiple forms of oppression that people of Ukraine experience in Ukraine and Canada and how they overcome challenges and build communities across Canada to strengthen their Ukrainian-Canadian identities. The course was a celebration of stories from Ukrainians in Canada from all waves of immigration.

The course is now fully available online. Please watch the introduction video on how to participate in the self-paced course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIRLSpxy0aM

You can download all slides (310 ) as a 31-page handout to go through 200 learning activities or check each lecture in pdf format by clicking on individual links

  • Unit 0 Ukrainians in Canada: Course Design
  • Unit 1 Waves of Ukrainian immigration to Canada over 125+ years: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Integration
  • Unit 2 Push Factors: History of Ukraine and factors that influence the decision to immigrate to Canada
  • Unit 3 Pull Factors: History of Canada and its immigration policy to attract immigrants 
  • Unit 4 Prominent Ukrainian Canadians
  • Unit 5 First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences (1896-1917)
  • Unit 6 Second Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences (1918-1940)
  • Unit 7 Third Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences 1: DP and UCC (1941-1960)
  • Unit 8 Third Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences 2: Multiculturalism (1961-1990)
  • Unit 9 Fourth, Fifth and Sixth? Waves of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences: (1991-present)
  • Unit 10 Ukrainian-Canadian Folklore: Literature and Language Across Waves of Immigration
  • Unit 11 Ukrainian-Canadian Concerns: Selected by Class Participants
  • Unit 12 The future of Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora: Course Review
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