Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
This 8-unit 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.
Michael Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University
An exploration of the Ukrainian language in linguistic, historical, sociolinguistic, anthropological, and political terms. Topics will include the historical emergence of Ukrainian on East Slavic territory, its varied relationships to Russian, the status of Rusyn within the Ukrainian language sphere, the typology and function of Ukrainian linguistic hybrids (surzhyk), current problems of Ukrainian standardization, and Ukrainian language politics.
Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
The history of Ukrainian territory and its people within a broad context of political, social and cultural changes in Eastern Europe in the course of the half of a millennium. Special emphasis on the role of Ukraine as a cultural frontier of Europe, positioned on the border between settled areas and Eurasian steppes, Christianity and Islam, Orthodoxy and Catholicism, as well as a battleground of major imperial and national projects of modern era.