Forgotten History: A Rus' Princess Ruling Poland

A medieval Rus’ princess travels west to start her new life as the bride of a Polish king, bringing westward, too, her natal Eastern Christianity that is increasingly at odds with the Western Church. One year after bearing her firstborn son, she suddenly finds herself widowed in this foreign land, her husband murdered. To protect her son’s right to the throne against the treacherous schemes of the child’s uncle, she acts as the young king’s regent and then unofficial advisor. Together with her son, she issues dozens of charters, influences economic matters, constructs a church, and carries out a wide range of political duties during a decisive time in Ukraine’s historical development. 

This is the story of Gremislava Ingvarovna, the 13th century Rus’ princess who 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.”

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Oleh Kotsyuba: HURI's New Manager of Publications

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is pleased to welcome Dr. Oleh Kotsyuba as its new Manager of Publications. No stranger to HURI and with extensive experience in publications, Kotsyuba is a welcome addition to our team.

Kotsyuba is a longstanding member of the HURI community. He was involved with the Institute throughout his graduate studies at Harvard, where he earned his PhD, and most recently as a Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk Postdoctoral Research Fellow. A regular participant at HURI seminars and lectures, Kotsyuba has actively contributed to HURI’s academic discussions, and has given presentations at HUSI and the Seminars in Ukrainian Studies. As a Mihaychuk Research Fellow, he worked on the strategies used by Ukrainian writers of the late 1970s and 1980s to disengage from the Soviet state.

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Сергій Плохій - Лауреат Шевченківської премії

Президент України Петро Порошенко вручив Національні премії ім. Тараса Шевченка лауреатам 2018 року у категоріях література, публіцистика, музичне мистецтво, візуальне мистецтво та кіномистецтво. Лауреатом у категорії «Публіцистика» став доктор історичних наук, директор Українського наукового інституту Гарвардського університету, автор книги «Брама Європи. Історія України від скіфських воєн до незалежності» Сергій Плохій.

President Poroshenko awarded Serhii Plokhii the Shevchenko National Prize at a ceremony on March 9, 2018 for his book The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. The National Prize, which is named after Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko, was given in the categories of literature, non-fiction, music, visual art, and cinema. Plokhii won in the non-fiction category.

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