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Richard Pipes, longtime friend and supporter of the Institute (1923-2018)

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It is with sadness that HURI received news of Richard Pipes's death on May 17, 2018. A longtime friend and supporter of the Institute, Pipes was a former graduate student and Professor Emeritus of the History Department at Harvard University. A brief biography and information about tomorrow's funeral services, shared by his son Daniel, follows.

Richard Pipes, the Frank B Baird, Jr Professor of History, Emeritus, at Harvard University, born July 11, 1923, died this morning, May 17, in the Boston area. Born in Poland, Professor Pipes arrived in the United States as a refugee from the Nazis in 1940. He served in U.S. Army Air Corps, where he learned Russian, and entered Harvard as a graduate student in 1946, staying at the university until his retirement in 1996. His speciality was imperial Russian history and the Russian Revolution; he trained thousands of undergraduates and dozens of doctoral students. He was also active in formulating and executing US policy toward the Soviet Union, heading the Team B Project (sponsored by President Gerald Ford), which assessed the military capabilities of the USSR in 1976, and serving for two years, 1981-83, on President Ronald Reagan’s White House National Security Council. He is survived by his wife, Irene, two children, and four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held tomorrow, Friday, May 18, at 1:00 pm at Section B, Lot 189 at the Beth Israel Memorial Park, 190 South St, Waltham, MA 02453. If you plan to attend, please come 15-30 minutes in advance and note that there are no facilities at the graveside.

Директори УНІГУ про Свої Плани та Досягнення: Роман Шпорлюк (1996 – 2003)

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50 років тому в Гарвардському університеті було засновано програму українознавчих досліджень, першу в Сполучених Штатах Америки. Ми поставили нинішньому та кожному з попередніх директорів – за винятком Омеляна Пріцака (1919 – 2006), який першим очолював УНІГУ із 1973 по 1989 роки – кілька питань:

Під час Вашого перебування на посаді директора як Ви особисто формулювали для себе ті пріоритети та завдання, над якими мусив працювати УНІГУ? Які з цих цілей Вам вдалося досягти? Які перешкоди Ви мусили для того подолати? І що, на Вашу думку, було Вашим найбільшим досягненням на цій посаді?

Першим на ці питання відповів історик Роман Шпорлюк. Далі читайте тут.

Chernobyl's Warnings: When Hubris Meets "Atoms for Peace"

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As we commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster on Thursday, April 26, 2018, Serhii Plokhii will give a talk uncovering the nuances and untold stories of the 1986 tragedy. The talk, "Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster," is cosponsored by HURI, the Davis Center, and the Center for the Environment at Harvard University. Free and open to the public, it takes place from 5:00-6:30pm in Room 113, Sever Hall, Harvard Yard.

What makes this talk particularly exciting is the launch of Plokhii's latest book: Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Plokhy, Basic Books, 2018), which is the first comprehensive history written about the disaster, its causes, and its aftermath all the way through to 2017. Drawing on newly available sources, this is the definitive account of the incident and an essential resource for those who wish to understand its history or consider the potential risks of today's nuclear projects. Read this Q&A to learn more, including why he uses "Chernobyl" not "Chornobyl" in this case.

Гості УНІГУ: Нові Обличчя

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Український науковий інститут Гарвардського університету від часів свого заснування у 1973-му році продовжує притягувати до себе не лише вчених, державних діячів, політиків та митців, але й усіх, для кого слово «Україна» є чимось більшим, ніж просто географічна назва. Книга почесних гостей УНІГУ рясніє іменами видатних науковців, послів, духовних осіб (серед них – єпископ Кароль Войтила, який невдовзі став Папою Римським Іваном-Павлом ІІ), урядовців (Президент України Леонід Кравчук відвідав Інститут у свій найперший візит до США), бізнесменів, економістів, художників, поетів та музикантів.

Але ніхто не веде обліку тих «простих» українців та американців чи канадців українського походження, для яких ця установа стала своєрідним магнітом, острівцем Батьківщини в океані американської науки й освіти. Далі читайте тут.

Forgotten History: A Rus' Princess Ruling Poland

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The story of Gremislava Ingvarovna, a medieval Rus’ princess who became the bride of a Polish king, is at the center of Dr. Talia Zajac’s ongoing research. Zajac, a Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow at HURI, earned her PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She’s currently working on a project titled, “Forgotten Female Rulers of Medieval Europe: Reconstructing the Reigns of Ten Early Rus’ Queens, Noblewomen, and Princesses, 1000-1250.”

On Monday, March 26, 2018, she presented her initial findings at the Seminar for Ukrainian Studies. Through her research, she shows that uncovering the stories of influential women not only restores what history books forgot, but also provides information about influential events. Ahead of her talk, Zajac answered a few of our questions, offering a glimpse into the life, world, and impact of Gremislava Ingvarovna. Read more.

Oleh Kotsyuba: HURI's New Manager of Publications

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Earlier this year, HURI was thrilled to welcome Dr. Oleh Kotsyuba as its new Manager of Publications. In this role, Kotsyuba will carry on the work of his predecessors and guide the program through the challenges and opportunities of present-day academia.

“The initial mission of the Institute’s publications program was to publish what no one else would, at a time when Ukrainian studies as a field didn’t really exist,” he noted. “Now, the Ukrainian studies field is thriving. Therefore, the role of our publications program is evolving.”

Drawing on his familiarity with HURI, his background in Slavic studies, and his professional experience, Kotsyuba already has ambition plans for the department, from streamlining processes with technology to expanding the scope of the program's subject matter. Read more.

Shklar and Mihaychuk Fellows 2009–2010



Shklar Fellows

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Ines Garcia de la Puente received her doctorate in Slavic philology and Indo-European linguistics from the Complutense University, Madrid, in 2006. Garcia will use her fellowship tenure this fall to focus on the topic “From Kyiv to Rome along the Ladoga: Reassessing Trade Routes in Rus´,” a topic that she began researching in 2008 under a postdoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. She aims to shed new light on the traditional interpretation of the “route from the Varangians to the Greeks” as described in the Primary Chronicle. She plans to conduct a linguistic analysis of the description of the route in the chronicle, completing an intratextual analysis of the Primary Chronicle, and then contrasting the linguistic and intratextual analyses within their historical and archeological contexts.

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Robert Kusnierz is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of History, Pomeranian University, in Slupsk, Poland. He received his Ph.D. in History in 2004 from the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin. While at Harvard in the fall semester, Kusnierz will study Poland’s attitude toward the Holodomor and the Great Terror in Ukraine (1932–1938) and how these events influenced Polish-Soviet relations.

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Iryna Vushko received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2008 and recently completed a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy. While at Harvard this fall, Vushko will be researching the topic “Enlightened Absolutism, Imperial Bureaucracy, and Provincial Society: The Austrian Project to Transform Galicia, 1772–1815.” Vushko’s work will analyze the Austrian bureaucratic modernization of Galicia between its annexation by the Habsburg monarchy in 1772 and the final settlements of the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The reforms of Austrian Empire bureaucrats in Galicia were meant to replace Polish institutions with new Austrian ones and to forge political loyalty among the local Poles, Ruthenians, and Jews. Rather than promoting uniformity, these actions created new identities and reinforced existing identities that were intended to be suppressed. Indirectly, they gave rise to modern nationalism in Galicia. Vushko will analyze the long-term effects of these eighteenth-century reforms in the transformation of early modern ethnicities into modern nationalities and consequently the emergence of rival national movement in Galicia.

Mihaychuk Fellows

Rostyslav Melnykiv is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ukrainian Literature at the Skovoroda National Pedagogical University of Kharkiv. He received a Kandydat nauk in philology from Kharkiv State University in 1998. His area of interest is Ukrainian literature of the twentieth century, focusing on the 1920s and 1930s. Melnykiv will spend the spring semester at Harvard looking at the models of “ideal literature” and “ideal fiction” that participants in the literary discussions attempted to define. As Melnykiv observes, the origin of dominant aesthetic ideas, their formation, and further transformation are crucial for understanding the intellectual basis of the literary discussions and processes of the 1920s and on the whole.

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Tetyana Portnova is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Historiography and the Study of Sources and Archives at Dnipropetrovsk National University. She received her Kandydat nauk in history there in 2008. During her fellowship this fall, Portnova plans to research peasantry and peasant culture in Ukrainian public discourse during the second half of the nineteenth century. She will study the social and cultural reasons behind the peasantry’s emergence, the underlying motives for that emergence, and the significance of societal notions about the peasantry for the community in which they functioned. As part of the study, Portnova plans to place the development of the Ukrainian conception of the peasantry into the broader perspective of the national movements of Central and Eastern Europe.

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