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.

Summer Research Travel Grant Program 2018

Both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Harvard are invited to apply to the HURI Summer Research Travel Grant Program for support to conduct projects in Ukraine during the summer of 2018. Grants of up to $2,000 for graduate students and $1,500 for undergraduates will be available for travel and research expenses. Students wishing to apply for a HURI summer research travel grant must prepare an application using Harvard's Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Completed CARAT forms and additional required materials are to be uploaded in the CARAT system by the end of Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Application proposals will be reviewed by HURI’s selection committee and decisions will be announced by mid-April.

Questions regarding HURI’s summer travel research grants should be addressed to Tymish J. Holowinsky, Executive Director, tel. 617-495-4081, holowins@fas.harvard.edu.

Read about some of our past travel grant recipients here.

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