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.
Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
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.
Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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.
Date and time: 24 Feb 2017, 7PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, Oxford, OX2 6HG
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.
Date and time:Wed, 15 February 2017, 1 p.m.
Venue: University College, Oxford (meet at porter's lodge)
Join us for our second conversational lunch in Hilary term, and get a chance to practice your Russian or Ukrainian language with native spreakers.
Our lunch will be followed by a short presentation of the Go Global project which offers volunteering opportunities in Ukraine.