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Dec. 3, 2001

Opening of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Library and Inauguration of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Lecture Series

On 2 November 2001, the Church Studies Program at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies hosted two important events honouring the memory of Professor Bohdan Bociurkiw: the official opening of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Library, which houses his library and archive, and the inauguration of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Lecture series. Lectures in this series will be given once a year at CIUS and will feature presentations by prominent scholars and political activists in the area of Ukrainian politics, history, and religion.

Professor Bohdan R. Bociurkiw (1925-1998) was a prominent political scientist and a world-renowned specialist in the area of human rights, Soviet religious policy, and the history of Ukrainian churches. He began his academic career at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he taught at the Department of Political Science from 1956 to 1969. He went on to teach at Carleton University, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. A skilled organizer, Professor Bociurkiw helped found many academic and professional projects and institutions, including CIUS. The generous donation of his library and archive laid the foundations for the Ukrainian Church Studies Program at the Institute.

The program was opened by Dr. Zenon E. Kohut, director of CIUS. He introduced Dr. Serhii Plokhy, director of the Church Studies Program. Dr. Plokhy commented on the life and accomplishments of Professor Bociurkiw and thanked his wife, Vera Bociurkiw, and members of the family for their generous support of the Program. Taras Bociurkiw, son of the late Professor Bociurkiw, spoke at the event on behalf of the family. He shared his own and his mother's memories of Professor Bociurkiw and thanked all those involved in the transfer of the library and archive to CIUS, including Dr. Andrii Krawchuk, who helped organize Professor Bociurkiw's materials in Ottawa.

The opening of the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Library took place immediately after the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Lecture, "Ukraine's Foreign Policy: Ten Years after Independence," delivered by the Honourable Borys Tarasiuk, Foreign Minister of Ukraine in 1998-2000. One of the most respected Ukrainian diplomats, Mr. Tarasiuk has been responsible for many of Ukraine’s foreign-policy achievements over the first decade of its independence. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, as well as director of the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations at the Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management, both in Kyiv. In his lecture, Mr. Tarasiuk surveyed the course of Ukrainian foreign policy over the last ten years and shared his views on the challenges that face Ukraine in the second decade of its independent development. During the question period that followed the lecture, Mr. Tarasiuk stressed the role of the diaspora in presenting the image of Ukraine abroad.

Both events were well attended. Among those present were Vice-President (Research) of the University of Alberta, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, professors and students of the university, and numerous members of the Ukrainian community.



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