Highlights of the Michaelmas Term

As the Hilary Term approaches, we would like to remind you what we have already done this year. If you have missed it all, you are encouraged to join the Oxford University Ukrainian Society now and become part of our vibrant life.

1) Informal meeting at the Blavatnik School of Government

On a sunny day, the OUUS members gathered together in the newly built Blavatnik School of Government, the latest addition to the Oxford architectural ensemble and the home to Public Policy students. After having lunch, we appreciated the stunning view on Oxford from the BSG rooftop.

2) Annual General Meeting and Elections

At the Annual General Meeting we discussed our plans for the 2016/17 academic year and elected the new Committee. The President elect Lisa Yasko, Master of Public Policy student from Kyiv, presented a programme draft for the next year. According to it, our key goal will be to let the Ukrainian voice be heard in Oxford.

3) Formal dinner at University College

Right after the Elections, we proceeded to the University College Dining Hall and enjoyed the formal dinner in a warm company of fellow Ukrainians. Vyshivankas and traditional British cuisine — what could make a better combination!

4) Meeting with opera singer Yuriy Yurchuk

It was a great pleasure for OUUS to host a dinner with the famous Ukrainian opera singer Yuriy Yurchuk. He started singing at 28, and prior to that he used to work in the financial sector. Talking to Yuriy makes you confident that is it never late to start something completely new.

5) Ukrainian Christmas Music Evening at Green Templeton College

Before going on holidays, we organised the Ukrainian Christmas Music Evening in partnership with Green Templeton College. Apart from drinking mulled wine in a friendly environment, we had a chance to remember how we celebrate Christmas back home.


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Nov 4, 2018
Serhiy Zhadan: Ukraine's Enfant Terrible

Date: Monday, 12th November 2018

Time: 7pm - 8.15pm

Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Fee: £10

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An evening with one of Ukraine's most iconic contemporary writers: poet, intellectual and ska ban frontman Serhiy Zhadan.

Chaired by Eastern Europe specialist Uilleam Blacker of University College London.

Organized by the British Library in partnership with Ukrainian Institute in London.

Sep 17, 2018
Sheptytsky and Holocaust

Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile, 22 Binney St, Mayfair, London W1K 5BQ
Admission: £10. 
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Hosted by Ukrainian Events in London and Ukrainian Institute, London.

Andrei Sheptytsky, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is an extraordinary figure among Christian church hierarchs of the 20th century. Presiding over the Church under the Nazi occupation of Galicia during WW2, he was put into a situation where difficult compromises had to be made while struggled to remain true to the idea of a sovereign Ukrainian nation and to protect Jews during the Holocaust.

This event will bring together a Jewish academic studying Sheptytsky’s legacy and a Jewish Holocaust survivor who knew Sheptytsky and was saved by him.

Jul 1, 2018
The Revolution of Dignity - Organising a Revolution

Date: 8th July 2018

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: The Jam Factory, Oxford

You are warmly invited to a photography exhibition and panel discussion about the organisation of the Ukrainian Revolution as part of the Revolution of Dignity exhibition at The Jam Factory. The panel features prominent activists and academics involved in the revolution, offering up their own experiences and answering any questions you may have. It will be another compelling and insightful event.

Jun 10, 2018
Talk by Dmytro Kuleba: Ukrainian Ambassador to Council of Europe

Date: 19th June 2018

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Venue: Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St. Anotny's College, Oxford

“Ukraine’s Lesson of Communication Warfare” 

Join OUUS for our final event of Trinity term - a talk by Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, at St Antony’s College. 

Ambassador Kuleba will discuss what Ukraine has learnt since 2014 about deterring external and internal communication attacks on Ukraine's society and state institutions, how communications warfare shapes Ukrainian politics, and what other countries can learn from Ukraine. The discussion will cover such issues as Russia’s meddling in Ukraine, the fragmentation of society by the means of communications, challenges of the perception of Ukraine in the West, and the problem of fake news.