Professor Khanenko-Friesen: 2015-16 STM Teaching Award Recipient

Professor Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Professor of Anthropology and PCUH Research Associate, was recently recognized with the 2015-16 St Thomas More College Teaching Award, granted to a faculty member based on student nominations and recommendations from an adjudicating faculty committee. The committee cited Professor Khanenko-Friesen’s commitment to community engaged learning, use of creative pedagogical tools, and innovative forms of teaching in the classroom as the basis for the award.

Joining St Thomas Morekhanenko-friesen College (STM) in 2001, Dr. Khanenko-Friesen played a key role in developing both the college’s Ukrainian Studies Minor degree and the study abroad offering –‘Spring Session in Ukraine’. The ‘Spring Session in Ukraine’ is conceived as an intensive language and culture immersion program coordinated jointly by St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan. It is offered overseas in Ternopil, Ukraine in co-operation with a partner institution, Ternopil National Pedagogical University. From the program’s inception, Dr. Khanenko-Friesen was instrumental in engaging STM students with this opportunity abroad and teaching students a culture course to complement their language training. Both the Ukrainian Studies Minor degree and Spring Session in Ukraine programs are supported by the PCUH.

STM Courses taught by Natalia Khanenko-Friesen:

ANTH 111.3 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 227.3 Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe
ANTH 233.3 Anthropological perspectives on Ukraine
ANTH 330.3 Oral History and Storytelling: Anthropological perspectives
INTS 202.3 Ukrainian History and Culture: An Introduction
RLST 413.3 Ritual and Narrative: Anthropological Perspectives

New York, New York

The PCUH travelling exhibit “Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920” opened September 10-11, 2016 at the Ukrainian Museum of New York, located on Manhattan’s lower eastside. Part of the celebration commemorating 25 years of Ukrainian independence, the exhibit accompanies an adjoining exhibition organized by Ukraine’s National Bank and UkrPost, Ukraine’s national postal service, titled “In Metal, On Paper: Coins, Banknotes, and Postage Stamps of Independent Ukraine, 1991-2016.”


Prof. Bohdan Kordan at the Ukrainian Museum of New York, Sept 11, 2016

The opening was attended by members of the Ukrainian diplomatic community in New York and Washington, representatives of Ukraine’s national bank and postal service, and the wider Ukrainian community of the US eastern seaboard. Prof. Bohdan Kordan, PCUH director and curator of the exhibit, delivered a talk at the event on sovereignty and its symbolic depiction on currency during this period of tremendous political turbulence, emphasizing the important role it would play in the development of Ukrainian national identity and political consciousness.

Organized the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage in association with the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Saskatoon), this is the final venue for this exhibit that has been travelling since 2013. It is scheduled to run September 11 – November 27, 2016 at the Ukrainian Museum of New York. For more information, see


New PCUH Research Affiliate Appointed


Dr. Alan Anderson

Alan Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, has been appointed PCUH Research Affiliate. A specialist in ethnic identification and ethnic settlements in Saskatchewan, he authored the Ethnic Settlements section of the Atlas of Saskatchewan (2000) and was Contributing Editor in demography and ethnic settlements of the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (2005). His latest book Settling Saskatchewan (2013) centres on the history and changing demographics of ethnic settlements in Saskatchewan. He is also author of a current report on “The Origins and Changing Identities of Ethnic Germans in Ukraine and Their Descendants in Saskatchewan” published in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and German by the Institute of Ukrainian-German Historical Research, Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University. His research at PCUH will focus on the historical demography of Ukrainian settlements in Saskatchewan and changing Ukrainian identity in Saskatchewan.

Prof. Anderson served as Vice-President of the Central and East European Studies Association of Canada (1977-82), President of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (1989-91), and is currently a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Engaged Scholar Journal.

Successful MA Thesis Defence

On 26 August 2016, Mr. Leland MacLachlan, a graduate student in the University of Saskatchewan’s Dept of Political Studies, successfully defended his MA thesis titled “Democracy Promotion or Self Promotion? Canadian Bilateral Electoral Observation Missions to Ukraine, 2004-14.”  An integral part of Canada’s development assistance to Ukraine and part of Canada’s engagement with democratization efforts abroad, Canada has recently undertaken a series of bilateral electoral observation missions to Ukraine. The scale, scope and bilateral character of these missions — unusual by any measure — underscore Canada’s unique and ‘special’ relationship with Ukraine. But given that international standards and norms are to be respected, this also suggests possible difficulties associated with the rationale, objectives, and nature of these missions. Utilizing mission reports, government documents and also relying on expert interviews with observer participants, Mr. MacLachlan examines the rationale, objectives, and nature of Canada’s recent bilateral electoral observation missions to Ukraine, exploring many of these concerns and criticisms.

This thesis was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Bohdan Kordan as part of the PCUH’s Canada-Ukraine Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to nurture and encourage a wider understanding of current Canada-Ukraine relations at the governmental and non-governmental level.

Leland MacLachlan MA Thesis Committee (left to right): Roy Romanow (member); Bohdan Kordan (supervisor); Leland MacLachlan (candidate); Natalia Khanenko-Friesen (external member); Joe Garcea (member); Neil Hibbert (chair)

Leland MacLachlan MA Thesis Committee (left to right): Roy Romanow (member); Bohdan Kordan (supervisor); Leland MacLachlan (candidate); Natalia Khanenko-Friesen (external member); Joe Garcea (member); Neil Hibbert (chair)