NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook: “Ukraine Splits Over East-West Economic Rivalry” featuring Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Department of History, Harvard University; Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University.
NPR’s Here and Now
NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young: “Tolerasty versus Sovok: Ukraine’s Battle over Values” featuring Oleh Kostyuba, on-line editor of Krytykaand Harvard PhD candidate in Ukrainian literature in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
GSAS Harvard Ukrainian Student Society
Statement of Support for the Pro-European Protest Activities in Ukraine from the Students of Leading International Universities.
The New York Times
"Ukraine's Battle for Europe" by Oleh Kostyuba, on-line editor of Krytykaand Harvard PhD candidate in Ukrainian literature in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Газета "Урядовий кур'єр"
Фахівці Українського наукового інституту Гарвардського університету й Інституту демографії та соціальних досліджень НАН України створили електронний Атлас Голодомору. В Києві презентували електронний «Атлас Голодомору».
Planning session with GIS project partners from Ukraine: R. Sossa of Kartographia and H. Boriak of the Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv.
The study of the Holodomor, the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932–1933, has been steadily gaining momentum. In New York City on November 5–6, 2013, the conference "Taking Measure of the Holodomor" took place as part of the Zenowia and George Jurkiw Ukrainian Historical Encounters Series. The date was chosen to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the Great Famine.
The conference focused on questions like, Why did the Holodomor happen? Who were its victims? Who were the perpetrators? What lessons can be drawn from the Holodomor and other genocides? These are, indeed, questions not only for historians but also for the whole of humanity.
They are also the core issues addressed by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute's Mapa: the Digital Atlas of Ukraine, a project based on the construction of a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based digital map of the Holodomor. The Atlas was launched on November the fifth at the conference in New York City.Presenting the Digital Atlas, Professor Serhii Plokhii, Director of HURI and supervisor of the project, said, "The maps included in the Atlas are part and parcel of a newly created and growing database that makes it possible to link various levels of spatial analysis ranging from the district (raion) to Soviet Ukraine as a whole, and to compare demographic, economic, environmental, and political indicators in relation to a given administrative unit.
N. Levchuk presenting data that is being used for the MAPA project.
All these maps are also available as parts of the interactive map of the Great Famine, which offers everyone using the website an opportunity not only to check the accuracy of our hypotheses but also to formulate his or her own questions and conduct independent research by comparing different layers of the map. What follows is the first attempt to make sense of the data we have collected and the maps we have produced on its basis. It is presented in the form of a chronological narrative that includes references to individual maps, but is not and should not be regarded as an attempt at a comprehensive interpretation of the history of the Great Famine."
In the absence of reliable historical data on population losses in Ukraine at the oblast and raion levels, the scholars working on the Mapa project set out to collect, examine, and systematize all available documents and data in their specific areas of research, including collectivization in Ukraine, government policies, blacklisted communities, testimony of Famine survivors. As a result of their efforts, new demographic data has been produced and incorporated into the project. Researchers who contributed to the project include Oleh Wolowyna (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Omelian Rudnytsky, Natalia Levchuk, Pavlo Shevchuk and Alla Savchuk (the Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine); Joseph Livesey (New York University); Hennadii Yefymenko and Heorhii Papakhin (Institute of History, Kyiv) and Tetiana Boriak (National Academy of Cadres in Culture and Arts). Liudmyla Hrynevych (Institute of History, Kyiv) provided data for the map of the 1928 famine and Hennadii Boriak offered intellectual leadership for all aspects of the project conducted in Ukraine. Research on the project has been supported by HURI and the Ukrainian Studies Fund. All the maps were prepared specifically for the HURI website by the chief cartographer of the Digital Atlas of Ukraine Gennadi Poberezhny and by HURI's IT director Kostyantyn Bondarenko. The Mapa: Digital Atlas of Ukraine project has taken three years to develop and is now available to students, scholars, and anyone who is interested to learn more about this tragic chapter of Ukrainian history.
Ambassador Olexander Motsyk.
On September 30–October 1, 2013 HURI hosted Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the USA.
While at Harvard, Ambassador Motsyk met with University Marshal Jackie O’Neill, visited the Institute, had lunch with the HURI staff and visiting scholars, and gave a presentation at the weekly Seminar in Ukrainian Studies at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS).
Ambassador Motsyk is a summa cum laude graduate of the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University (now Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) School of International Relations (Department of International Law). He is a career diplomat who served as ambassador to Turkey (1997–2001), Poland (2006–2010), and the US (2011–present). As a high-ranking officer of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs he headed the Directorate General for Treaties and Legal Affairs, and as first deputy minister he was responsible for Ukraine’s European integration.
Ambassador Motsyk is widely recognized as a skillful negotiator. He represented Ukraine at high-level talks with Moldova, Romania, and the Russian Federation. The successful resolution of many controversial and potentially explosive issues in Russo-Ukrainian relations are largely attributed to Mr. Motsyk’s talent and experience, including the delimitation of state borders, the demarcation of maritime zones in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov (including the contested Tuzla Spit Island), and the temporary deployment and operation of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the territory of Ukraine.
In his talk “Ukraine in World Politics Today: Prospects and Challenges,” Ambassador Motsyk gave an impressive overview of Ukraine’s place in the contemporary world and described in great detail the state of Ukrainian-American relations. But perhaps the most exciting part of his presentation dealt with the process of Ukraine’s European integration.
According to the ambassador, the forthcoming November European Union Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, will mark a very important step in Ukraine’s return to Europe. Hopefully, this summit will endorse the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, thus raising the level of partnership with Europe and opening the way for Ukraine to “eventually become a member of the European family of nations.” “We fully understand,” said Ambassador Motsyk, “that the agreement itself will be only the beginning. European social, economic, and cultural standards are very high and if we honestly want to reach them there is a lot of work to be done. But the most important thing is that Ukraine attaches paramount importance to improving its economy, strengthening the constitutional system, and the rule of law, as well as its democratic institutions, in order to transform a former Soviet republic into a truly democratic and prosperous European country.”
During the open and candid discussion that followed, the ambassador once again reiterated his conviction that European integration was, is, and will always be the “true priority” of the Ukrainian state and of the current government. “Our European association,” concluded Mr. Motsyk, “will be a win-win solution for everyone. Not only for Europe and Ukraine, but also for the United States and, eventually, for Russia.”
It was extremely encouraging to hear that statement from Ambassador Motsyk. It gives everyone renewed hope that the promises made at the dawn of Ukrainian independence will finally be acted upon and eventually fulfilled.
On July 1, 2013, after three consecutive terms as HURI’s director, Professor Michael Flier passed the baton to Professor Serhii Plokhii.
Professor Michael S. Flier.
During Professor Flier’s tenure, from 2004 to 2013, HURI hosted conferences, symposia, and art and photo exhibits on subjects as diverse as the Great Famine, post-Soviet energy politics, and Ivan Mazepa as a legend in world culture. Among the monographs and books published during Professor Flier’s directorship, some of the most notable are The Origin of the Igor Tale by Ned Keenan; Defter: The Ottoman Survey Register of Podolia by Dariusz Kołodziejczyk; Poltava 1709: The Battle and the Myth; and Ukraine under Western Eyes: The Bohdan and Neonila Krawciw Ucrainica Map Collection by Steven Seegel.
The global financial crisis of 2008 presented one of the biggest challenges of Professor Flier’s directorship. He worked to ensure the presence of Ukrainian studies at the university in the course offerings of the Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute. He also oversaw the relocation of the Institute to its current address at 34 Kirkland Street in Cambridge.
Professor Serhii Plokhii.
HURI’s new director, Professor Plokhii, is the Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University. He has lived, taught and conducted research in Ukraine, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Professor Plokhii’s career as a historian began in Ukraine. He received his doctorate in history from Taras Shevchenko State University of Kyiv in 1990. He served as the chair of the Department of World History at Dnipropetrovsk University from 1990 to 1992. He then conducted research at the Institute of Archeography and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where he headed the Department of the History of Culture.
After coming to North America Professor Plokhii served as professor of history at the University of Alberta. He was also the associate director of the Peter Jacyk Center for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS).
Professor Plokhii’s research interests include the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Ukraine. He conducts courses and seminars on early modern and modern East European history, focusing upon the history of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Lithuania.
He is a leading authority on the history of Eastern Europe, with publications that include The Cossack Myth: History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires (Cambridge University Press, 2012); Yalta: The Price of Peace (Viking/Penguin, 2011); The Origins of the Slavic Nations:Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Unmaking Imperial Russia: Mykhailo Hrushevsky and the Writing of Ukrainian History (University of Toronto Press, 2005).
We all wish our new director many years of successful leadership and productive scholarship!