Happy 75th Birthday, George G. Grabowicz!

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The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University extends its warmest wishes and heartfelt greetings to George G. Grabowicz on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Throughout his extensive academic career, Grabowicz has profoundly influenced the development and advancement of Ukrainian studies at Harvard University and the institutional success of HURI. In his work as Dmytro Čyževs’kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature (since 1983) and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (1983-1988), Grabowicz gave the study of Ukrainian literature a seat at the table. While publishing regularly on a plethora of historical topics and individual writers from Ukrainian literature, he deepened the Ukrainian vein in Harvard’s humanities through courses on Ukrainian literature, comparative literature, and comparative Slavic literature.

As a professor, he has mentored, educated, and shaped the next generation of professionals and academics specializing in Ukrainian subject matter. A dynamic presence in the classroom, Grabowicz not only relays his knowledge, but engages his students in rigorous discussion and debate. Read more.

Digenis Akritis: A Border Guard Transcending Borders

Digenes Plate feature

A hybrid of oral epic and literary romance from 12th-century Byzantium, Digenis Akritis has it all: Bride-stealing and romance, bravery and battle, uncanny strength and folkloric anecdotes. While the hero works to safeguard the frontier regions of the empire, his parentage blurs the lines: His father an Arab emir, his mother the daughter of a Byzantine general. Like Digenis, the manuscripts we have today come from varied locales that transcend borders, resulting in several versions with unique features and local flavors.

One such version is the Old Slavic Digenis Akritis, which is at the core of Robert Romanchuk’s current project as a HURI Research Fellow. We sat down with Romanchuk for preliminary insight into his upcoming talk and his research at HURI. The talk, “The Old Slavic Digenis Akritis: Its ‘Formulaic Style’ and the Question of Adaptation or Translation” is at 4:30 pm on Monday, October 15, in Room S-050, CGIS South, Harvard University. All are welcome to attend. Read more.

Наукові стипендіати УНІГУ 2018 року

Fall Harvard Feature

Український науковий інститут Гарвардського університету від часів свого заснування приймає у себе науковців зі всього світу. Починаючи з 2001-го року, завдяки стипендії, яку заснували Евген і Деймел Шкляри, десятки істориків, філологів, політологів, літературознавців та соціологів мали змогу проводити інтенсивні дослідження в Гарварді й користуватися ресурсами та науковим потенціалом цього славетного науково-освітнього центру. Крім того, Інститут також має в своєму розпорядженні й інші стипендії для дослідників-україністів. Кошти для цих стипендій надходять із так званих іменних фондів, таких, як Фонд родини Алекса Воскоба (Воскобійника), Фонд д-ра Ярослава і Надії Михайчуків, а також із Фонду катедр українознавства, та щорічних пожертв численних благодійників.

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NOW HIRING: Director for HURI's New Contemporary Ukraine Program

Job Opening

Harvard is accepting applications to fill the role of Program Director for the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute. The holder of this position is charged with developing and managing a new program on contemporary Ukraine. The goal of the program is to support research on Ukraine’s contemporary foreign policy, domestic government and politics, and sociological and cultural trends of significance, and to serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas about Ukraine between the academic and policy communities.

The program director works with the faculty director and executive director to set a strategy and lead day-to-day management and implementation of the program. The program will encompass research, publications, seminars, and conferences. This position reports to the Executive Director. The official job listing can be found on Harvard's Job Search website. Read more.

Ukrainian Studies Fund Publications

The Ukrainian Studies Fund's Holodomor Series

The Holodomor Series reprints important out-of-print or hard-to-find studies on the Great Famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine. Each booklet offers a general introduction and specialized study on a selected topic. The Ukrainian Studies Fund, the public charity that has endowed chairs in Ukrainian history, literature, and linguistics at Harvard University as well as many of the activities of the Ukrainian Research Institute, is issuing this series in order to help increase public awareness and understanding of this twentieth century tragedy. For information on purchasing selections from the series or on obtaining review copies for faculty teaching Soviet or East European history, please send your request to huri@fas.harvard.edu (reference Ukrainian Studies Fund Holodomor Series).

From Kievan Rus' to Modern Ukraine: The Formation of the Ukrainian Nation

In the articles "The Traditional Scheme of 'Russian' History and the Problem of a Rational Organization of the History of the Eastern Slavs" by the great Ukrainian historian Myxajlo Hrushevs'kij and in "Ukraine and the Dialectics of Nation-Building" by Omeljan Pritsak and John Reshetar, the historical dimension of the question of Ukrainian national identity is addressed. These articles challenge the traditional Russian nationalist historiographic practice of using "Russia" as a designation for states and cultures as diverse as tenth-century Kievan Rus' and the twentieth-century Soviet Union. Introduction by James Cracraft.

40 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-2-1 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

The Catacomb Ukrainian Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II

Ivan Hvat

This booklet contains an article by Ivan Hvat, a number of documents from Ukrainian Catholics in the USSR, and the letter of John Paul II calling for the celebration of the Ukrainian Millennium. In his article "The Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Vatican and the Soviet Union during the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II," Ivan Hvat analyzes the stimulating effects of John Paul II's pontificate on Ukrainian Catholics in the USSR and the Soviet propaganda campaign against the pope. The documents provide a detailed picture of the struggle of Ukrainian Catholics for religious freedom in the Soviet Union.

30 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-5-6 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

Byzantine Roots of Ukrainian Christianity

Ihor Sevcenko

Under the Byzantine Christian influence, Kyivan Rus' flourished spiritually and culturally, producing important contributions to art, literature, and architecture in a short time. The two articles presented here, "The Christianization of Kievan Rus'" and "Byzantine Elements in Early Ukrainian Culture," explore the historical circumstances and impact of the conversion of Rus' and describe the position of Kyivan Rus' among Christian nations in the tenth century.

26 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-4-8 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00

The Many Worlds of Peter Mohyla

Ihor Sevcenko

In the seventeenth century, Ukrainian Orthodox learning and institutions made Kyiv an intellectual center of the Orthodox world. The second quarter of that century has often been called the age of Mohyla, in honor of Peter Mohyla, who devoted himself to the revival and reform of Orthodoxy in the metropolitan see of Kyiv. No aspect of ecclesiastical or cultural life remained untouched by this churchman, but his greatest achievement was the establishment of the Kyiv Collegian (later Academy) that bore his name. In 1984, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Harvard Ukrainian Studies published a special issue devoted to the school and its founder. The included article is from that issue; in the article, Professor Sevcenko demonstrates how Eastern and Western Christianity; the Latin, Greek, Slavonic, Ruthenian, and Polish literary traditions; and Romanian, Ukrainian, and Polish cultures all met in the person of the great metropolitan and in the Kyiv of his time.

44 pp. ISBN 0-9609822-7-2 (pamphlet) (HURI) $1.00



Monday, October 22, 2018 4:30pm - 6:15pm

Conceptualizing the Holodomor: Ukraine’s Great Famine from Lemkin to Applebaum
Gennadi Pobereƶny, HURI associate and visiting professor  of political science at the Ukrainian Free University (Munich, Germany) 
Room S-050, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

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