Fall 1998
Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University

Petro Jacyk Endows New Fellowship at HURI

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Petro Jacyk Distinguished Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies. This new fellowship is designed to bring talented scholars and professionals of exceptional promise to Harvard University for a period of three to ten months. While in residence, Jacyk Fellows will use the University's unique resources to work on significant and innovative projects in Ukrainian studies, and in general to further their professional development.

The first Jacyk Fellow will be selected in 1998-1999 through an international competition. Starting in the 1999-2000 academic year, and in successive alternating years, Jacyk Fellows will interact with the Harvard academic community through such activities as giving lectures, readings, or performances, writing articles, or offering classes.

This fellowship is being funded through a gift to the Institute by the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Petro Jacyk, a prominent Canadian businessman who runs a successful construction and land development company, has been one of the Institute's most generous benefactors- he also served on the Ukrainian Research Institute's Visiting Committee from 1980 to 1986. In addition to this most recent gift, he has endowed the position of the Petro Jacyk Bibliographer in Ukrainian Studies at the Ukrainian Research Institute library.

For further information, please contact Dr. James Clem, at HURI or email him at jclem@fas.harvard.edu


Mr. Petro Jacyk

HURI Appointments

Dr. Marius Cybulski, a recent Harvard PhD, is joining the HURI Publications program as a Research Fellow. He will be working on projects related to medieval Ukrainian history. Tamara Nary, of Waban, MA, is now working as a Public Relations Associate in the office of the Ukrainian Studies Fund. This summer Dr. Lubomyr Hajda was appointed as Editor of Harvard Ukrainian Studies. He will also retain the position of Associate Director.

International Scholars at HURI this Year

This academic year brings one of the most diverse groups of scholars in recent memory to the Institute. Thomas Roséen, of the Department of Slavic Languages at Uppsala University in Sweden, will be researching topics in medieval Slavic linguistics, as well as developing courses in Ukrainian language instruction. Also working on Ukrainian linguistic issues will be Moshe Taube, of the Department of Linguistics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ihor Zhuk, editor of the Lviv Architectural Atlas, will be in residence on a Fulbright fellowship; he will be developing a CD-Rom database of Ukrainian art. Rafael Fernandez Sanchez, of the Universidad Alfonso X in Madrid, will be studying the economic history of Ukraine in the twentieth century. Gene Fishel, of the U.S. Department of State, will join HURI this year as a Mid-Career Fellow; he will be working on contemporary Ukrainian political issues.

Symposium of Emerging Ukrainian-American Writers

On November 7-8, HURI will host a symposium of Ukrainian-American writers of the postwar generation. Eight writers and poets from across the United States will meet to discuss fundamental issues facing the group: questions of identity and heritage, generational change among Ukrainian-American writers, and the impact of Ukrainian independence on self-identification and the creative process. Three closed sessions will be followed by a roundtable discussion, open to the public, from 2-4 pm on Sunday, November 8, in the Forum Room at the Lamont Library. It is the aim of the symposium organizers to produce an anthology of the work of the participants, to be published by HURI next year.

HURI Outreach

The HURI Library: A Public Resource

What do fact finders from The New York Times, ninth graders at the University High School in Irvine, California and novelist Anne Rice have in common? They all have used the diverse resources of HURI's library as their first step in learning more about Ukraine. With over 2,500 volumes, nearly 175 active serial subscriptions (including over 50 newspapers and journals from Ukraine) the Institute's library is a place where one can research an ancestor's home village, study the Ukrainian Constitution, get facts on indigenous Ukrainian flora and fauna, or copy down traditional embroidery patterns. One can even set the scene for a novel, as the author Anne Rice did, investigating the Kyivan Caves Monastery.

The HURI library, under the direction of Ksenya Kiebuzinski, has a well-earned reputation as an accessible and welcoming environment for anyone interested in using its vast resources. Much of this is due to the dedicated guidance of Ms. Kiebuzinski, now in her eighth year at the Institute as the Petro Jacyk Bibliographer/Archivist. "People reach our library through a variety of venues-by dropping by the Institute itself, through our seminar series where the public is invited to participate and may want to learn more about a topic, and through e-mail and our web-site guest book where long distance 'visitors' can ask for individual help from me."

Ms. Ksenya Kiebuzinki

Kiebuzinski joined the Institute in 1991 after completing a master's degree in library science at SUNY-Albany with a specialty in archives and manuscripts.

Currently a doctoral candidate in French Literature at Brandeis University, Kiebuzinski is writing a dissertation on portrayals of Ukraine in 19th-century French literature.

Families and individuals interested in beginning genealogical research are some of the most frequent visitors to the library. Kiebuzinski consults a wide variety of sources including Istoriia mist i sil Ukrains'koi RSR (A History of Cities and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR, Kyiv: 1967-1974, 26 vols.) to assist researchers in locating their ancestors' villages or towns on maps. Other sources help researchers learn about the ethnic and religious composition of an area, and discover the meaning of their last names. As a first generation Ukrainian-American, Ms. Kiebuzinski brings a unique dedication to helping visitors with their individual genealogical projects. "Academics feel comfortable in this kind of research environmentäbut I am here to make what can seem like an overwhelming amount of information feel comfortable to the non-academic, too." Fiction writers also come to the Institute's library for their research. In addition to Anne Rice, of the famed "Chronicles of the Vampire" series, the Institute's library has provided background information for a local Cambridge writer's young adult novel about a family living in Volhynia, another writer's story set in Kharkiv, and yet another writer's novel about a family's experience during the years 1932-1948. While some of these authors have some Ukrainian ancestry, many do not, and Kiebuzinski enjoys helping these writers learn about a country many of them have not even visited.

Kiebuzinski's patient expertise also benefits a unique group of much younger scholars. Students from elementary to high school age from across the United States have contacted her for help with a variety of projects on such topics as the famine in Ukraine, the status of women in contemporary Ukraine, the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, and learning the Ukrainian language. When not helping aspiring genealogists, novelists, and young people, Kiebuzinkski is kept busy assisting a variety of other visitors to the library, including individuals going to Ukraine for business or humanitarian projects. This outreach is all the more remarkable considering that Kiebuzinski's main responsibility is to work with faculty, students, and visiting scholars and to develop Ukrainian holdings at Harvard University.

As Kiebuzinski points out, "The library holds an extensive monograph collection on a range of topics relating to Ukraine, including its economic and political policies, and these are particularly helpful for them. I also enjoy showing visitors our wonderful archives." The archives include the papers, rare photographs, and correspondence of noted community leaders and political and social activists in Ukraine and North America. "This is a great place to undertake a research project-of any kind-not just the library alone but the library combined with all the knowledgeable professors and associates at the Institute."

Please visit the library's virtual exhibit of Ucrainica at Harvard: The Ukrainian Research Institute's 25th Anniversary Exhibit at: http://www.sabre.org/huri/ucrainica.html.

Last Summer at HURI

Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) faculty awarded the annual Theodosius and Irene Senkowsky Prize for Achievement in Ukrainian Studies to five of this year's most outstanding students: Regina Feranda (Georgetown University), Jennifer Glass (Univ. of Texas), Petro Lisowsky (University of Michigan), Rostyslav Semkiv (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy), and Viktoriya Sereda (Lviv University). The prizes were awarded August 14 in a ceremony marking the end of this year's successful summer program.

Over the course of eight weeks, fifty students from the U.S., Canada, and Ukraine took courses in Ukrainian language, literature, history and politics. These courses were complemented by lectures and presentations on Ukrainian music, photography, literature, and society. Returning to organize another highly successful theater workshop was Virlana Tkacz of the Yara Arts Group in New York City; her talented team of actors and technicians produced the presentation "Messenger" on July 11.

This year's summer institute was funded in part by new and continuing partnerships with organizations in the United States and Ukraine. Continuing their support for HUSI was the Social Science Research Council, the Ukrainian Studies Fund, the Ukrainian American Center, the National Resource Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (Harvard University) and the Kotur Scholarship Fund of the Ukrainian Fraternal Association. A new three-year partnership with the International Renaissance Foundation in Kyiv brought fourteen students to HUSI this year; several of these students put together a literary journal, "Harvard Apostrophe," which reflected their summer experiences. Another new partnership with the Citicorp Foundation brought two students from the Department of Economics master's program at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy to Harvard for this year's program.


George G. Grabowicz, Cyzevs'kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature, with students from Ukraine.

The Seminar in Ukrainian Studies

"Science and the Scientist in Ukraine Today Some Personal and Theoretical Observations"
Vitaliy Shelest

Corresponding Member, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

September 28, 1998

"Ukraine's Relations with the Middle East, 1991-98"
Oles Smolansky

University Professor, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University

October 5, 1998

"The Question of Russo-Ukrainian Unity and Ukrainian Distinctiveness in Early Modern Ukrainian Thought and Culture"
Zenon Kohut
Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Visiting Professor of History, Yale University

October 19, 1998

"Building the Diplomatic Infrastructure of Ukraine 1991-98"
Natalia Zarudna
Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine, Washington D.C.

October 26, 1998

"Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians in the Revolution of 1848 in Galicia"
Antony Polonsky
Walter Stern Hilborn Professor of Judaic and Social Studies, Brandeis University

November 2, 1998

Roundtable of Emerging Ukrainian-American Writers
Lamont Library -- Forum Room, Harvard Yard

November 8, 1998
2-4 pm

"The Roman Complex Reversed Ivan Kotliarevskyi's Eneida as a National Narrative"
Tamara Hundorova
Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Literature, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

November 9, 1998

"Tangled Lives: Women in the Ukrainian Underground, 1944-48"
Jeffrey Burds
Assistant Professor of Russian and Soviet History, Northeastern University

November 16, 1998

"Implementing Anti-Corruption Reform in Ukraine Progress and Obstacles"
Geoff Dubrow
Consultant, World Bank

November 23, 1998

"Student Perspectives on Life and Research in Ukraine"
Roundtable discussion by graduate students in Ukrainian Studies

November 30, 1998

Topic: TBA
Borys Gudziak
Director, Institute of Church History and Vice-Rector, Theological Academy, Lviv, Ukraine

December 7, 1998

HURI Holiday Party
HURI seminar room

December 14, 1998
5-8 pm

Seminars meet on Mondays 4:00-6:00 in the HURI seminar room. 1583 Mass. Ave.
There will be no meeting on October 12

Recent HURI Publications

KISTIAKOVSKY: The Struggle for National and Constitutional Rights in the Last Years of Tsarism

Susan Heuman

In 1903 Bohdan Kistiakovsky railed against Lenin's concept of a vanguard party to lead the revolution, remarking that he did not want to see the Romanov autocracy replaced with the despotism of Lenin in the name of the dictatorship of the proletariat. His charge was wholly consistent with a life (1868-1920) devoted to the development of rule of law in the Russian Empire-a new government based on respect for national minorities, human rights, and constitutional federalism. Susan Heuman's new study shows the fresh urgency of Kistiakovsky's ideas as Russia, Ukraine, and the other countries of the former Soviet Union seek to establish precisely those values that Kistiakovsky, a leading Russian-Ukrainian thinker of his time, put forth ninety years ago. His skillful analysis of Russian imperial tendencies and how to creatively move away from them to stable democracy still rings true as do his inquiries into the interactions of the various ethnic minorities of the Russian Empire. Heuman also insightfully probes the effect of Kistiakovsky's "Ukrainianness"-the elements of the pre-revolutionary Ukrainian movement that molded the Russified scion of a leading Kyiv family-on his political and sociological thought. Heuman's analysis and portrait of Kistiakovsky will provoke scholars of Russian and Ukrainian intellectual history to reconsider the Ukrainian question in the early twentieth-century Russian Empire and will provide an excellent introduction for those interested in the history of Russian and Ukrainian legal traditions.

UKRAINE IN THE WORLD: Studies in the International Relations and Security Structure of a Newly Independent State

Edited by Lubomyr A. Hajda

Since 1991 independent Ukraine has emerged as a vital new factor in global politics. With a territory and population among the largest in Europe, a crucial geopolitical location, and substantial economic resources, Ukraine was quickly recognized by its neighbors and the global community as a potential regional power. However, burdened with a Soviet legacy of economic mismanagement, inexperience in self-government, and the world's third largest nuclear arsenal, Ukraine was also viewed by many as a possible threat to regional stability. Despite the gloom and doom forecast by many in the early 1990s, the evolution of Ukraine's position in the world since independence has been remarkable. In the present volume, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Borys Tarasyuk, and twelve other renowned international specialists examine the development of Ukraine's foreign policy and external relations after 1991, its role in rapidly changing regional security arrangements, and the country's path to denuclearization. Separate chapters touch on various regions of the world, or thematic topics that are crucial to Ukrainian international relations. Ukraine in the World is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Ukraine or East European international relations.

For Ordering information, please call the Publications Office at (617) 495-3692

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