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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.

HURI Fellows 2004-2005



Lilya Berezhnaya currently is a research fellow at Central European University, Budapest, where she earned her Ph.D. in history in 2003. She will spend four months at Harvard (February–May 2005) to work on the topic “Death and the Afterlife in Early Modern Ukrainian Culture.” Berezhnaya will study attitudes toward death and the afterlife as they were manifested in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Uniate cultures of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The fellowship is funded by the Dr. Roman and Patrylo Moroz endowed gift in support of research fellows at HURI, and by the Oksana Czeredarczuk Folwarkiw Ukrainian Fund.

Bilenky
Serhiy Bilenky, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto, earned his kandydat degree in history in 2001 from Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. He will spend eight months at Harvard (September–April 2005), working on the topic “Eastern Europe in Search of a Nation: Romantic Nationalism and Imagined Communities in Ukraine, Poland, and Russia in the 1830s and 1840s.” He will examine how modern Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian national identities were constructed and mapped during the Romantic period 1830–1850. This fellowship is funded by the Ukrainian Studies Fund, Inc. endowed gift in support of research in Ukrainian studies at HURI, and the Ihor and Oksana Humeniuk Ukrainian Fund in support of research in Ukrainian history.

Chornovol
Ihor Chornovol currently holds the title of Researcher at the Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv. He earned his kandydat degree in history in 1995 from the same institution. He will spend four months at Harvard (September–December 2004), working on the topic “‘Wild West’ and ‘Wild Fields’: The Frontier in American and Ukrainian History.” His research will focus on a comparison of Ukrainian and American history in the context of Frederick Jackson Turner’s theory of the “frontier.” This fellowship is funded by the Mr. and Mrs. Alex Woscob endowed gift in support of scholars conducting research on issues related to Ukrainian history.

Glaser
Amelia Glaser recently completed her Ph.D. in literature at Stanford University. From September through December 2004, she will conduct research on the topic “To Market: Jewish-Slavic Exchange in East European Literatures.” In particular, she will assess the importance of marketplace exchange in the literatures of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Ukraine (Ukrainian, Russian, and Yiddish). This fellowship is funded by the Michael Novak endowed gift fund in support of HURI fellows.

Henry Hale, an assistant professor of political science at Indiana University, earned his Ph.D. in 1998 at Harvard. During the summer of 2004, Hale worked at the Institute on the topic “Ukraine’s Drive for Independence and Theories of Ethnic Politics,” focusing on the question of how much “identity” politics lies at the root of separatism, especially in Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Continuing this research in the fall of 2004, he plans to develop new theoretical insights into identity to explain how and under what conditions ethnicity matters in political events. This fellowship is funded by the Wolodymyr Smigurowskyi endowed gift in support of scholarship at HURI.

Papusha
Ihor Papusha is lecturer of philology at Ternopil State Pedagogical University. He earned his kandydat degree in literature in 1998 from Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. At Harvard, he will be in residence for eight months (September 2004–April 2005), conducting research on the topic “Ukrainian Literature in Narrative Perspective.” Comparative in nature, this study will address problems pertaining to the study of narratology in Ukrainian literature in both European and American contexts. This fellowship is funded by the Dr. Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk endowed gift in support of postdoctoral research at HURI.

Liudmila Sharipova is Sustasoma Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, where she received her Ph.D. degree in 1999. She will spend four months at Harvard (February–May 2005), conducting research on the single surviving manuscript of Petro Mohyla’s “Knyha dushi,” a rendition into Ukrainian of the famous work by Thomas à Kempis entitled The Imitation of Christ. Her hypothesis is that this study will yield deeper insights into Mohyla’s point of view on religious issues as he began his ecclesiastical career, as well as some of the broader applications by Ukrainian Orthodox literati of Western sources in the early modern period. This fellowship is funded by the Lubomyra Hladky endowed gift in support of visiting scholars’ research at HURI.

Stryjek
Tomasz Stryjek is adjunct professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he received his Ph.D. in 1996. While at Harvard (September–December 2004), he will examine the broad issues of nation and nationalism by analyzing categories evident in twentieth-century Soviet social thought and in various theories of history developed by independent Ukrainian thinkers, including many in the diaspora. This fellowship is funded by the Mr. and Mrs. Alex Woscob endowed gift in support of scholars conducting research on issues related to Ukrainian history.

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