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April 24, 2000

Hrushevsky Book Launches in Washington and New York

On 12 April 2000, the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, held a Hrushevsky book launch at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, DC. The launch of volume seven of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's History of Ukraine-Rus' was co-sponsored by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Centre and the Washington Group, and was well attended by Washington-area scholars and members of the Ukrainian community.

The book launch opened with greetings from Mr. Oleksii Berezhnyi, minister-counsellor of the Ukrainian embassy. The Librarian of Congress, Professor James Billington, a specialist on Russian and East European history, spoke on the importance of the Hrushevsky Translation Project for the better understanding of Ukrainian history and its contemporary development. He also praised the services to Ukrainian studies of his former student at Princeton, the current director of the Peter Jacyk Centre and editor-in-chief of the project, Dr. Frank Sysyn. The importance of the project was also stressed by the director of the Kennan Institute, Dr. Blair Ruble. Dr. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak greeted participants on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funded the translation of vol. 7. Ms. Nadia Jacyk, a director of the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, welcomed participants on behalf of herself and Mr. Peter Jacyk, the founding benefactor of the Centre.

Dr. Frank Sysyn and the associate director of the Centre, Dr. Serhii Plokhy, who served as consulting editor of volume 7, discussed the importance of the translation of Hrushevsky's History and reported on the current status of the Hrushevsky Translation Project. The director of CIUS Press, Professor Maxim Tarnawsky, called upon scholars and members of Ukrainian community to subscribe to the Cossack series (5 volumes) of Hrushevsky's History and to purchase individual volumes. At the conclusion of the launch, Ms. Nadia Jacyk and Dr. Frank Sysyn presented Mr. Oleksii Berezhnyi with copies of volumes 1 and 7 for the embassy.

On 15 April, the Peter Jacyk Centre also cosponsored a Hrushevsky book launch at the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York. The launch was opened by Professor Wolodymyr Stojko and featured presentations by the director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Dr. Zenon Kohut, and Drs. Sysyn and Plokhy. Members of the New York Ukrainian community expressed their satisfaction that the Centre had undertaken this project, a long-term goal of the Shevchenko Scientific Society.

Volume seven of the History of Ukraine-Rus' appeared in print in the autumn of 1999. Translated by Dr. Bohdan Strumi_ski and sponsored by Mrs. Olga Pawluk, it is the first volume in the Cossack subseries of Hrushevsky's History and covers the period from the late fifteenth century to 1625. Subscriptions to the Cossack series or all volumes of the History may be ordered from the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 352 Athabasca Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E8, tel. (780) 492-2972, fax (780) 492-4967.

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