Shevchenko Lecture

Serving since 1966 as a forum for important intellectual discussions concerning Ukrainian history, nation building, language, literature, culture, and identity. As the institute’s oldest and most eminent invited lecture, it attests to our commitment to build and disseminate knowledge about Ukraine and Ukrainians in the world.

The annual Shevchenko Lecture is organized by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and co-sponsored with the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association (Edmonton) and the Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education Society.


2024 Annual Shevchenko Lecture

Ihor Ostash

Ukrainian Cultural Treasures Under Threa From Russian Aggression:
Losses, Protections, and Repatriation


2023 Annual Shevchenko Lecture

Alexander Vindman

The Russia-Ukraine War: Roots and geoplitical context


2022 Annual Shevchenko Lecture

Frank Sysyn

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


2021 Annual Shevchenko Lecture 

Dominique Arel

Revisiting Maidan Seven Years Later: Violence, Regime Change, and the Clash of Narratives