On 2 November 2001, Religion and Culture 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 are given once a year at CIUS and 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.