Beyond the Battle: Insights from HURI's Latest Book on Language in Ukraine

The articles gathered in this book are the fruit of a conference organized to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Valuev Circular, which restricted the use of the Ukrainian language in print. In planning the event, Lubomyr Hajda (Senior Advisor to the Director of HURI), Andrea Graziosi (Professor of History, University of Naples Federico II), and Michael S. Flier (Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard) developed the topic through a broader, more comprehensive approach.

“On the one hand, we [planned to] follow the trajectory of the emergence of Ukrainian in southern Rus’ in the medieval period, its history of waxing and waning in the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires and in the Soviet Union, and its record as the official state language of independent Ukraine,” Flier said. “On the other hand, we wanted to gain deeper insight from a comparative perspective by investigating other instances of language competition within the confines of a single state.”

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Welcome, HUSI Class of 2017!

The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) began its 47th annual program on Saturday, June 17. Over the weekend, students from around the country and the world kicked off the start of the summer term with orientation activities.

Over the next few months, our students, faculty, and guest speakers will create the strong community that sets HUSI apart from other academic summer programs. We’re excited to see the unique contributions each student brings, drawing on their diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

As the program progresses, the students will share their reflections and insights on our HUSI blog, so check back often for a little taste of life at the Institute. For now, meet a few of our students and join us in welcoming them!

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The Battle for Ukrainian: A New Book from HURI Publications

HURI is pleased to announce the publication of its latest volume,The Battle for Ukrainian: A Comparative Perspective. Edited by Michael S. Flier and Andrea Graziosi, this collection of 24 articles is a monumental study of the Ukrainian language and its place in Ukraine over the course of 150 years. To put the study and Ukrainian's path into perspective, the volume includes case studies of other multilingual nations that have had to negotiate language policy.

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