April 2022

Slavic Studies has announced that Oksana Stoychuk, a native of Ukraine, will teach courses on Ukrainian language and culture in Fall 2022! First Semester Ukrainian Language (GNS 270/370) will introduce undergraduates and graduates to speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Ukrainian, as well as Ukrainian culture. In Ukrainian Culture & Society (SLAVIC 245), students will learn about Ukraine as a country with a unique ancient culture and intellectual tradition that has shaped Ukrainians shared heritage in the past and is shaping the global present. Complete course descriptions can be found here.

In addition, Stoychuk talks about previous courses she has taught, her native city of Lviv, and the war's impact on life in Ukraine in this GNS+ interview.

Francine Hirsch (Professor of History at UW-Madison) published this essay in The New Republic on March 29.

"Recently, the Russian government livestreamed a Putin rally on YouTube. Someone left the comments open. What transpired was very interesting." Read Hirsch's analysis here.

Andrey Ivanov (Associate Professor of History at UW-Platteville) shares how his parents had just one hour to leave home in Kyiv in this April 11 story for Wisconsin Public Radio.

"He hasn't really slept well since the night of Feb. 24, when the Platteville resident got a call from his parents — some 5,000 miles away in his home country of Ukraine — who told him the bombing had started. Explosions were everywhere, they said." The full story is here.
Follow Russia's war on Ukraine by way of commentary from UW experts, including Paul Castañeda Dower (Agricultural & Applied Economics), Ted Gerber (Sociology), Yoshiko Herrera (Political Science), Francine Hirsch (History), Andrey Ivanov (History, UW-Platteville), and Andrew Kydd (Political Science). Our frequently updated list of more than 75 interviews, outreach appearances, and news stories is located here.

"Students and other members of the UW–Madison community held a vigil for peace in Ukraine on Library Mall on Thursday, March 31. Those who attended stood in solidarity with all affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The event was presented by the Associate Students of Madison and [CREECA]. ASM has passed a resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, unanimously approving the resolution and calling for a 'democratic, peaceful solution.'" View the gallery of photos here.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway declared Saturday, April 9th as the city's official "Solidarity with Ukraine Day," and members of the UW-Madison community were among those who gathered at the steps of the Wisconsin Capitol that afternoon in solidarity. Local news stations covered the rally and the mayor's remarks, including WKOW 27 and Channel 3000 (click the hyperlinks for coverage).
CREECA's growing list of informational resources and charitable organizations providing humanitarian aid in Ukraine can be found here. Information on local events and engagement, support for UW-Madison students, and educational resources for educators are also posted.
Community Updates
Caroline Savage (MA in REECAS and Political Science) sent 2022 Nauryz greetings as the current Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Almaty.

Academic Staff
Congratulations to Instructional Design & Technology Specialist Antonella Caloro, who received an L&S Early Career Award for her tremendous work in supporting such UW-Madison departments as GNS+!

Andy Spencer, Slavic, East European, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Librarian, reports that UW-Madison has acquired two major library resources: the digital backfiles of Novaia gazeta (edited by recent Nobel Prize winner Dmitrii Muratov) and Demokratychna Ukraina.

Halina Filipowicz (Professor Emerita, GNS+) contributed a chapter titled “‘Am I That Name?’ Feminism, Feminist Criticism, and Gender Studies” to the volume Through Words and Deeds: Polish and Polish American Women in History, edited by John J. Bukowczyk (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2021).
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The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) presents
Wednesday, April 20 | 4-5 pm (CDT) | Online

Journalist Rachel Oswald will discuss the current Russia-Ukraine war and its impact on international relations - how the conflict is seen from the Global South, the credibility of international organizations like the United Nations, European Union and NATO, and the pressure on all countries to choose a side. The accompanying film is The Death of Stalin (2017), a biting political satire on power politics and the cult of personality.
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