LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has invited representatives of four disciplines to comment on current events in Ukraine and the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The roundtable will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union. It will feature Vitaly Chernetsky, professor of Slavic languages and literatures; Valeriy Khan, visiting Fulbright Scholar with the Institute of History at the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences; Sharon O’Brien, associate professor with the Center for Global and International Studies, and Mariya Omelicheva, associate professor of political science and director of CREES.
A second in a series of roundtable discussions dedicated to Ukraine, the panel will focus on geopolitical, legal and historical interpretations of events triggered by the ouster of the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The first roundtable took place at the beginning of March and focused on a stream of protests in Kiev as well as the background of public unrest.
CREES offers one of the leading programs in Ukrainian studies in the United States. It includes all levels of Ukrainian language study as well as courses in Ukrainian history, politics and culture. The CREES Palij Family Fund supports the annual visiting Palij Lecturer focusing on Ukrainian studies and provides the annual Ukrainian Studies Prize for an outstanding student specializing in Ukraine. KU also offers an intensive summer study abroad program focusing on Ukrainian language and culture in Lviv, Ukraine.