2022 Shevchenko Lecture


In Pursuit of the Past and the Future: Reflections on a Career in Ukrainian Studies from the 1960s to the 2020s

Dr. Frank Sysyn

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

4:00 p.m. MST / 6:00 EST




Dr. Sysyn discussed the development of Ukrainian studies in North America, particularly at Harvard University and the University of Alberta. He reflected on the consequences of studying a country mostly cut off from the West before the 1990s; the changes that occurred with Ukrainian independence; and the relationship between the Ukrainian-American and Ukrainian-Canadian communities and Ukrainian studies.


Dr. Frank Sysyn is director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research (CIUS) and a professor of history at the University of Alberta; heads the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium’s executive committee; and has also taught at Harvard and Columbia universities. He was the editor-in chief of Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s History of Ukraine-Rus' in English translation (12 vols) and Father Mykhailo Zubrytsky’s collected works (3 vols); and is the author or co-editor of numerous publications in early modern Ukrainian history, Ukrainian church studies, and Holodomor studies.

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