Volodymyr Kravchenko: “Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!”

Volodymyr Kravchenko: “Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!”

A response by Volodymyr Kravchenko to the article by Vladimir Golstein in Forbes “Why Everything You’ve Read About Ukraine Is Wrong” (5/19/2014)

Photo: Russian propaganda. Illustration for Volodymyr Kravchenko's "Experts on Ukraine: All Hands on Deck!"
Russian propaganda. Source: Al Jazeera

To put it plainly, it has been a long time since I read so shoddy a text signed by a representative of an academic corporation as the article by an American Slavist at Brown University, Vladimir Golstein, published in Forbes on May 19 of this year.

Forget everything you’ve read so far about Ukraine. A little-known specialist in nineteenth-century Russian literature, hitherto unremarked in Ukrainian studies, will tell you what is actually going on in present-day Ukraine. I shall venture to comment on some of the theses put forward in the article, which has shocked many readers. Read more

Video of “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

Video of the Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun’s Seminar, “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

This seminar is focused on the role of the Ukrainian churches in the Maidan, which had a strong religious dimension. As mass protests developed in Kyiv in late 2013, representatives of Ukraine’s many churches were there in the square among the people, providing those in need with material and spiritual assistance. The building of a new Ukraine also entails the active participation of these churches on the “construction site.” Read more

Seminar: “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”

CIUS Seminar Series: Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun’s “Maidan: The Church in the Public Square”


APTOPIX Ukraine Protest
“Maidan: The Church in the Public Square
Speaker: Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun
This seminar will focus on the role of the Ukrainian churches in the Maidan, which had a strong religious dimension. As mass protests developed in Kyiv in late 2013, representatives of Ukraine’s many churches were there in the square among the people, providing those in need with material and spiritual assistance. The building of a new Ukraine also entails the active participation of these churches on the “construction site.”
Archimandrite Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, is a past chair of its Department of External Church Relations. He has been active in ecumenical dialogue among the churches in Ukraine and abroad. Fr. Hovorun teaches and does research on patristics, church history, ecclesiology, political theology, and the sociology of religion. He holds a candidate degree from the Kyiv Theological Academy and a PhD in theology from the University of Durham. He is the author of Will, Action, and Freedom: Christological Controversies in the Seventh Century (Leiden: Brill, 2008). Fr. Hovorun is currently a research fellow at Yale University, where he is working on a project about the church in the public square, focusing on the patterns of behaviour of the Eastern churches.

Thursday, 15 May 2014, 2:00 p.m.
128 Education Building (South)

with another presentation at:
St. John’s Cultural Centre
10611 – 110 Avenue, at 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life and the Program on Religion and Culture at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

For further information, please contact

David Goa at 780-504-5942 / dgoa@ualberta.ca

Heather Coleman at 780-492-3922 / hcoleman@ualberta.ca

Round Table on the Future of Ukraine

Round Table with David R. Marples and Taras Kuzio: “Russia’s Annexation of Crimea and the Future of Ukraine”


CIUS Round table Thursday, 3 April 2014, “Russia’s Annexation of Crimea and the Future of Ukraine” featuring the institute’s two leading specialists on the subject, David R. Marples and Taras Kuzio.
The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies continues to monitor and assess the situation in Ukraine, thereby providing important academic and community services.

Round Table: Ukraine, Russia, and the West: On the Brink of War

The CIUS hosts “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: On the Brink of War”


On Wednesday, March 5 2014, the Centre for Political and Regional Studies (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies) held a round table “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: On the Brink of War.” This well-attended event featured several presenters, who possess extensive expertise studying the region and the problem at hand:

Volodymyr Kravchenko, Director, CIUS
Jars Balan, Administrative Co-ordinator, Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre, CIUS
David Marples, Director, Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine, CIUS
Bohdan Harasymiw, Coordinator, Centre for Political and Regional Studies, CIUS
Heather Coleman, Director, Religion and Culture Program, CIUS

Their presentations were followed by questions from the audience, which then evolve into an open and stimulating discussion.

Moscow Professor Fired for Criticizing Putin

Bohdan Klid: Moscow professor fired for criticizing Putin’s military action in Ukraine

Andrei Zubov, a Russian historian and political scientist, was fired from his post as professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs following the publication of his article “We have seen this before” (Ėto uzhe bylo) in the daily Vedomosti.ru on March 1. In his article, Zubov compares Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to occupy the Crimea to Hitler’s decisions to annex Austria, Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, and Lithuania’s Memel in 1938–39. Addressing his fellow countrymen, Zubov warns: “We are on the brink of the complete destruction of the system of international treaties, economic chaos, and political dictatorship.” Further, he appeals: “Friends! We need to come to our senses and stop. Our politicians are dragging our people into a terrible, horrifying misadventure. Historical experience tells us that nothing good will come of this. We should not act as the Germans did in their day, lured by the promises of Goebbels and Hitler.” Read more

Bohdan Klid responds to Steven Cohen

Bohdan Klid to PBS ombudsman, Michael Getler, in response to professor Steven Cohen’s comments made during the PBS Newshour program (3 March 2014) on Ukraine’s new government.

I am writing to register a complaint about professor Steven Cohen’s comments broadcast on the PBS Newshour on 3 March 2014 (Seattle station). Dr. Cohen said that the new government in Ukraine was illegitimate and extremist. On what evidence would he base this claim? Such a statement is strongly at odds with the position of all of the EU states, the US, and Canada, which have indicated support for the provisional authorities in Kyiv. Moreover, it is now abundantly clear that the former president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country to avoid answering before Ukraine’s parliament for his government’s decisions to use deadly force against demonstrators. Also, there is ample evidence to support charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption involving tens of billions of dollars. Finally, 371 members of parliament (of 450 elected) voted to remove him from office. In short, professor Cohen’s comments are nothing short of irresponsible. In the context of the extremely dangerous situation, following incursions by Russia’s troops into Crimea and threats of invasion of eastern Ukraine, they are also extremely reckless.

Dr. Bohdan Klid, Assistant Director
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
430 Pembina Hall, University of Alberta
Edmonton AB  T6G 2H8 Canada
Tel.:  (780) 492-6857, -2972
Fax:  (780) 492-4967
E-mail: bklid@ualberta.ca

Volodymyr Kravchenko on Ukraine after Yanukovych

Ukraine after Yanukovych through a Historian’s Eyes

Volodymyr Kravchenko, Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS)
Volodymyr Kravchenko
Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

On the one hand, a professional historian finds it more difficult than a political scientist or a sociologist to define what is now happening in Ukraine, since his conceptual apparatus is different from theirs. On the other hand, the current Ukrainian phenomenon, which has aroused alarm and hope throughout the world, cannot be understood without some grasp of history. Read more