Events 2010­-2011­­

Trinity term — 2011

Dreamland Donbass

Wed. 15th June, 2011
Nuffield College JCR, 18:30−19:00

Jerzy Onuch (artist and curator) discusses his family's donation of two photos's by renowned Ukrainian artist Viktor Marushchenko to the Nuffield College Art Collection.
Wine will be served.
Informal presentation and discussion.

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Currently Director of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, USA.

Revolutionary Moments

Fri, 17th June, 2011
MODERN ART OXFORD, 18:00−20:00

Film screening and conversation on Ukrainian contemporary artists and the 'Orange Revolution' with Jerzy Onuch, Dr. Olga Onuch, and Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse

Ukraine’s ‘Orange Revolution’ in 2004 became a crucial moment for a new generation of Ukrainian contemporary artists. Jerzy Onuch, Director of the Polish Cultural Institute, New York, provided a platform for these artists in the midst of the mass demonstrations in the centre of Kyiv. He and Dr Olga Onuch, Petro-Jacyk Post-Doctoral Prize Fellow, University of Toronto, and President Emerita of the OUUS, will bring this experience to life in a conversation with Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford and a Senior Member of the OUUS.

A film made by young Ukrainian artists associated with the Kyiv-based collective ‘R.E.P.’ (Revolutionary Experimental Space), and video excerpts documenting the work of SOKA, a Kharkiv-based group of artists, will also be shown.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. By Timothy D. Snyder

Lunchtime seminar by Prof. Timothy Snyder (Yale University).

Friday, 3 June 2011
Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Library Reading Room, St Antony's College

Convenor: Robert Service (St Antony’s)

Professor Timothy Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He has held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. Presently he teaches East European politics and history at Yale University. He is the author of Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (Harvard University Press, 1998, Halecki Prize); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (Yale University Press, 2003, awards from American Historical Association, American Association for Ukrainian Studies, Przeglad Wschodni, and Marie Curie-Sklodowska University); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (Yale University Press, 2005, Pro Historia Polonorum award); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of A Habsburg Archduke (Basic Books, 2008), and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010). He is also the co-editor of Wall Around the West: State Power and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001).

His most recent book is Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow. It is a New York Times bestseller and a book of the year according to The Atlantic, The Independent, The Financial Times, the Telegraph, The Economist, History Today, the Seattle Times and the New Statesman.

Hilary Term — 2011

Oxford MODEL UKRAINE Conference

6-8 April 2011

Venue: St.Antony's College and New College
Ukraine's domestic and foreign affairs: Visions for the future.

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Oxford International Festival

26 February 2011

Oxford International Festival is an annual event organised by the International Students' Campaign to celebrate international students' diversity in the university. It is a great opportunity of different countries to showcase their national food, music, and costumes.

Oxford University Ukrainian Society presented a variety of delicious Ukrainian meals: pumpkin kasha (гарбузова каша), vareniki (вареники), and vinegret (винегрет). We were not secretive and also shared the recipes.

It is our great delight to say that we were among the most popular stands. Good job, Ukraine!

Dinner at Merton College

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Traditional social event for the new and old members. This time, it was a formal dinner at Merton College followed by an extensive discussion on the society future plans.

Visit of Ukrainian Education Officials

Thursday, 13 January 2011

On 13 January 2011, the Oxford University Ukrainian Society in cooperation with the Ukrainian Embassy in London hosted a delegation of Ukrainian government officials and scholars. The group included Dmytro Tabachnyk, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine; Ihor Nekrassa, the Head of the Minister's Administration; Olexandr Udod, the Head of the Institute of Innovation and Education; Yuri Bobalo, the Head of Lviv National Technological University; Sergiy Shkarlet, the Head of Chernihiv State Technological University; Volodymir Onischenko, the Head of Poltava National Technological University; Olena Bobalo the representative of the Lviv National Technological University; and Pavlo Kartashov and Dmytro Dniprovoi from the Ukrainian Embassy.

This visit was part of an initiative of the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych, to adopt the know-how from the best educational practices in the world in lieu of Ukraine's national education system reform.

Ukrainian Society Night
Venue: Merton College MCR, Date: tbc, Time: tbc

Walking Tour with OU Walking Club: A walking tour through the area of outstanding natural beauty.
Route: tbc, Date: tbc (weekend), Time: tbc.

2010 Launch of Oxford University Consortium for Ukrainian Studies: ‘A panel on the first eight months of Yanukovych’s Presidency’
Venue: St Antony’s College, Date: 4 November 2010, Time: 5 pm.

Meet and Greet Night: Pub Outing
A perfect opportunity to meet old and new members of the OUUS, share a drink and find out about Society’s past and future activities !!!
Venue: tbc, Date: 27 October 2010, Time: 8 pm.

Discussion ‘Why ‘Europe’ Matters? Europeanisation of Lawmaking Process and Parliamentary Practices in Ukraine’ (with the Centre for European Reform)
Venue: Centre for European Reforms, London, Date: 20 October 2010, Time: 4 – 5.30 pm.

University Fresher’s Fair
Venue: Examination Schools, Date: 6-8 October 2010, Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm daily.



May 16, 2017
Mikheil Saakashvili. National interests in the post-truth world

Date and time: 25 May 2017, 5:30 PM
Venue: Blavatnik School of Government
Admission free
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Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2013. As a result of Saakashvili’s reforms in Georgia, the rate of corruption in the country was drastically reduced and the business environment was improved significantly. In 2015, Mr Saakahsvili became the governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, a post he held until November 2016.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and moderated by Yelyzaveta Yasko, current MPP student at the School and President of Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

The event is free and open to all. To attend, please register here.

May 9, 2017
Eurovision Party Fundraiser — London
Date and time: Saturday 13 May 2017, 18:30-0:30
Location: Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 154 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH
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The Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London is inviting everyone for the live broadcast of the Eurovision Grand Final in Kyiv. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Diversity!’ It will be an unforgettable evening, full of music and dance as well as delicious authentic Ukrainian food. Additionally, there will be a chance to enjoy some beer and a BBQ in the garden. Each ticket includes a free drink and authentic Ukrainian snacks.

Places are limited and early booking is advisable. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards British-Ukrainian Aid’s humanitarian projects.
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.