Shevchenko Expertise-a-thon for Ukraine

April 29, 2022

NTSh-A Members and Guests

This event benefitted the Shevchenko Emergency Fund.


This event features NTSh-A members and guests giving 10-12 mini-lectures in the subjects of their expertise or experience, as related to the war. There are presentations on culture, music, history, politics, medicine, math & sciences, volunteering and humanitarian aid, scholar rescue, and cultural preservation in conditions of war.

Program (all times Eastern Daylight Time)

9:00 Introduction

9:15-10:00 Volunteering and Humanitarian Aid

  • “Self-Organization: From Maidan to the Front Line,” Emily Channell-Justice, anthropologist and director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
  • “Introducing the February 24 Archive,” Steven Seegel, professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • “On the Humanitarian Front Line: Working with Ukrainian Refugees in Poland and Beyond,” John Vsetecka, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Michigan State University

10:00-11:00 History and Politics

  • “New Wartime Discourse: What it Tells Us About Ukraine,” Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of history, Northwestern University
  • “Theater Then and Now: Understanding Ukraine through the Stage,” Mayhill Fowler, associate professor of history, Stetson University
  • “War and the City: Understanding Kharkiv through History,” Markian Dobczansky, associate, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
  • “Looking to the Future: Ukrainian Identity and Ukrainian-Russian Relations after the War,” Oxana Shevel, associate professor of political science, Tufts University

11:00-12:00 Arts and Music

  • “Where would ‘Great Russian Art’ be without the backwaters of Ukraine?” Myroslava Mudrak, professor emeritus, Department of History of Art, The Ohio State University
  • “Ukrainian Musical Diplomacy since February 24, 2022,” Maria Sonevytsky, associate professor of anthropology and music, Bard College
  • “Arts, Ideology, and Politics,” Virko Baley, professor emeritus, Department of Music, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • “Why Defining the History of Ukrainian Art Music is More Important than Ever,” Leah Batstone, musicologist and postdoctoral researcher, University of Vienna

12:00-1:00 Scholar Rescue and Cultural Heritage Preservation

  • “All That We Have is a Voice….: Ukrainian Writers in a Time of War,” Askold Melnyczuk, writer, editor, and professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • “Preserving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online: The SUCHO Project,” Olha Aleksic, Petro Jacyk Bibliographer for Ukrainian Collections, Harvard University
  • “Scholar Rescue in a Global World,” Iryna Vushko, assistant professor of history, Princeton University
  • “Assistance Efforts for Scientists,” George Gamota, Science and Technology Management Associates

1:00-2:00 Math, Economics, and Technical Sciences

  • “Supernetworks and Ukraine,” Anna Nagurney, Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • “The Reconstruction of Ukraine,” Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • “Promoting Ukrainian Narrative in Science,” Alexey Ladokhin, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Medical Center, University of Kansas
  • “An Astrophysicist in Poland and Relief Efforts,” Melania Nynka, research scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:00-3:00 Language, Literature, and Culture

  • “The Language of War,” Laada Bilaniuk, professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
  • “The Ukrainian Film Community Responds to the War,” Vitaly Chernetsky, professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas
  • “How has war changed Ukrainian poetry? (Lessons from an online archive)” Amelia Glaser, associate professor of Russian and comparative literature, University of California, San Diego
  • “The Contemporary Resonances of Shevchenko’s ‘Kavkaz’,” George Grabowicz, Dmytro Čyževs’kyi Research Professor, Harvard University

3:00-4:00 Medicine and Biology

  • “Medicine Under Occupation: A Voice from Sumy,” Roman Moskalenko, doctor and professor, Sumy State University
  • “Essential Healthcare for people living with opioid use disorder and HIV during Russia’s war in Ukraine,” Jennifer Carroll, associate professor of anthropology, North Carolina State University
  • “Improving Health Care in Ukraine: The Mission of the American-Ukrainian Medical Foundation,” Bohdan Pichurko, critical care physician, Cleveland Clinic
  • “Revived Soldiers Ukraine at War,” Iryna Vashchuk Discipio, president, Revived Soldiers Ukraine

4:00-5:00 Interdisciplinary

  • “Women and War in Ukraine,” Olena Nikolayenko, professor of political science, Fordham University
  • “Ukraine Scholars at Risk program at University of California Irvine,” Iryna Zenyuk, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • “Ukraine’s Racial Minorities in Wartime,” Adriana Helbig, associate professor, Music Department, University of Pittsburgh
  • “Fighting for Intellectual Sovereignty: The Ukrainian Global University,” Tymofii Brik, acting wartime vice-president of international affairs, Kyiv School of Economics

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The Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S. expresses its appreciation to the Ukrainian-American Community Foundation for its support of the Shevchenko Emergency Fund.