Public Health in Ukraine in Wartime: Q&A with Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll, a research associate at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, will give a talk entitled "Beyond Biological Citizenship: Public Health in Ukraine in Wartime" at HURI's Seminar in Ukrainian Studies on February 27th, 2017. Carroll notes that, following the Russian annexation of Crimea and outbreak of military conflict in eastern Ukraine, public health institutions have found themselves caught between the human right to health and state-citizen relationships. During her talk, Carroll will consider "how numerous individuals—whether they are HIV patients in Slavyansk, internally displaced persons living in Kharkiv, or LGBTQ activists working in Kyiv—find themselves slotted into social categories that are always already othered." At the same time, she'll show how public health institutions play a role in solidifying conceptions of "us" and "them." All are welcome to attend the seminar. 

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The Man with the Poison Gun: Q&A with Serhii Plokhii

The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story, Serhii Plokhy’s latest publication, tells the captivating story of Bohdan Stashinsky, a KGB assassin who eventually defected to the West. The product of meticulous archival research, the book sheds new light on this thrilling real-life drama.

While there are good reasons to associate a KGB assassin with a cold-blooded killer, Stashinsky’s path to that role was far more complicated and tragic. Forced to cooperate in order to save his family from arrest, he agreed to be a KGB informant and was subsequently groomed to serve as an assassin.

We sat down with Serhii Plokhy to ask him a few questions about the book, his research process, and the interesting surprises he uncovered.

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Fashisty: Q&A with Marlene Laruelle

On Monday, February 13, 2017, Marlene Laruelle from George Washington University will give HURI’s Seminar in Ukrainian Studies. Entitled, "Fashisty! Russian Nationalists and the War in Ukraine: The Semantics of Fascism and Conservatism in Russia," her talk will examine a re-invigorated political tool utilized by Russia in the current war with Ukraine. By labelling Kyiv’s government as fascists, Russia is evoking its historical enemies, Laruelle says. However, while condemning Ukrainians as fascists, Russia has been supporting far right groups throughout Europe, painting them as guardians of true European values.

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