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?
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.
(Re)defining the Ukrainian–Russian Borderland: The Case of Kharkiv/Kharkov
Volodymyr Kravchenko, Professor, Department of History and Classics; Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
A long-time HURI associate, former research fellow and lecturer Paulina Lewin passed away on April 7, 2015.
She was a leading authority on East Slavic Literature and theater of the Baroque period. A former senior lecturer at Warsaw University, research associate at the Institute for Literary Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and associate professor at the Jagellonian University in Cracow, after coming to Harvard, Dr. Lewin became closely involved in the Harvard Project in Commemoration of the Millennium of Christianity in Rus-Ukraine, carried out by the Ukrainian Research Institute. Her expertise and contribution to the "Harvard Library of Early Ukrainian Literature," a multi-volume series of Ukrainian literary works from the late medieval and early modern periods published by the Institute, proved invaluable.
Edward L. “Ned” Keenan, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History, Emeritus, died at his home in Deer Isle, Maine, on March 6, 2015, at the age of 79. Keenan was a devoted Harvardian, receiving his A.B. degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1957, his A.M. in Regional Studies in 1962, and his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies in 1965. Granted a tenured professorship in 1970, he went on to become one of the leading Russian medievalists of his generation.
March 16, 2014. Prof. Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, was interviewed by Britt Peterson of the Boston Globe for her article entitled "The Long War over the Ukrainian Language".
December 14, 2013. Appeal to EuroMaidan (in Ukrainian): Григорій Грабович, професор кафедри української літератури Гарвардського університету, головний редактор часопису «Критика» (Київ), голова Наукового товариства Шевченка в Америцї.
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.