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The Research Program on Religion and Culture was founded in 1994 as the Ukrainian Church Studies Program. It is devoted to the study of sacral art, architecture, and music in Ukraine and in the Ukrainian diaspora, especially in Canada.

The Program is the site of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Library, a collection which contains many unique items and documents pertaining to the Ukrainian church and serves as the basis for the program's reference library. Dr. Bociurkiw, who passed away on 1 October 1998, was one of the "founding fathers" both of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian and of the Religion and Culture Program. Every year the Program hosts the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Lecture.

In cooperation with other units of the Institute, the Program has produced a number of publications and has sponsored conferences. The Program has also cosponsored visits to the University of Alberta by distinguished scholars. 

The Program is directed by Dr. Heather Coleman, an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Imperial Russian History in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. She is currently writing a book titled, Holy Kyiv: Priests, Communities, and Nationality in Imperial Russia, 1800-1917. She is author of Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929 (2005), co-editor (with Mark D. Steinberg) of Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia (2007), and editor of Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia (forthcoming). She serves as editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes.


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