Oxford University Ukrainian Society

Message from the President

Welcome to Oxford University Ukrainian Society! As a first Ukrainian studying public policy in Oxford I feel a great sense of responsibility for being an ambassador of the country I love with all my heart. Ukrainian story is dramatic but very beautiful and special. I truly believe it can inspire millions of people around the globe.

As a president of Oxford University Ukrainian Society I want to spread Ukrainian voice by arranging various events and establishing long term cooperation with other societies, organizations so that we all together benefit social life in Oxford and learn from each other. I will do my best to work hard on running society to three directions - Smart, Creative and Fun.

Ukrainians share one core value - freedom that became as deep as religion. I truly believe that today’s Ukraine is a unique place that will be one of the most interesting discoveries in the 21th century. And, with our help, the academia will be one of the first institutions to acknowledge it. If you don’t want to miss it, come and join us at the Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

Looking forward to meet you!

Truly yours, Lisa Yasko President of OUUS 2016-2017

About the Society

The society promotes Ukrainian culture and intellectual heritage within Oxford Uiversity. The society was established by two Ukrainian students from Lviv, Eleonora Suhoviy and Roman Zaviyskyy in the winter of 2004.

News

Apr 25, 2017
Gennadiy Afanasiev on His Road to Freedom

Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
Admission free
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The Trinity term has begun, and this week we will have an outstanding opportunity to meet Gennadiy Afanasiev, a Ukrainian human rights activist of Crimean origin who spent over 400 days in Russian prison. One month after the annexation of Crimea, Mr Afanasiev was arrested on the charge of 'terrorist activities' after participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a Russian penal colony. As a result of a high-profile prisoner exchange, he was released in 2016. We are delighted to welcome him to Oxford to tell us about his struggles, captivity and ongoing activism.

Feb 21, 2017
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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International Film Society is showing one of Paradjanov’s masterpieces, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Paradjanov, an Armenian director and one of the great cinematic geniuses of Soviet cinema, tells a simple Romeo-and-Juliette-like story set in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. In Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, the simple tale of the unrequited love of Ivan and Marichka serves to revolutionise the art of story-telling in cinema, showing astonishing originality through the use of music, cinematography and camerawork. The film is a hypnotising whirlwind of colour and sound set against a background of folklore and traditional tales, which seems to come to us from another world. 
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/7516458

Feb 15, 2017
Ukrainian Truth. Winter on Fire and Heavenly Hundred

Date and time: 24 Feb 2017, 7PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford, OX2 6HG
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This is the first event of Truth And Peace Series in Green Templeton College.

The goal of the initiative is to promote and strengthen the truthful dialogue in academia about challenges and conflicts around all the world.

Each event features a talk, a presentation or a film and a few minutes of silence or music followed by an open discussion.

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