Holodomor Awareness Week: A PCUH and USUSA Collaboration

For the past several years the PCUH and the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Student’s Association (USUSA) have sought to promote awareness of the tragedy of the Ukrainian Terror-Famine or Holodomor, which claimed millions of lives in Ukraine during the period of Soviet collectivization, 1932-33. This year was no exception with an invitation being extended to Ms. Andrea Chalupa of New York. Ms. Chalupa is a journalist and the author of Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm. She has written for TIME, The Atlantic, Daily Beast, and Forbes and is a founder of DigitalMaidan – an online movement that made the Ukrainian protests a trending topic on Twitter worldwide. More recently, she completed a film screenplay, Man Made, a work inspired by her grandfather’s memoir about Stalin’s artificial famine.

Andrea Chalupa at J.S. Wood Library

Andrea Chalupa at J.S. Wood Library

On November 16, the PCUH and USUSA co-hosted a lecture delivered by Ms. Chalupa in STM’s Father O’Donnell Auditorium, where she discussed the famine in the context of Soviet rule in Ukraine and its subsequent denial and cover-up, assessing the experience with reference to the current conflict in eastern Ukraine. On November 17 at the J.S. Wood Branch of the Saskatoon Public Library, Ms. Chalupa read excerpts from her book Orwell and the Refugees, describing the importance of Orwell’s work for the generation of post-war refugees who fled Soviet repression and sought to convey their own lived experience under Soviet rule by way of memoirs and personal accounts.

USUSA members with Ms. Chalupa at the Holodomr Lecture

USUSA members with Ms. Chalupa at the Holodomr Lecture

The USUSA will hold a vigil at the Lesya Ukrainka Garden on the UofS campus, November 26, 2015, 12:30 pm to commemorate the Holodomor.

PCUH Director Participates in Internment Film Project

The Saskatchewan Railway Museum, located 5 kilometers west of Saskatoon, is the original site of a WWI internment camp. The camp, in existence February-March 1919, was part of Canada’s first national internment operations and the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan. The PCUH Director, Dr. Bohdan Kordan, who has written a short history of the camp and was instrumental in creating a memorial at the site, was asked to participate in a feature length documentary and webseries titled “The Camps” produced by Armistice Films of Toronto. The goal of the film project is to survey all of 24 WWI internment camps in Canada, providing a narrative of this relatively unknown page in Canadian history. Filming took place November 4, 2015 at the site under the direction of Mr. Ryan Boyko of Armistice Films.

Prof. Kordan and Ryan Boyko, director, on film location at the Eaton Internment Memorial site.

Prof. Kordan and Ryan Boyko, director, on film location at the Eaton Internment Memorial site.

 

2015 Ukrainian Studies Reception

The PCUH was proud to co-host the annual reception for Ukrainian Studies at the U of S with the STM Dean’s Office on Thursday, October 29th. The reception featured an overview of Ukrainian initiatives and programs on campus, including the work of the PCUH, the Ukrainian language program, the Minor in Ukrainian Studies, scholarships and awards in Ukrainian studies, the Spring Session in Ukraine study-abroad program, and the activities of the U of S Ukrainian Students’ Association. Many students were in attendance this year, along with STM colleagues, former faculty, and community supporters. 20151029_155923

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