Hilary Termcard

Talk with MP Svitlana Zalishyuk

Eurooptimistic Goals of Ukraine: National And Global Perspectives
Date and time: Tuesday, 24 Jan, 7 p.m.
Venue: St Antony's college, Deakin Room
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We welcome you to join Svitlana's lecture followed by open discussion, Q/A session about current Ukrainian Affairs.  We will open doors at 6 pm by presenting brand new term card of events of Oxford University Ukrainian Society and welcoming new members of society. You will have a chance to meet nice people who are passionate about Ukraine.

Svitlana Zalishchuk has been a Member of the Verkhovna Rada since October 2014. She is Co-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on the United Kingdom, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Head of the Sub-Committee on European and Euro-Atlantic Relations. Svitlana was an active leader of the EuroMaidan movement in 2013. Her organization, Centre UA, coordinated the biggest Facebook Page (Euromaidan) in Ukrainian history, which played a critical role in the Revolution of Dignity. Svitlana is a member of the “DemAlliance” political party.

Svitlana is also a fighter for human rights and is a big supporter of anti-discrimination legislation, especially rights for LGBT.

Film Screening: Debaltseve

Date and time: 26 Jan, 7 pm
Venue: Hertford college. The Ferrar Room
Admission free
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"Debaltseve" is the narrative of the Donbas war. The event will include a film screening (50min), followed by a discussion with a Ukrainian war correspondent and film director Eugene Stepanenko.

Eugene Stepanenko  is a War Correspondent, Presenter, TV channel UA: First, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Eugene Stepanenko, a Ukrainian war correspondent and TV presenter, brings to London a documentary telling a dramatic story of the battle for Debaltsevo, a key transport hub in the war-town east of Ukraine. In February 2015, it witnessed a tense stand-off between Ukrainian on one hand, and Russian troops and the local militia allied with them, on the other. Being virtually encircled and facing massive artillery fire and a tank-guided offensive, Ukrainians were forced to withdraw in order to prevent a massive loss of life.

The discussion will debate the film, look at the coverage of the war in media, how the narrative of this war has evolved and is impacted by Russia's concerted effort to obscure the the presence of its troops on the Ukrainian soil and the challenges to keep this conflict on the agenda of the global media.

Ukrainian Lunches

Dates: Wednesdays of the 3, 5, 7 weeks in Hilary Term

Venue: to be confirmed.

Come and practice your Russian or Ukrainian language by talking to us.  Please be aware that for attending Ukrainian lunches you need to purchase membership. To express your interest – please contact president@ukrainianoxford.org or write us on Facebook.

Join Oxford University Ukrainian Society right now to join Ukrainian lunches and get one free lunch!

Ukrainian week

Events in commemoration of Euromaidan and ‘Heavenly Hundred’
19 February – 23 February
Venues and dates TBC

The Man Who Sparked the Revolution. Ukraine's Uneasy Journey

A talk by Mustafa Nayyem, MP

Date and Time: 19 Feb 2017, 5 p.m.
Venue: TBC
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On the 3rd anniversary of Ukraine's deadly protests, the Oxford University Ukrainian Society invites you to join the talk with Mustafa Nayyem, MP, journalist and public figure who sparked the Revolution of Dignity.

A Ukrainian journalist of Afghan origin, Nayyem was one of the leaders of the anti-censorship movement and one the founders of Hromadske TV, the channel that became popular for live streamimg the Euromaidan protests.

Without Nayyem, there might have been no Revolution. After then president Viktor Yanukovych “paused” preparations for signing an association agreement with the EU, the journalist turned to Facebook. “Let’s meet at 10:30 p.m. near the monument to independence in the middle of Maidan,” he posted, and thousands of Ukrainians flooded the streets. Three months later, Yanukovich fled the country.

Nayyem is one of the Euromaidan activists who went from barricades to government offices in hope of turning post-revolutionary Ukraine into a prosperous European state. In October 2014 he was elected to the Ukrainian parliament. In August 2016 he joined the (political party) Democratic Alliance.

The event is dedicated to the memory of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes who died for Ukraine during the Euromaidan protests in February 2014.

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Screening of documentary about Euromaidan

The film is a 2015 documentary about the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, a coproduction of Ukraine, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Produced in part by Netflix, it played at various film festivals before its release on October 9, 2015 on the online streaming service. Was nominated for Documentary for Oscars 2016.

Presentation of GoGlobal

A project to discover and help Ukrainian children learning foreign languages.

GoGlobal is the initiative that promotes foreign languages learning in Ukraine and to promote 2017 as a Year of English Language in Ukraine. The project launch took place last summer, with 120 volunteers from 40 countries taking part. The project now moves to the new stage to involve 100 000 children in school camps all over Ukraine. The initiative will break into four streams - Steam, Citizenship, Career and Leadership, Sports and Health. The organisers aspire to cover around 800 Ukrainian schools and attract 1000 international volunteers to Ukraine.


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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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Feb 14, 2017
Ukrainian Conversational Lunch – Week 5. Volunteering in Ukraine

Date and time:Wed, 15 February 2017, 1 p.m.
Venue: University College, Oxford (meet at porter's lodge)
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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.

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