The University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students Association’s (USUSA) sought to increase awareness of the Holodomor on campus by screening the documentary “Genocide Reveled.” Introduced by USUSA President Jenna Sakowsky, with brief after-film comments by PCUH Director Professor Bohdan Kordan, the event proved a success with roughly 60 people braving the early-winter cold to view the award-winning film by Montreal filmmaker Yuriy Luhovy.
An initiative of the on-campus Ukrainian Students Association, the event was co-hosted by the PCUH, which provided financial and institutional support for the venture. Much appreciated donations gathered at the event by the USUSA will be used on an on-going basis to help support workshops as well as other events for students and the larger Ukrainian community.
PCUH Faculty Associates Professors Natalia Khanenko-Friesen and Bohdan Kordan were invited to participate in a Holodomor symposium, which took place at the University of Victoria, November 15, 2013. The subject matter of the symposium was “Teaching the Holodomor.” Professors Khanenko-Friesen and Kordan spoke about alternative disciplinary perspectives on the Holodomor as part of a larger discussion regarding the Holodomor as a subject of study and teaching at the post-secondary and secondary school levels.
The symposium is an initiative of the Ukrainian Studies Society of Vancouver Island and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria and coincides with local events as well as other efforts nation-wide to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-33 – the Holodmor.
On Tuesday, November 5th, the PCUH in association with the STM Dean’s Office co-hosted the annual Ukrainian Studies Reception.
The many students in attendance were informed about all aspects of Ukrainian Studies on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Representatives from the STM Dean’s Office and Ukrainian Studies faculty spoke briefly about the Minor in Ukrainian Studies, Scholarships and Awards, Ukrainian language courses on campus, Spring Session in Ukraine study abroad program, and PCUH activities.
Hosts of the 2013 Ukrainian Studies Reception: STM Associate Dean Dr. Darrell McLaughlin, STM Dean Dr. Carl Still, Ukrainian Studies Chair Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, PCUH Director Dr. Bohdan Kordan, SSU Coordinator and Ukrainian language instructor Prof. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk.
The president of the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students Association, Jenna Sakowsky, also promoted the club and its activities, announcing several upcoming events.
Thank you to everyone who attended, including the organizers, scholarship donors and, most importantly, the students!