Dr. Alan Anderson renewed as PCUH Research Affiliate

The University of Saskatchewan Professor Emeritus of Sociology has served as a Research Affiliate of PCUH since 2016.

The Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) is pleased to share that the Dean’s Office of St. Thomas More College has renewed Dr. Alan Anderson’s term as a PCUH Research Affiliate. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972, Dr. Anderson has devoted himself to researching and writing on the province’s ethnic settlements.

More recently, Dr. Anderson authored the section on Ethnic Bloc Settlements,1850s-1990s, in the Atlas of Saskatchewan (2000), he was a contributing editor for ethnic settlements and demography in the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (2005), and he was the author of Settling Saskatchewan (2013).

He has been guest editor of recent special issues of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, respectively on “Minority Rights and the New Migration” (Volume 16 Issue 2, 2017) and “Separatist Movements in Europe” (Volume 17 Issue 3, 2018); the latter issue included his review article on A. Matveeva, Through Times of Trouble: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within.

In addition to his research and writing, Dr. Anderson has served as president of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association and as vice-president of the Central and East European Studies Association of Canada.

New appointment – Chair of Ukrainian Studies Minor Advisory Committee

The Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk as the Chair of the Ukrainian Studies Minor Advisory Committee at St. Thomas More College.

Dr. Foty-Oneschuk is an instructor of Ukrainian language, a cultural ethnographer, and a folklorist, with an expertise in Ukrainian Canadian folklore. Her research focuses on Ukrainian Canadian culture, with a special interest in ritual, most notably wedding traditions.

In addition to language teaching, Nadya has taught a variety of culture classes throughout her career, including such topics as folk songs, Ukrainian Canadian culture, oral history, and the anthropology of Ukraine. In a forthcoming book review for the Canadian Journal of History, Nadya looks at a recent compendium regarding the cultural history and politics of the Ukrainian language.

Nadya has been a long-term affiliate of PCUH, serving once again in an administrative capacity for the Centre. Dr. Foty-Oneschuk is known for her keen and active involvement with students, for which she has been awarded a University of Saskatchewan Teaching Excellence Award on two occasions. Further, she is proud of her work with the U of S Ukrainian Students’ Association in her capacity as their long-time advisor, which has boasted the largest membership nationally several times. For the last decade, Nadya has worked tirelessly in the promotion of Ukrainian studies on campus and in the local community, and looks forward to a bright and dynamic future for the program. Congratulations to Dr. Foty-Oneschuk!

Lecture & book launch – Kurelek’s The Passion of Christ

On October 26th, the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage(PCUH), in conjunction with St. Thomas More College, St Vladimir Institute (Toronto), and the Les and Irene Dube Chair in Catholic Studies presented the National Book Launch Tour Special Presentation The Passion of Christ by William Kurelek New Edition, by art historian and author Dr. Khrystyna Beregovska of Lviv, Ukraine.

This new book introduces the pinnacle of the religious art created by Ukrainian-Canadian artist William Kurelek. The series “The Passion of Christ” is comprised of 160 paintings illustrating verse-for-verse the “Suffering, Death, and Resurrection” of Christ as described in the Gospel of Matthew. The ecumenical dimension of Kurelek’s work has made him famous the world over.

Dr. Khrystyna Beregovska in the STM Chapel

The book is divided into two parts – text and illustration. The text presents a brief biography, describing the artist’s study and training, discussing the lead-up to the creation of the series, and providing a professional review. The book also includes reviews that discuss the importance and uniqueness of the Passion series, including a commentary by William Kurelek himself. This is the first publication about William Kurelek in Ukraine.

PCUH hosts Ukrainian Studies reception

On October 24th, St. Thomas More College’s Chelsea Commons was host to new and returning University of Saskatchewan students pursuing Ukrainian Studies.

The event provided a chance for students and community members to meet with one another, and for the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) and St. Thomas More College to extend official welcoming greetings.

Information was shared about STM’s Ukrainian Studies minor, the Spring Session in Ukraine (SSU), the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students’ Association (USUSA), and the ongoing work and projects of PCUH.

PCUH announces appointment of new director

The Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen as its next director.

Dr. Khanenko-Friesen is a professor of anthropology, a cultural ethnographer, and an oral historian with expertise in post-socialist transition, diaspora studies, migration, and community engagement. Her research agenda focuses on Ukrainian Canadian culture, Ukraine, and its new post-socialist diasporas.

Natalia recently returned from her sabbatical year, most of which she spent abroad, including a term at Harvard University. She continued working on her two current projects, oral history of decollectivization in Ukraine and transatlantic letter exchanges between Ukrainians in the diaspora and homeland. Natalia has been a long-term member of PCUH, served as its director previously, and managed the Centre’s research program, “Personal Sources Archives.” 

A founding editor of Canada’s internationally-recognized Engaged Scholar Journal, with the mission to promote community-university collaborative scholarship, she also continues to oversee the Journal’s operations. She says that these two areas — community-engaged scholarship and Ukrainian Studies in Canada — overlap meaningfully and continue to inform her work.