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April 24, 2000

Peter Jacyk Centre holds a Hrushevsky Symposium at Harvard

On 17 April 2000, the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the University of Alberta organized a Hrushevsky symposium and book launch at the Harvard University. The symposium, entitled "Hrushevsky and the Cossack Age," was included in the seminar series of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI), which also hosted and cosponsored the launch of volume seven of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's History of Ukraine-Rus'.

The seminar opened with remarks by the associate director of HURI, Dr. Lubomyr Hajda, who welcomed guests from the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and introduced the panelists to the public. The director of the Peter Jacyk Centre, Dr. Frank Sysyn, spoke on the importance of the Hrushevsky Translation Project for the development of Ukrainian studies in North America and presented a status report on the project.   Dr. Zenon Kohut, director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, discussed Hrushevsky's role in the formation of Ukrainian national historiography, while Dr. Serhii Plokhy, the associate director of the Centre and consulting editor of volume seven of the History, presented a paper on Hrushevsky's contribution to the historiography of the Ukrainian Cossacks. Dr. Roman Szporluk, director of HURI and Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard, shared his observations on the role of Hrushevsky and his History in the shaping of Ukrainian national identity. Professor Omeljan Pritsak, former director of HURI and holder of the Hrushevsky Chair, Professor Ihor Šev_enko, former associate director of HURI and professor emeritus of the  Department of the Classics at Harvard, and Dr. Oleksii Tolochko of the Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, emphasized the importance of the project in the ensuing discussion.

During the launch, Dr. Sysyn discussed the great contribution of the recently deceased translator of volume 7, Dr. Bohdan Strumi_ski, to Ukrainian studies. He recalled that Dr. Strumi_ski had played a major role in the development of Ukrainian studies at Harvard and in the Harvard Library of Early Ukrainian Literature. He expressed his gratitude for Dr. Strumi_ski's many services to the Hrushevsky Translation Project and thanked Ms. Kathleen Lestition, Dr. Strumi_ski's widow, for her editorial assistance, particularly during her late husband's illness.

On 16 April, Drs. Kohut, Sysyn and Plokhy were guests at a meeting of the American Association for Polish Jewish Studies, where they delivered papers on the Jewish factor in the Khmelnytsky Uprising. The participation of these CIUS scholars in scholarly conferences and seminars in the USA reflects growing interest in the scholarly community in the work of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

 

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