Spring 1998
HURI NEWS
Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University


Summer School 1999: New Scholarships, New Course

The Ukrainian Research Institute is pleased to announce the availability of new scholarships for the 1999 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI). Thanks to the generosity of Vira Hladun, five $1,000 tuition grants will be awarded to students in the 1999 program. All students who apply for financial aid will be considered automatically for these scholarships. Ms. Hladun is the Founder and Chairperson of American Friends for Ukraine, a foundation working in the areas of Ukrainian culture, education, and media. The Institute will continue to offer scholarships financed by gifts from the International Renaissance Foundation, the Citicorp Foundation, and the Ukrainian Studies Fund.

Vera Andrushkiw of Wayne State University will be returning as Director of the Summer Institute for a third year. Professor Andrushkiw will also teach Advanced Ukrainian for Business, while Natalia Shostak and Yuri Shevchuk will teach the beginning and intermediate Ukrainian classes, respectively. Two Harvard professors will participate in HUSI '99. George G. Grabowicz, Dmytro Cyzevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian Literature, will teach "Twentieth-Century Ukrainian Literature: Rethinking the Canon," and Roman Szporluk, Mykhailo S. Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, will teach "Twentieth-Century Ukraine." Both of these courses will be seminars designed for graduate students and, with permission of the instructor, advanced undergraduates. A new survey course, "Ukrainian Politics and Society," will be offered especially for undergraduate students and professionals seeking a broad introduction to Ukraine and Ukrainian Studies. Coordinated by Dr. James Clem, Executive Director of HURI, the course will offer a series of lectures by Harvard faculty and associates as well as selected lecturers from Ukraine.



HURI Co-sponsors Conference on Belarus

The Ukrainian Research Institute and the Davis Center for Russian Studies are co-sponsoring the first-ever conference in North America on independent Belarus. Funded by grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Open Society Institute, the conference will be held on April 22-23, 1999 at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Scholars from the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania will participate on panels covering questions of political and economic reform and international relations. The conference papers will appear in a co-edited book jointly published by HURI and the Davis Center.



Petryshyn Lecture: April 7

The sixth annual Vasyl and Maria Petryshyn Memorial Lecture will be offered by Dr. Maria Zubrytska, Associate Professor of Ukrainian Literature and Literary Theory at Lviv Franko University. Professor Zubrytska is the editor of New Ukraine and New Europe: A Time of Rapprochement and Word. Sign. Discourse. An Anthology of Literary and Critical Thoughts in the Twentieth Century. She has served as the Director of the Center for the Humanities at Lviv Franko University since 1996 and became Vice-Rector of the University in November of 1998. Professor Zubrytska will speak at 4:00 p.m. on April 7, 1999 in the Thompson Room at the Barker Center for the Humanities. The title of her lecture is "Contemporary Ukrainian Literature and Its Readers: A Mutual Longing for Recognition."




A book launch for Borys Gudziak's Crisis and Reform was held at HURI in December.

HURI Welcomes. . .

Dr. Liliana Hentosh of the Department of History at Lviv Franko University will return to the Institute this spring as part of the Open Society Institute's Faculty Incentive Fellowship Program (FIFP). The program is designed to support the professional development of young professors in the Newly Independent States.

. . . and Congratulates!

Dr. Timothy Snyder received the Oskar Halecki Prize for Polish and Central European History from the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America for his book Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1872-1905), published by HURI in 1997.

Dr. Matthew Kay received his Doctorate from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in November 1998. The title of his dissertation is "Translating Holy Writ into East Slavic: The Peresopnyc'ke Jevanhelije."



Last Fall at HURI

Ukrainian Generals Return to Harvard

For the second year, a delegation of top Ukrainian military and government officials participated in the Ukrainian National Security Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Organized by Nancy Huntington, Director of Executive Programs at the Kennedy School, and funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense, this year's program was designed with a special focus on economic reform. The thirty Ukrainian participants, including representatives from the Ministries of Defense, Economy, and Finance, the Presidential Administration, and the Verkhovna Rada, were in Cambridge for ten days of lectures by such noted scholars as Jeffrey Sachs, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samuel Huntington, as well as professors from the Kennedy School and HURI Director Roman Szporluk. Once again, the Institute hosted a reception for the visiting Ukrainian delegation, giving them the opportunity to meet HURI faculty, staff, associates, and students.

Conference on Emerging Ukrainian-American Writers

The foremost emerging writers from the youngest generation of Ukrainian-Americans held a first of its kind workshop/conference at Harvard University on Nov. 7 and 8. Sponsored by the Ukrainian Research Institute, the meeting provided these writers with a unique forum to probe the current realities of merging the identity of the writer with the complex identity of being an American of Ukrainian heritage.

The workshop portion of the conference was chaired by conference organizer Askold Melnyczuk, HURI Associate and Editor of the literary journal AGNI. The workshop consisted of four sessions devoted to issues of self-identification and creativity. An opening session probed the common problems that face Ukrainian-American writers and their craft. James Carroll, the noted Irish-American writer and recipient of the National Book Award, then joined the group in the second session to probe commonalities of writing from an ethnic perception and his view of the situation of Ukrainian-Americans today. In a third session, Bohdan Rubchak, the foremost poet of the New York Group, addressed generational differences among Ukrainian-American writers and the general experience of writing in the diaspora from the vantage point of four decades of creative output. Finally, in the fourth session, Volodymyr Dibrova, one of Ukraine's major prose writers, addressed the question of Ukraine and the Ukrainian writer and also analyzed some of the thematic issues of what creates "Ukrainianness" within the writerly consciousness, asking whether one can isolate such a reality in a meaningful way.

The highlight of the symposium was a public reading of new work by the authors. This work will form the kernel of a new anthology, which HURI plans to publish in the near future. The writers participating in the conference were: Olena Kalytiak Davis, author of the poetry collection, And Her Soul Out of Nothing; Khristina Lew, journalist (and prose writer); Kristina Lucenko, editor of The Promethean; Askold Melnyczuk, author of the novel What is Told and editor of AGNI; Dzvinia Orlowsky, author of the poetry collection Edge of House; and Larissa Szporluk, author of the poetry collection Dark Sky Question.

Andrukhovych Reading

On November 2, Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych visited Harvard and read selections from Rekreatsii, published this year in translation by CIUS Press. In addition, Andrukhovych read recent poems and reflected on his experiences as a writer in contemporary Ukraine. To the delight of the audience, he also unveiled a brand new poem, in English, inspired by his experience visiting Harvard's Widener Library.



HURI Outreach
The Harvard Ukrainian Business Initiative

In 1997 HURI welcomed the Harvard Ukrainian Business Initiative (HUBI) into the growing interests at the Institute. Previously affiliated with the Kennedy School where it was known as the Project on Economic Reform in Ukraine (PERU), the organization has advised the political elite of Ukraine on the transformation from a Soviet system into political reform and economic privatization since independence was declared in 1991.

HUBI's current director, Janet Hunkel, lived and worked in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1992 through 1994. While there she set up a business center in Yalta and helped a group of women form the first Women's Business Club to be registered and to function in Ukraine. "As I started working with these amazing women, I realized that the most successful ones were those who had previously been excluded from the Soviet power structure. My reward was understanding their 'strength,' not just the strength to climb a mountain or bring in the harvest‹although they could do that too‹but in their sense of endurance."

HUBI's central mission is to assist Western business people's access to and understanding of Ukraine's shifting economic and political events.

These business people are the pioneers in the development of a private sector. Through the monthly journal The Ukrainian Economic Monitor, HUBI provides current and reliable information on pertinent economic, legislative and political events. HUBI's other programs include organizing seminars for business people, disseminating information on opportunities in Ukraine for targeted industries, access to information about industries and key business transactions, and sponsoring opportunities to interact with Ukraine's officials, business and economic leaders.

"The Ukrainian Institute's warmth and friendliness is my Ukrainian home in Boston," commented Hunkel. "Moreover, I think it is wonderful for HUBI to be affiliated with HURI as we are all supporting, in our unique ways, Ukraine's sovereignty. HUBI's mission is to promote both the private sector and Ukrainian economic and institution reforms needed to support the country's development as a market economy. A crucial component of sovereignty is the successful transition to a market economy and an open society."

For further information, contact Janet Hunkel at 617-496-6002 or hubi@fas.harvard.edu.



The Seminar in Ukrainian Studies
"Religion in Ukraine: Emerging from the Underground"
Ambassador William G. Miller
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center,
and former Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine
February 8, 1999
no seminar: Presidents' Day February 15, 1999
"Did Les' Kurbas Stage King Lear in Moscow? Unraveling the
Mystery of the Kurbas and Solomon Mikhoels Production"
Natalia Chechel
Associate Professor, Karpenko-Karyi Institute of Theater Arts, Kyiv,
and Fulbright Scholar, Columbia University
February 22, 1999
"Ukrainian-Polish Relations since 1989: Past Conflict and Present Peace"
Timothy Snyder
Academy Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
March 1, 1999
"Ukraine-Watching at the State Department: An Analyst's Perspective"
Gene Fishel
Foreign Affairs Analyst, U.S. Department of State,
and Mid-Career Fellow, Ukrainian Research Institute
March 8, 1999
"The Architectural Development of Lviv and Kyiv:
Metropolises between East and West"
Ihor Zhuk
Editor-in-Chief, "Atlas of the Architectural History of Lviv,"
and Visiting Scholar, Ukrainian Research Institute
March 15, 1999
"Grappling with the Hero: Hrushevskyi Confronts Khmelnytskyi"
Frank Sysyn
Director, Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research,
and Visiting Professor of History, Columbia University
March 22, 1999
no seminar: Spring Break March 29, 1999
"Milena Rudnytska: Women as a Political Force in Interwar Galicia"
Martha Bohachevsky Chomiak
Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for Humanities,
and Professorial Lecturer in History, George Washington University
April 5, 1999
"Polish-Ukrainian-Jewish Stereotypes
in the Eyes of a Polish Child, Polish Journalist, Canadian Journalist"
Jerzy Jastrzebowski
April 12, 1999
"State Building and the Political Economy
of Intergovernmental Finance in Post-Soviet Ukraine"
Lucan Way
Consultant, World Bank
April 19,1999
"Problems of Dating and Locating Medieval Slavic Translations"
Tomas Rosén
Ph.D. in Slavic Philology, University of Uppsala, and Visiting Scholar,
Ukrainian Research Institute
April 26, 1999

Seminars meet on Mondays 4:00-6:00 in the HURI seminar room. 1583 Mass. Ave.



Recent HURI Publications

The Institute is pleased to announce the publication of two books by three longtime HURI associates: Horace G. Lunt, Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures emeritus, participated in the founding of the Institute twenty-five years ago, and is a leading authority on old Slavic texts and translations. His co-author, Professor Moshe Taube of Hebrew University's Linguistic Department, has been associated with the Institute for almost two decades and is currently on sabbatical here at Harvard. Rev. Dr. Borys Gudziak received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1992 and is the Vice-Rector of the Lviv Theological Academy and Director of its Institute of Church History.

Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, The Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest

Borys A. Gudziak

Crisis and Reform explains and reevaluates one of the most controversial events in Slavic church history, the Union of Brest (1596), through which the majority of the Ruthenian hierarchy recognized the supremacy of the pope in Rome while retaining its Slavonic- Byzantine liturgical tradition and ethos. Rev. Dr. Gudziak analyzes the movement of spiritual and cultural reform in the Kyivan Metropolitanate in light of its traditional relationship with the Great Church in Constantinople and in the face of the vibrant challenges presented by the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Reform movements flourishing in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Crisis and Reform shows how faith, culture, and politics were intertwined in the decisions that faced the lay and clerical leadership in Ukraine and Belarus in the period before the Union. It will be of interest to all those interested in understanding the religious landscape of East-Central Europe.

Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies. 516 pp., 25 illus. (4 in color) and maps, ISBN-0916458-74-1. Hardcover. $34.95.


The Slavonic Book of Esther: Text, Lexicon, Linguistic Analysis, Problems of Translation

Horace G. Lunt and Moshe Taube

The Old Testament Book of Esther in Slavonic Translation is known from East Slavic manuscripts of the late fourteenth to late sixteenth centuries. Working from the Masoretic Hebrew texts and Greek translations, Lunt and Taube examine textological clues to the circumstances of Esther's translation, sources, and redactions. This study creates a solid basis from which scholars can now discuss the particulars of this important translation, the nature of East Slavic biblical translating activity, and the relationship of old East Slavic bookmen to Hebrew and Greek. This book will be of interest to philologists and cultural religious historians alike, with a full redaction with variants, a full word-index, grammatical analysis, verse-by-verse commentary, and discussion of vocabulary of selected semantic fields, not only of the Book of Esther, but of comparable texts.

Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies. 324 pp., ISBN 0-916458-80-6, LC 98-19993. Hardcover. $39.95.

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

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