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The Ukrainian Association of North Carolina is united by the love of, an interest in and a desire to support an independent Ukraine, as well as a wish to preserve, develop and nurture Ukrainian cultural heritage and traditions as a distinctive contribution to the culture of North Carolina.

 

85th Anniversary of the Holodomor-genocide in Ukraine

 

1)  Scholarly conference at the Univ. of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill: October 5-7, 2018:

New Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Holodomor within the Context of other Man-made Famines

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), in collaboration with the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, is organizing an international scholarly conference in commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine, to be held on October 5-7, 2018, in Chapel Hill. The conference will spotlight new interdisciplinary research on the Holodomor within the context of other man-made famines. As part of the conference, a workshop on the Holodomor for middle and high school teachers will be conducted by Valentina Kuryliw, Director of Education of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium in Canada. The conference is part of CSEEES’s Spotlight on Ukraine Initiative to promote Ukrainian studies at the university.

Anne Applebaum, Washington Post columnist, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, Professor of Practice, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and author of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, a comprehensive analysis of the Holodomor, will present the keynote address at the conference. Other participants include scholars from across the disciplines from the United States, Canada, and Ukraine, as well as UNC faculty.

In recent years, scholars from fields such as demography, history, cartography, political science, economics, epidemiology, and psychology have advanced our understanding of the Holodomor from the perspectives of their respective disciplines. A goal of this conference is to put these scholars into dialogue with one another in order to encourage more integrated interdisciplinary research on the Holodomor, and on famine more generally. A second objective of the conference is to compare the Holodomor with some other man-made famines.

In launching the Spotlight on Ukraine Initiative last year, CSEEES has taken its first steps in developing Ukrainian studies at the university. The Center sponsored the university’s first course on the history of Ukraine and another on the current situation in Ukraine; workshops for UNC students on Ukrainian folk art and music; and a four-month exhibit on Ukrainian embroidery and Petrykivka painting. CSEEES also facilitated the production of “culture kits” comprising artifacts that illustrate Ukraine and its rich history and culture, which are available to teachers in K-12 schools in North Carolina to teach about Ukraine. If funding becomes available, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC will introduce a two-year course of study of the Ukrainian language.

For questions about the conference program, please contact Oleh Wolowyna at ; for questions about conference logistics, contact Adnan Džumhur, Associate Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, dzumhur@email.unc.edu. Phone, 919.962.0901.

2) Action to have the State of North Carolina recognize the Holodomor as genocide: details to be announced.

 

 

 

Carolina Navigators Program Includes Ukrainian cultural kits

Carolina Navigators is a service-learning program at the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC CH). The program provides free global education resources to educators and students from across North Carolina. Carolina Navigators welcomes NC educators and students to explore its digital resources and will ship culture kits, free of charge, to any educator in North Carolina.

The association member, Maryna Kapustina, worked in partnership with Carolina Navigators program to create two Ukrainian cultural kits that will facilitate and support learning about Ukrainian culture and history. The creation of these kits was only possible with generous donation of Ukrainian items from Association members and our friends from Ukraine including: Anna Solyanyk, Мария Ясинская and Kiev Gymnasium of Oriental Languages number 1.

If your child is interested in expanding their knowledge about Ukraine, please, encourage them to ask their teacher to request the Ukrainian kit from this program. These kits are designed to support a teaching unit or an individual student project on Ukraine.

https://navigators.unc.edu/

https://navigators.unc.edu/glob…/ukraine-1-elementary-level/

Ukraine Kit #1 is filled with interesting items that are perfect for teaching elementary school students about Ukraine. These items include a traditional flower crown, hair accessories, and a sample of Ukrainian embroidery. There are also Ukrainian alphabet books, textbooks, colorful maps, folk tales, prints, photos and postcards. Many items such as pens, dolls, wooden eggs, whistles, and other decorative household objects feature the beautiful Ukrainian artistic styles ingrained in the country’s culture. Check out this kit and explore Ukraine!

https://navigators.unc.edu/g…/ukraine-2-level-middle-school/

Ukraine Kit #2 allows students to explore items such as a traditional flower crown, soccer scarf, textbooks, photos, postcards, maps, currency and more. Items such as wooden eggs, dolls, trinket boxes, and other decorative objects that display the beautiful painting and carving styles of Ukrainian folk art. Listen to samples of Ukrainian music and read informative books of facts and photography. Perfect for students in middle and high school students!