Events. Academic Year 2011­-2012

Summer holiday

Watching Euro-2012 Ukraine—England game

Date: 19 Jul 2012

Venue: Oxford University Club

OUUS and friends met in the University Club to watch and cheer for the best team in the world! It was an amazing and a very emotional game.


Trinity Term

Cycling to Rectory Farm

Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012

Meet at: 13-30, St Anne's college

Destination: Rectory Farm, Stanton St John

OUUS members had a pleasant journey to the Rectory Farm in a lovely village of Stanton St John. This farm is known for it allows visitors to collect strawberries (and many-many other -berries!) themselves. It was an unforgetable and very sweet experience.


Watching Football: England vs. Ukraine

Date and time:  Tue, 19 Jun 2012, 7-30PM

Venue: Oxford University Club

OUUS members and their friends gathered in the University Club to support the best team in the world! We even got some British on our side.


Watching Football: Ukraine vs. Sweden

Date and time: Mon, 11 Jun 2012,  7-30PM

Venue: Alex'es house

We watched the first game of the Ukrainian team at the Euro-2012. What a fantastic game! And what the goals we saw!


Hilary Term

Ukraine’s Drift from Democracy: a View from the United States

Dr. Nadia Diuk, Vice President at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC

Date: 7.00PM, Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Venue: Ukrainian Institute, London, 79 Holland Park, W11 3SW

Nadia Diuk serves as Vice President of Programs for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private nonprofit organisation funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. For over twenty years prior to her appointment as Vice President, she supervised NED programs in what was then known as Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union—a complex region where most democrats could work only underground. She developed programs and strategies for this region through the period of the first free elections of 1989-92, up to the present time of the transitions to independence in the new states of Eurasia as well as assisting those democrats who continue to work in authoritarian countries in that region.

Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series

Towards More Effective Societies
Prof. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn
: Tue, 2 March, 5 to 7 PM
Venue: Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF

Professor Bohdan Hawrylyshyn presents key ideas of his book "Towards More Effective Societies" .
Chaired by Baroness Shirley Williams.
Commented by Dr Gwendolyn Sasse and Dr Olga Onuch, Nuffield College.
Special guest − HE Volodymyr Khandogiy, Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK .
Talk followed by Q&A session and wine reception

Photos from the lecture

End of Term Party

Date: Saturday, Thu, 1 March, 7 to 10PM
Venue: Alex's house

The end of term/spring/Women's day party will be held in Alex's house. Expect lots of tasty food "made by beautiful Ukrainian woman". And feel free to bring your own favourite.

Oxford International Festival

Date: Sunday, 26 February

Venue: Examination Schools

An excellent event for those who want to taste delicious Ukrainian food, buy some special souvenirs, and enjoy a violin performance.


Lunchtime Seminar

Dr. Svitlana Chernykh (St. Antony's College) - Parties and Strategies in Post-election Disputes in the Post-Soviet World

Date and Time: Thursday, 23 February (6th week), 1PM

Venue: St Antony's College, Nissan Lecture Theatre

Convenor: Paul Chaisty (St. Antony's College)


Monday Seminar

Twenty Years of Post-Communism in the Former Soviet Union
Prof. Olexiy Haran (Kyiv Mohyla Academy): Orange Revolution and Counterrevolution: Whither Ukraine?

Date and Time: Monday, 13 February (5th week), 5PM

Venue: St. Antony's College, Nissan Lecture Theatre

Convenors:  Paul Chaisty and Alex Pravda (St. Antony's College)

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre

All are welcome

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Film Screening

Everything is Illuminated

Date and Time:  Tuesday, 7 February (4th week), 8 − 9:30PM

Venue: St. Antony's College, Dahrendorf Room

A joint event of OUUS and the "Post-Communist Cinema" project (by Annabelle Chapman)

"Everything is Illuminated" is referred as one of the "rare films that encapsulate the emotion of discovery and drama with humor." Starring Elijah Wood!

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Society Dinner

Date: Thursday, 26 January (2nd week)

Venue: Merton College

Traditional society dinner is a chance to chat, discuss recent events, and relax with old and new friends. £4, OUUS members only.

RSVP to Dmitry Kondratyuk



Date: weekend of the 1st week

Venue: residence of Ola Onuch

A private party to celebrate the holiday of Malanka. OUUS members only.

Michaelmas Term

Lecture: Ukraine and Perestroika — Who Killed the USSR?

Andrew Wilson (UCL-SSEES)

Advanced research seminar series supported by the management committee of Russian and East European studies & the History faculty.
Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre seminar
Monday, 31 September
Nissan Lecture Theatre
St Antony's College
Open to everyone

HE Leigh Turner

HE Leigh Turner visit

Leigh Turner is the British Ambassador to Ukraine, resident in Kiev, since June 2008. He will give a talk at Oxford upon invitation from the Oxford International Relations Society.

Wednesday, October 19

7pm − 8:30pm

Oakeshott Room

Lincoln College

Free for members of the International Relations Society, £4 for guests
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The English Surgeon

The English Surgeon

Documentary screening of the movie 'The English Surgeon', followed by Q&A session with Dr Henry Marsh CBE. All welcome. Free entry.

Friday, October 14

5:00pm ­­– 7:00pm

The Nissan Lecture Theatre

St Antony's College

Woodstock Road

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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.