On March 25, 2014, the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students Association in cooperation with the PCUH hosted their annual campus-wide pysanka workshop. The pysanka is a rich cultural tradition embedded in Ukrainian culture, even pre-dating Christianity. The Ukrainian Students Association’s goal is to strengthen students’ ties to their Ukrainian heritage, as well as opening the door to anyone else who is interested.
This year’s event was a great success, with 28 people in attendance, including students from Ukraine, students wanting to embrace their Ukrainian roots and enthusiastic newcomers. Admission was by donation: the proceeds are going to Ukrainian Social Services, which financially assists those who have been affected by the very recent Euromaidan events.
The betrayal of Ukraine’s European future by the country’s governing elite and their subsequent attempt at brutally silencing both opponents and critics brought out hundreds of thousands in protest to Kyiv’s Independence Square or EuroMaidan during the winter of 2013-14. In the process, a national, political and social revolution took root and took shape. At the time, poster images, which adorned Kyiv’s Maidan, were produced. These capture the energy and vitality of the transformative process that occurred. Designed and created for mass distribution through the medium of the private printer, they testify to a deep desire for change and are symbolic of the best impulses of a society mobilizing in its own defense.
Organized by the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) at St. Thomas More College and curated by the Centre’s Director, Prof. Bohdan Kordan, an exhibit of a select fifty Maidan posters are on display at Oseredok. “This is a timely exhibit, one that speaks to the concerns of our community but also to a wider audience which is increasingly and deeply interested in the recent developments in Ukraine,” said the museum’s director Sophia Kachor. “We are very pleased to host this exhibit which has been made possible through our partnership with the PCUH.”
The exhibition is scheduled to run form March 10- March 29, 2014.
Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
184 Alexander Ave. East, Winnipeg
For a short video about this showing in Winnipeg, please click here.
The Art of Revolution, an exhibit focusing on recent dramatic events in Ukraine, opened at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada – Ontario Branch (Toronto), March 14, 2014. The exhibition consists of posters, images and objects from the Kyiv Maidan.
Structured in two complementary segments, the first part, titled “Go Ahead and Print,” features 50 posters that appeared in Kyiv’s Independence Square during the start of the Euromaidan protests. Eye-witness accounts of the early days of the crisis accompany the posters. The posters – artistically and graphically refined, often brilliant and witty, and sometimes heart-wrenching – are examples of democracy at work. They represent a brand new form of revolutionary art, enabling anyone with a home computer and printer to contribute while empowering everyone.
“Go Ahead and Print” is curated by Prof. Bohdan Kordan, Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. The posters are part of a multi-venue exhibition event, appearing simultaneously in museums and galleries across the country.
The exhibit’s second component is “A Protest in Focus,” featuring the dramatic images of Marta Iwanek, the young Canadian photojournalist who visited Kyiv from November 28, 2013 to January 1, 2014 and again from January 27 to February 6. Iwanek’s haunting photographs and videos capture her time on the Euromaidan and tell the intimate stories of the protesters with whom she lived and worked
Mementos and artifacts from the Euromaidan – brought home to Canada by members of Toronto’s Ukrainian community – accompany these images of an unfolding, modern revolution.
The PCUH Policy Forum Series was created for the express purpose of inviting recognized authorities in the field to speak on issues that bear on the welfare, security and interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian-Canadians. The forum provides, within an informal setting, an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on current issues that have policy relevance and implications.
On 13 March 2014, Dr. Oksana Kis, Senior Research Fellow, Ukraine’s Academy of Sciences and the Stuart Tompkins Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, will speak on the subject of feminism in contemporary Ukraine – its genesis, evolution and the challenges the movement faces today. The presentation entitled “Feminism in Contemporary Ukraine: From ‘Allergen’ to Last Hope” is scheduled for 4:00 pm, Rm. 1001, St. Thomas More College.
This event is made possible with support from endowment funds at the PCUH and in association with the Women and Gender Studies Program, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Saskatchewan.
At 12:00 pm, 6 March 2014, the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students Association will organize a candlelight vigil in the shadow the Lesya Ukrainka statue on the university campus. The vigil is being held to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Ukraine during the current political crisis.
Victoriya Kalchenko, an International Studies major and chief organizer of the event, states: “Students at the University of Saskatchewan, as well other concerned citizens, are invited to come together on campus to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine. There is a real threat of war and we want peace for Ukraine. This ceremony is a small gesture, on our part, in support of the people of Ukraine who both desire and deserve peace. It is symbolic. But it shows what is in our hearts and minds.”
The purpose of the university-based student group is to provide a social context in which interest in Ukrainian culture and issues are nurtured and encouraged amongst students on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
This event is sponsored by the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) at St. Thomas More College. The PCUH enthusiastically promotes the activities of the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students’ Association through financial assistance and institutional support.
To read the remarks shared by Professor Bohdan Kordan at this vigil, please click here.