Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge

Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

This 8-credit language course is designed primarily for graduate students of the humanities and social sciences who wish to acquire a reading knowledge of Ukrainian for research purposes. Texts from a variety of fields are used. Reading selections include annotated articles on contemporary issues in business, economics, politics, science, technology, environment, and culture. Prerequisite: Some previous background in Ukrainian, Russian, or other Slavic languages with permission of the instructor. This course meets 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, four hours daily, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks, a total of 140 contact hours of instruction. This is a FLAS eligible course. (8 credits)

Revolutionary Ukraine: Avant-garde Literature and Film from 1917 to the Euromaidan of 2014

Prof. George Grabowicz, Dmytro Čyževs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Focus on Ukrainian avant-garde literature and film, in the context of modernism, socialist realism, the impact of Stalinism, the famine (Holodomor), WWII and the Holocaust, late Sovietism and dissent, Crimea and the Tatars, collapse of the USSR and independence, varieties of post-modernism, and the present conflict with Russia. Also forays into visual art.

Society, Culture, and Politics in Modern Ukraine

Serhiy Bilenky, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

This 4-credit course focuses on the history of modern Ukraine through the study of its society, culture, and politics since the late 18th century. Ukraine will be analyzed from a territorial concept consisting of the historical experiences of major communities such as Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, and Russians. The course will illuminate how ethnic Ukrainians, despite enormous obstacles, have become the dominant group in the formation of contemporary Ukraine. Students will also discuss different social, economic and regional cleavages that permeate contemporary Ukrainian politics. Among other topics to be covered will be: multicultural life in Ukraine’s cities such as Kyiv and Odessa; nationalism, communism and anarchism in the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921; Ukraine as a “bloodland” in the 20th century; and how popular culture and football have shaped contemporary Ukraine. (4 credits)

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