Ukraine: Past, Present, Persistence

What is Ukraine as a nation? What does it mean to be Ukrainian? What key events have shaped its history? Why does the Russian Federation seek to destroy both Ukrainians’ sovereignty and identity today?

Recording now available:

Please join us for a wide-ranging, interactive discussion on Ukraine’s past, present and persistence.

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies (University of Victoria) and expert in Russian and Eastern European History alongside Dr. Tamara Krawchenko, School of Public Administration (University of Victoria) will be on hand to answer your questions.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

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Speaker bios:

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko, School of Public Administration, UVic

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko is a member of UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems with expertise in comparative public policy and territorial development. Her scholarship examines the unique needs of places and how public policies and institutions of governance shape lived realities and outcomes. (Office: 250-721-6442 or


Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk, Professor of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies, UVic

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk has published seven books on Ukrainian history, including two on the present conflict with Russia. Born and educated in Ukraine, he can discuss how the crisis is seen from a local Ukrainian perspective and place it in the context of two recent popular revolutions in Ukraine, as well as the ongoing war in the Donbas region. Yekelchyk is a leading media commentator on this topic, with news outlets such as the New York Times turning to him for perspective and fact-checking on its coverage about the current conflict. At UVic, he teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Department of History, including a course on Modern Ukraine and Russian-Ukrainian Conflict. (Office: 250-721-7505 or


Moderator: Dr. Katherine Bowers, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies and Director of the Centre for European Studies, UBC


The event is hosted by the Centre for European Studies (CES), UBC