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Registration opens on March 2, 2020 and must be completed through the Summer School website.

Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge

Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

This 8-credit 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.

PREREQUISITES: 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. (8 credits; UKRN S-G)

Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Ukrainian Literature: Rethinking the Canon

George Grabowicz, Dmytro Cyzevs'kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University

This course is a survey of the major writers and works of Ukrainian literature from the 1920s to the present, with a special focus on how their reception and evaluation has been reconfigured by Ukraine's independence. The course examines topics including modernism and postmodernism, the "executed renaissance," socialist realism, the literature of dissent and emigration, and underground and post-Soviet literature, as well as addressing problems and misperceptions of Ukrainian writers and works. (4 credits; UKRN S-101)

PREREQUISITES: Reading knowledge of Ukrainian, or permission of the instructor.

Tradition and Modernity in Ukraine, 19th and 20th Centuries

Serhiy Bilenky, Research Associate, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

The main focus of this course is on the cities and complex relations between tradition and modernity in Ukraine in a wider imperial and transnational context. The course introduces students to the most important social, political, and cultural issues facing modern Ukraine, from the imperial to Soviet and post-Soviet times, primarily in urban settings. We consider major cities such as Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro, as well as Jewish shtetls and monuments of Soviet industrial sublime, such as the Dnipro Hydroelectric Station. We explore such topics as the reactionary responses to modernity ranging from anti-semitism to religious conservatism; the central role of the city and urbanization; making and unmaking of nationalities; public hygiene and the limits of control; revolutionary culture and artistic avant-garde; the long-lasting effects of wars and extreme violence on society; the curse of resources; and the rise of mass culture and sport, among others. Students learn why studying Ukraine is essential for our understanding of the modern world. (4 credits; UKRN S-132)