Olga Andriewsky is an associate Professor in the Department of History, Trent University (Canada). She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1991. The main focus of her research is 19th-early 20th c. social and cultural history of Ukraine and the Russian Empire. She also maintains an active interest in the historiography of the Stalin era and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Stalin and Stalinism for over twenty years.
Mark Andryczyk is the administrator of the Ukrainian Studies Program and lecturer in Ukrainian literature at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. He has a PhD in Ukrainian Literature from the University of Toronto (2005). At Columbia, he has taught several courses on Ukrainian literature and culture. His monograph The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction was published by the University of Toronto Press in March 2012. He is an active translator of contemporary Ukrainian literature into English.
Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, covering U.S. and international politics, as well as a historian of Central and Eastern Europe. Her book, Gulag: A History, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and has appeared in more than two dozen translations. Her latest book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 was published in 2012, and was nominated for the National Book Award. She reviews regularly for the New York Review of Books and the New Republic, and writes occasional columns in the Daily Telegraph. In 2012-2013 she was the Phillipe Roman visiting Professor of History and International Relations at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2006 she was a member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. She is a former deputy editor of the Spectator magazine and a former Warsaw correspondent for the Economist.
Jars Balan is Coordinator of the Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta. In addition to editing several books and translating literary works from Ukrainian, he is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles on Ukrainian Canadian history, literature and theatre, and an illustrated history of Ukrainians in Canada published by Oxford University Press. In recent years he has been actively researching different aspects of the Ukrainian experience in Canada during the interwar years, including the period of the First Five-Year Plan and the Great Famine/Holodomor. He is particularly interested in how the Soviet regime was treated in the mainstream Canadian press from the time of Stalin’s rise to power to the outbreak of the Second World War.
Marta Baziuk has more than twenty years’ experience implementing development, education, and communications projects in North America and Ukraine, including stints as Director of Trafficking and Domestic Violence Prevention for Winrock International and Field Program Officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). She is currently Executive Director of HREC — the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. At HREC, Ms. Baziuk manages programs aimed at ensuring that the Holodomor is thoroughly researched, recognized and incorporated in the teaching of history. HREC has organized two major conferences in its first year-an academic conference and one focusing on education in schools.
Olga Bertelsen (Ph.D., University of Nottingham, U.K., 2013) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Her doctoral thesis examined how the Soviet state used culture to recreate social identities, permitting a more nuanced and theoretically sophisticated understanding of the notion of a ‘propaganda state’, including consideration of forms of collaboration, complicity and resistance. Her current research interests include the spatial dimensions of state violence in the Soviet Union and in Ukraine, psychiatric terror against nationalists, terror by hunger, the interactions between the state and the intelligentsia and the role of the secret police in suppressing the opposition in Ukraine. Her work has been published in three languages (English, Ukrainian and Russian) in scholarly journals from the United States, United Kingdom and Ukraine.
James Bezan was first elected to the House of Commons in the 38th Parliament  as a Conservative Member of Parliament to represent the riding of Selkirk-Interlake. Mr. Bezan currently serves in the 41st Parliament as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence as well as Secretary of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group. MP Bezan had the distinction of being the sponsor of the ‘Ukrainian Holodomor as Genocide’ bill that was approved by Canadian Parliament in June 2008.
Yaroslav Bilinsky (Harvard BA 1954 [magna cum laude]; Princeton PhD 1958) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1961-1965. Dr. Bilinsky has authored 7 books or monographs and 69 articles, review-articles or contributions to encyclopedias; he is considered by many to be a leading authority “on the all matters related to Ukraine”. Eight of the distinguished scholar’s publications have dealt with the subject of Holodomor; in 1999, he authored a seminal review article in Journal of Genocide Research, “Was the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 genocide?”
Kostyantyn Bondarenko has been the Information Technology Specialist at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) since October 2001. His professional skills range from desktop and network support to website, database, and recently, GIS development. During his years at HURI, Mr. Bondarenko has created a series of maps and develops and maintains a website for the Digital Atlas of Ukraine project; designs, implements, and maintains the main HURI website; develops databases for the Publications office; and assists faculty and staff with the use of technology; he also actively participates in university-wide IT initiatives with the goal of applying Harvard’s innovative technologies at the Institute.
Jan Jacek Bruski is Professor of History at the Jagiellonian University, Poland. His research focuses on the history of Ukraine and of Polish-Ukrainian relations in the 20th century. He has authored such books as: Petlurowcy. Centrum Państwowe Ukraińskiej Republiki Ludowej na wychodźstwie, 1919-1924 (The Petliurists. The State Center of the Ukrainian National Republic in exile, 1919-1924), Ukraina (History of Ukraine in the 20th century; with Andrzej Chojnowski) and Między prometeizmem a Realpolitik. II Rzeczpospolita wobec Ukrainy Sowieckiej 1921-1926 (Between Prometheism and Realpolitik. The Second Polish Republic vis-à-vis Soviet Ukraine, 1921-1926). His contributions in the field of Holodomor studies include: Hołodomor 1932-1933. Wielki Głód na Ukrainie w dokumentach polskiej dyplomacji i wywiadu (an edition of Polish intelligence and diplomatic reports on the Great Famine with an introductory essay) and numerous articles (i.e. In Search of New Sources: Polish Diplomatic and Intelligence Reports on the Holodomor, in: Christian Noack, Lindsay Janssen, Vincent Comerford (ed.), Holodomor and Gorta Mór: Histories, Memories and Representations of Famine in Ukraine and Ireland).
Eugene Czolij was called to the Quebec Bar in 1982 and is a senior partner at Lavery, de Billy, one of the largest law firms in Quebec, with more than 170 lawyers. His legal practice includes corporate and commercial litigation, shareholder oppression remedies, the insolvency of significant corporations, banking litigation and class action suits. He pleads before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as all court levels in Quebec. In 2008, he was elected as president of the Ukrainian World Congress for a five-year term, and was re-elected for a second term in 2013. The Ukrainian World Congress is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The Ukrainian World Congress has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the Ukrainian World Congress was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status.
Serge Cipko is Coordinator of the Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Initiative at the Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre, CIUS. Dr. Cipko is the author, co-author, or co-editor of five books, including his Ukrainians in Argentina, 1897–1950: The Making of a Community (Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 2011). His recent articles on the Holodomor include: “Canada and the Holodomor: A Brief Discussion,” Holodomor Studies 3, nos. 1–2 (2011): 133–142 and “Edmonton Newspaper Reports about the 1932–1933 Famine in Ukraine,” Journal of Ukrainian Studies 35–36 (2010–2011): 225–234. He is currently writing a book on the subject of Canada and the Famine.
Nigel Colley is an IT consultant based in the UK. He first became interested in his great uncle, Gareth Jones, in 1997 when he began helping his mother to research the mystery surrounding his murder in China in 1935. After he published his mother’s book on the subject he created the website www.garethjones.org in 2001 and has been adding to it ever since. It was through the website that the Ukrainian community contacted Nigel asking him if he knew about Gareth’s role in exposing the Holodomor. In 2003, Nigel and his mother Dr. Siriol Colley were invited to speak on the subject in New York in 2003 at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. In 2006, Nigel gave a presentation comprehensively revealing the content of Gareth’s journalist diaries exposing the Holodomor at a conference in Urbana-Champaign Illinois, following which he was invited to give the similar presentations to academic conferences and the Ukrainian Diaspora across the USA, Canada, Ukraine and other parts of Europe. Nigel was consultant, and has appeared in the Ukrainian film ‘The Living’ (2008) and a film broadcast on the BBC in July 2012 ‘Hitler, Stalin and Mr Jones’. His website received over 100,000 hits in one week after Gareth’s diaries were displayed at Cambridge University in 2009. It continues to receive thousands of hits, helping to spread Gareth’s story and his role in exposing the Holodomor.
Bohdan Futey has served as Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims since 1987. Judge Futey is actively involved with Democratization and Rule of Law programs organized by the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Department of State and the American Bar Association in Ukraine and Russia. Additionally, he has offered considered remarks on the Holodomor: a presentation entitled International Legal Responsibility for Genocide: Justice in the Court at the Conference on the Holodomor-Genocide in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 25-26,2008 and a commentary entitled The Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) Criminal Case on the Famine-Holodomor of 1932-1933 before the Kyiv Court of Appeals read at a Conference on the Holodomor in Kyiv, Ukraine, August 25, 2009. Both set of remarks have been subsequently been printed in legal publications (journals) in Ukraine.
Ray Gamache is Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of Mass Communications at King’s College PA. Ray received his Ph.D. from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park in 2008. Prior to teaching at King’s, Ray taught at liberal arts colleges in Minnesota and New Hampshire for more than twenty years. Dr. Gamache is the author of several books, including Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor (Welsh Academic Press, 2013). Dr. Gamache’s articles have published in Journalism History, American Journalism, the Journal of Sports Media, Studies in Symbolic Interaction and West Virginia Philological Papers. He is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the American Journalism Historians Association.
George G. Grabowicz is Dmytro Cyzevs’kyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his PhD in comparative literature from Harvard, where he was also Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows. Professor Grabowicz has been Chairman of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard and Director of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute. He was one of the founders and President of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies (MAU) and Chairman of the American Committee of Slavists. In 1997 he founded and since then has been editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian monthly Krytyka which has become a leading intellectual journal in Ukraine, with contributors not only from that country, but from Poland, Russia and the West as well. Professor Grabowicz has written on Ukrainian, Polish and Russian literature and on literary theory. His recent scholarly interests include the comparative study of “national poets,” symbolic autobiography, East European modernism; his contribution to the 2008 Hunger by Design volume, entitled Holodomor and Memory, has been carefully studied by those who wish understand the cultural/socio-psychological consequences of the great Ukrainian tragedy.
Andrea Graziosi is Professor of History at the Università di Napoli Federico II, Past President (2007-2011) of the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History, President (2011-2013) Italian University System Research Assessment Committee for History, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Psychology. A former fellow of the Kennan Institute, he has taught Soviet History at Yale, Harvard, where he is a fellow of both the Harvard Ukrainian Institute and the Davis Center for Russian Studies, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and at Moscow State University. A member of the editorial board of several Italian, English, French, Russian, Ukrainian and American specialized journals, he is the co-editor in Moscow of the series Dokumenty sovetskoi istorii. Among his publications devoted to the Holodomor: Lettere da Kharkov (Einaudi 1991, Charkiv 2007, Paris, 2013); The Great Soviet Peasant War (Harvard 1996, Naples 1997, Moscow 1998 and 2008); The Soviet 1931–33 Famines and the Ukrainian Holodomor: Is a New Interpretation Possible, What Would Its Consequences Be?, in H. Hryn, ed., Hunger by Design: The Great Ukrainian Famine and Its Soviet Context, Cambridge, Ma, Harvard University Press, 2009.
Lubomyr Hajda is Associate Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. A historian with a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he has taught at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. From 1978 to 1992 he held the position of Academic Coordinator of Harvard’s Master’s program in Soviet studies. Among his publications are the entry on Ukrainian history in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th ed.), The Nationalities Factor in Soviet Politics and Society (with Mark Beissinger), and Ukraine in the World: Studies in the International Relations and Security Structure of a Newly Independent State. Dr. Hajda has organized several academic projects at Harvard devoted to the Holodomor, and is the author of “Twenty Years after the HURI Famine Project: Revisiting the Issues and the Scholarship,” Harvard Ukrainian Studies, vol. 25, no. 3/4 (Fall 2001), reprinted in Halyna Hryn, ed., Hunger by Design: The Great Ukrainian Famine and Its Soviet Context (2008), and co-editor (with Andrea Graziosi and Halyna Hryn), of After the Holodomor: The Enduring Impact of the Great Famine on Ukraine (2013).
Ludmila Hrynewych has been an academic associate of the of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since 1991; she is presently Senior Researcher at the NASU’s Institute of History, charged with studying the Holodomor. She is the author of over 60 published studies, including the magisterial three volume work: «Хроніки колективізації і Голодомору в Україні. 1927 – 1933» (Chronicle of Collectization and the Holodomor, 1927-1933) which in 2009 received the coveted All-Ukrainian ‘Book of the Year’ award. SR Hrynewych has taken part in a number of seminal projects in the field of Ukrainian history, including: membership in the working group tasked with studying the OUN-UPA, consulation as an expert on “criminal responsiblility issues concerning the Holodomor”, membership in the academic advisory committee of the “Ukrainian-Jewish Encounters Initiative” and academic consultative work with CIUS’s Holodomor Research & Education Consortium.
Vladislav Hrynewych has been an academic associate of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since 1988; he is presently Senior Researcher of Ukrainian History tasked with studying the Stalinist Era, World World II and the politics of memory, particularly with regards to the impact of the Holodomor on Ukrainian society’s sense of identity. After completing his undergraduate studies at Kviv National University in 1988, he was a awarded a Kandidat Istorychnykh Nauk in 1994 and advanced to Doktor Politychnykh Nauk in 2007. Professional honors have included fellowship study through the Shklar program at Harvard Institute of Ukrainian Studies and through the Jacyk program at CIUS (University of Alberta & Toronto), a Fulbright-Kennan scholarship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center (Washington D.C.), a fellowship to work at The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam University and inclusion in a professional exchange project, “U.S. Perspectives on Holocaust and Holodomor Studies,” developed under the framework of the International Visitor Leadership Program by US Government. Dr. Hrynevych’s publications on the Holodomor include: Hrynevych, V. Неприборкане Різноголосся: Друга світова війна і суспільно-політичні настрої в Україні, 1939 – червень 1941 рр. (Unbridled Dissonance: The Second World War and Socio-Political Identities in Ukraine, 1939-1941) (Kyiv – Dnipropetrovs’k, 2012) and Hrynevych, V. Суспільно-політичні настрої населення України в роки Другої світової війни.(1939-1945 рр.)(Social and Political Moods and Morality of the population in Ukraine during the Second World War (1939-1945) . (Kyiv, 2007)
Halyna Hryn is Editor of the journal Harvard Ukrainian Studies. She has lectured on Ukrainian language and culture at Harvard, Yale and the University of Manitoba. Dr. Hryn’s research interests center on Soviet Ukrainian literature and cultural politics of the 1920s–1930s, on which she has written the monograph “Literaturnyi Jarmarok”: Ukrainian Modernism’s Defining Moment (Kyiv: Krytyka, forthcoming 2015). She is also editor of the volume Hunger by Design: The Great Ukrainian Famine and Its Soviet Context (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Papers in Ukrainian Studies, 2008) and coeditor, with Andrea Graziosi and Lubomyr A. Hajda, of the forthcoming collection After the Holodomor: The Enduring Impact of the Great Famine on Ukraine (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 2014).
Taras Hunczak is Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers University Newark. He is the author, editor or co-editor of myriad books, articles and book reviews concerning the history of modern Ukraine. Prof. Hunczak co-edited with Roman Serbyn a key early Holodomor reader: Famine in Ukraine 1932 – 1933: Genocide by Other Means and co-authored with Bobby Leigh a movie Holodomor–Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-33. Additionally, he has lectured on the subject at the United Nations and at numerous universities.
Douglas Irvin-Erickson is a Ph.D. candidate in Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark, and he holds an MA in English Literature from Rutgers. A graduate student associate of the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights, Irvin-Erickson is completing a dissertation on the Life and Works of Raphael Lemkin: A History of the Idea of Genocide. He has done professional and academic work in the fields of international humanitarian law and peace building.
Hennadiy Ivanushchenko was the Director of the State Archives of Sumy Oblast from 2005 through the end of 2010. During his tenure all 57,000 official records of deaths due to the Holodomor in Sumy Oblast were digitized – the only State Archives to have achieved such progress. Mr. Ivanushchenko is also a Member of the Academic Council for the Center to Study the Liberation Movement of Ukraine. He served as a Consulting Archivist to the Ukrainian Information Service in London, a Guest Researcher at the Ukrainian Museum Archive in Cleveland and a Researcher for the Ucrainica Research Institute of Toronto.
Bohdan Klid is Assistant Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta. He has written articles on Ukrainian historiography and on contemporary popular music and politics in Ukraine. Dr. Klid is co-compiler and co-editor (with Alexander J. Motyl) of The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine (Edmonton and Toronto: CIUS Press, 2012).
Stanislav Kulchytsky has served as the Head of the Department of Ukrainian History in the 1920’s and 1930’s in the Institute of History at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since 1997. Before joining the Institute of History in 1972, he worked in the Institute of Economics. He is a Kandidat Economichnykh Nauk, a Doktor Istorychnykh Nauk and an Honored Worker of Science of Ukraine. His publications include mongraphies, text books and articles, published in North America, Europe and the Former Soviet Union. In 2001 he received a State Prize of Ukraine for his academic work and in 2011 he was a recipient of the Antonovych Award. In 1989, Dr. Kulchytsky authored of one of the first large scale publications in the Ukrainian SSR about the Holodomor “1933: The Tragedy of Famine” in the series “Theory and Practive of the CPSU. A History”. He also contributed to the first compilation of documents published by the CPU in 1990 “Famine 1932-1933 in Ukraine: Through the Eyes of Historians in the Language of Documents” with his particular study: “The Tragic Statistics of Hunger”. His other works include “Collectivization and Famine in Ukraine. 1929-1933”, “The Total Collectivization of the Ukrainian Village. A Demographic Catastrophe”, “Famine 1932-1933 in Ukraine as Genocide” and “Why did He Annihilate Us? Stalin and the Ukrainian Holodomor”.
Robert Kusnierz, Assistant Professor at the Institute of History of Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Poland, received his doctorate from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin in 2004. Dr. Robert Kusnierz is the author and co-author of three books: Ukraina w latach kolektywizacji i Wielkiego Głodu (1929-1933), Toruń 2005, which holds the distinction of being the first Polish scholarly monograph to deal with one of the greatest communist crimes committed in Europe – the 1932-1933 Holodomor, Pomór w „raju bolszewickim”. Głód na Ukrainie w latach 1932-1933 w świetle polskich dokumentów dyplomatycznych i dokumentów wywiadu, Toruń 2008”, which did much to highlight the attitude of Poland towards the Ukrainian tragedy and revealed, for the first time, the existence of 70 Polish hitherto unknown archival documents on the Holodomor and the well received Holodomor. The Great Famine in Ukraine 1932 – 1933, Warsaw – Kiev 2009. Dr. Kusnierz is also the author of the exhibition scenario: “The Great Famine in Ukraine of 1932-1933”, presented on 5 March 2007 outside the Wawel Castle in Krakow, and eventually in many other Polish cities including Warsaw, Kielce, Gdansk, Elblag and Wroclaw.
Valentina Kuryliw is an educator with more than thirty-five years’ experience teaching history. She has written curricula, authored history methodologies, and prepared materials for museums in both Canada and Ukraine. Presently, she is the Director of Education at the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (known as HREC) of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies of the University of Alberta. She is also the Chair of the National Holodomor Education Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, working to incorporate the Holodomor into history and social studies courses at the high school level across Canada since 2009. Mrs. Kuryliw is the author of a workbook on the Holodomor for high school students: “Holodomor in Ukraine, the Genocidal Famine 1932-1933” which will be published in its 2nd edition by CIUS Press in January 2014; the workbook is intended for both teachers and students and consists of a collection of articles, primary sources, eyewitness reports, along with extensive lesson plans that call on critical and historical thinking skills, as well as a resource list for educators. Ms. Kuryliw also compiled the “Holodomor Teaching Kit” for schools, which includes the workbook, several books, a DVD and pamphlets on the Holodomor. This past May, as the Director of Education for HREC, she organized a conference for educators in Toronto entitled: The Holodomor and Curricula, Triumphs and Challenges.
Joseph Livesey is a second year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at New York University (NYU); concurrently, he is working on the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute’s GIS Map Project. In the past year, he has presented his own historical and theoretical work related to the Holodomor on “Stalinist Logics of Starvation” at the 8th Annual Danyliw Research Seminar in Ottawa and the Association of the Study of Nationalities Conference (ASN) in New York City. He is now particularly interested in the production of historical knowledge in Ukraine, namely its imbrication in locally specific understandings of the role of the state, historical memory, and globally diverse academic discourses.
Nataliia Levchuk is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Demography and Social Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She received her PhD in Demography from the Institute of Demography and Social Studies and her post-doctoral training at the International Max Planck Research School for Demography in Rostock (Germany) in 2008-2010. Her research interests include historical demography, social demography, health and mortality. Dr. Levchuk is involved in the research project on the GIS-based Atlas of the Holodomor undertaken by Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. During March-May 2012 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University estimating Holodomor losses by region. Currently she is working at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and on estimating population losses in 1933 at the local district level (with Dr. Wolowyna and Ukrainian demographers). Her publications on the Holodomor include: Rudnytskyi, O., Levchuk N., Wolowyna O., and P. Shevchuk. (2014). 1932–33 famine losses in Ukraine within the context of the Soviet Union. In: Curran D., Luciuk, L. and Newby, A. (eds.). Famines in European Economic History: The Last Great European Famines Reconsidered. New York: Routledge (Explorations in Economic History) (forthcoming) and Levchuk N. (2008). Nadsmertnist ta znyzhennia tryvalosti zhyttia v Ukraini vnaslidok Holodomoru 1932-1933 rokiv In: Jukhnovskyj, I. R. (ed.) Holodomor 1932-1933 rokiv v Ukraiini: prychyny, demografichni naslidky, pravova otsinka Kyiv: Ukraiinsjkyj Instytut Natsionalnoji Pamiati.
Lubomyr Luciuk, PhD, teaches political geography at the Royal Military College of Canada, in Kingston, Ontario. The editor, co-editor and author of over a dozen books, and more than 200 published opinion-editorials, he is particularly interested in 20th century Ukraine, the Ukrainian post-war Diaspora and the Ukrainian national liberation movement. As a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, he helped organize the international campaign aimed at revoking the Pulitzer Prize of NY Times correspondent, Walter Duranty. He also unveiled a commemorative marker to Gareth Jones, at the University of Aberystwyth, in Wales, and has promoted Holodomor awareness by co-editing documentary collections including The Foreign Office and the Famine: British Documents on Soviet Ukraine and the Great Famine of 1932-1933; Holodomor: Reflections on the Great Famine of 1932-1933 and The Holy See and the Holodomor. He has most recently finished co-editing work on a comparative study of the Finnish, Irish, and Ukrainian famines, due for publication through Routledge in early 2014.
Cheryl Madden, while teaching history at the Community College of Rhode Island, took up the arduous task of creating an annotated bibliography of English language sources concerning the Holodomor for the Taras Shevchenko Scientific Society of America to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the tragedy. The remarkable effort was not lost on Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, who named Madden a recipient of the coveted Ukrainian national award: The Order of Princess Olha in 2008 for her research and for raising public awareness of the Stalin’s genocidal forced starvation of Ukraine in 1932-1933.
Andrij Makuch is a graduate of the University of Alberta (specializing in Ukrainian-Canadian history). He has undertaken research for the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and taught at the University of Saskatchewan. Since 1988 he has worked at the Toronto Office of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, initially with the Encyclopedia of Ukraine project and the CIUS Ukrainian Canadian Program and most recently with the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium. He was one of the principal organizers of major Holodomor conferences in Toronto in 2007 (seeing through the publication of the papers as a special edition of The Harriman Review) and 2013.
John S. Micgiel is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University and former Director of its Institute on East Central Europe and Institute on Western Europe. He is currently serving as Visiting Professor at Warsaw University ‘s Eastern Studies Center and the Estonian School of Diplomacy at Tallinn. Dr. Micgiel is the author, editor, co-editor or translator of 10 books dealing with post World War II Eastern Europe and Post Soviet Era Eastern Europe.
Alexander J. Motyl (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984) is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark. He served as associate director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in 1992-1998. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, he is the author of Pidsumky imperii, 2009; Puti imperii, 2004; Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires, 2001; Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities, 1999; Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism, 1993; Sovietology, Rationality, Nationality: Coming to Grips with Nationalism in the USSR, 1990; Will the Non Russians Rebel? State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR, 1987; The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919, 1929, 1980, and the editor of over ten volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism, 2000. He is, together with Bohdan Klid, the editor of The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine, 2012.
Tamara Olexy currently serves as President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA). Previous to her current position, Ms. Olexy spent several years heading the National Office of the UCCA in New York, as well as directing the Ukrainian National Information Service in Washington, DC.
Jan Pieklo has been Director of PAUCI (the Poland America Ukraine Cooperation Initiative, eventually renamed the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation) since 2005; in that role, he manages various trans-border projects with Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia. Immediately prior, Mr. Pieklo worked as a program director for ZNAK Foundation in Krakow, supervising different educational/journalism programs. In the 1990s, as a journalist, he covered Romanian Revolution and war in former Yugoslavia. Author of two documentary books on the Balkans, he recently published a novel in Polish and Ukrainian – “Scent of the Angel” – which is based on his work experience in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Still earlier, he was an editor of “Tygodnik Powszechny”, a leading weekly of the Polish anti-Communist opposition. From 1982 to 1988 he contributed to printed clandestine Solidarity publications. Until December 13, 1981, he was with “Gazeta Krakowska”, a Krakow daily, working as an editor at the news desk; being fired as a journalist under the martial law in Poland, he practiced as a psychotherapist (with an MA from Jagiellonian University) working with the adolescent patients. In June 2013, the PAUCI head initiated and organized an international Polish-Ukrainian-German conference on Holodomor and historical memory in Warsaw.
Herman Pirchner, in 1982, became the founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), a non-profit public policy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Under his leadership, AFPC has hosted the Washington visits of hundreds of foreign officials, ranging from the Prime Minister of Malta to the Prime Minister of Russia; conducted hundreds of briefings for members of Congress and their staffs; and organized dozens of fact-finding missions abroad for current and former senior American officials. AFPC’s publication program includes the sponsorship of numerous articles, monographs and books. In recent years, AFPC authors have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal (including the European and Asian editions), the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and the New York Post, among other prominent newspapers and magazines. During the same period, AFPC scholarly articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as The National Interest, Current History, Middle East Quarterly, Problems of Post-Communism, and The Journal of International Security Affairs.
Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, where he leads a group of researchers working on the GIS Map Atlas of Holodomor. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Dr. Plokhii is the author of several influential monographs, including most recently Yalta: The Price of Peace (Viking Press, 2010, Penguin 2011) and The Cossack Myth: History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In 2013, Dr. Plokhii was named Walter Channing Cabot Fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University for scholarly eminence in the field of history.
Gennadi Pobereżny is a Holodomor Research Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, where he is the chief cartographer for the Holodomor section of the Digital Atlas of Ukraine – a GIS-based interactive online resource on the Great Famine, and a scholar in genocide studies with a particular interest in the Soviet policies in Ukraine under the Stalinist regime; he is also a political geographer interested in post-Soviet transitional societies completing his Ph.D. thesis at Rutgers University on Ukraine’s administrative reforms. He holds a Candidate Degree in Political Science and three Master’s degrees in Global Affairs, Geography, and Sustainable Systems.
Natalia Pylypiuk is Professor of Ukrainian Language and Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Her research focuses on the impact of Neo-Latin education on early-modern Ukrainian culture. She has won two “Best Article” awards from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies. One of these articles was a ground breaking study of the depiction of Wisdom during the hetmancy of Ivan Mazepa. The other was a comparative analysis of the mystical narcissism in the oeuvre of Skovoroda and the poetry of the dissident Vasyl’ Stus. As Principal Investigator, Dr. Pylypiuk co-authored with Dr. Oleh Ilnytzkyj and Mr. Serhiy Kozakov the Online Concordance to the Complete Works of H. Skovoroda, which was funded by a major grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Ottawa) in 2005-2009. Between 1992 and 2002, Dr. Pylypiuk served Canadian Slavonic Papers, an international and interdisciplinary academic journal, first as Assistant to the Book Review Editor, then as Book Review Editor. Currently she serves on the Editorial Board of Kyjivs’ka akademija, an annual publication devoted to the culture of Early-Modern Ukraine.
Stefan Romaniw OAM serves as General Secretary of the Ukrainian World Congress, the entity formally tasked with representing the global Ukrainian Hromada. Mr. Romaniw concurrently holds the position of Executive Director of Community Languages Australia. He served successive terms as Chairperson of the Victorian Provincial Multicultural Commission. In his role as UWC General Secretary, he has performed double duty as Chair of the International Standing Committee on the 1932-33 Holodomor; his myriad and tireless efforts to highlight the great Ukrainian tragedy globally have received wide praise.
Victor Rud, a graduate of Harvard College and Duke University School of Law as well as son of Holodomor survivors from the Poltava and Kharkiv regions, took up co-representation of a seminal documentary effort about the Holodomor, Harvest of Despair, at the International New York Film Festival in 1985; the young future Chairman of the Ukrainian American Bar Association would carry his co-representation into uncharted but significant waters when he and close associates managed to convince William Buckley to show Harvest of Despair as part of an extended Firing Line program on PBS in 1986. The showing proved crucial, indeed – pivotal, in increasing Holodomor awareness.
Michael Sawkiw is the former President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the leading representative organization of the Ukrainian American community. He was first elected President in October 2000 in Chicago and subsequently re-elected in September 2004 in Philadelphia. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the UCCA’s Washington, DC bureau – the Ukrainian National Information Service – and presently holds this position again. His key achievements in Washington have included the formation of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus in 1997; advocating the graduation of Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik amendment; and, most notably, passage by the United States Congress of a bill to authorize the construction of a monument to the victims of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 in Washington, DC. Mr. Sawkiw, concurrent to his work at UNIS, is the Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Genocide-Holodomor Awareness 1932-33, a national civic organization to promote awareness of the Ukrainian Genocide amongst the American society.
Roman Serbyn studied at McGill, Sorbonne and Université de Montréal, and in 1975 received a Ph.D. in History from McGill. From 1969 to 2002, he taught in the History Department of Université du Québec à Montréal. His academic interests have included: Kyivian Rus, XIX-XX centuries Ukrainian and Russian history, the national question, especially Ukrainian-Russian and Ukrainian-Jewish relations, the famine of 1921-23, the Holodomor of the early 1930s, and Ukrainian participation in WWII; he has written on these topics for scholarly and popular publications and given papers at various academic conferences and public gatherings. In 1983, together with Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko (then head of CIUS), Dr. Serbyn organized the first international Conference on the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933. Since Ukraine’s independence and the opening of Ukrainian archives, he has concentrated his work on the Holodomor and World War II. He edited Rafael Lemkin, Soviet Genocide in Ukraine-Article in 28 Languages (Kyiv, 2009). From 2009 to 2011, he took on the task of editing Holodomor Studies in the spirit of Raphael Lemkin’s conceptualization of the Ukrainian genocide, as a four pronged attack on the Ukrainian nation.
Yuri Shapoval is presently the Chief Research Associate at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine’s Institute of Political and Ethno-national Studies; he completed his undergraduate work at the Shevchenko National University in Kyiv in 1975, attained the rank of Doktor Istorychnykh Nauk in 1994 and the rank of Professor in 2000. Dr Shapoval is the author of over 500 published studies, amongst them several on the Holodomor and a number printed worldwide. He was co-editor, co-author of the foreword and author of a key article in the acclaimed 2001 work: Командири великого голоду/Commanders of the Holodomor. He and Polish colleagues co-edited and co-authored two volumes dealing with documents in the intelligence archives of Poland and the USSR for the 1930s that focused on the Great Famine of 1933 in a larger work put out Poland Institute for National Remembrance: “Голодомор в Україні, 1932-1933” (Holodomor. The Great Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933) Kyiv-Warsaw 2008. He participated as editor and author of the foreword for a Kyiv-Kingston CA published volume: The Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 in Ukraine.
Oxana Shevel is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. She holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, an M. Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in England, and a BA in English and French from Kyiv State University in Ukraine. Her research and teaching focuses on Ukraine and the post-Soviet region generally, and issues such as nation- and state-building, the politics of citizenship and migration, memory politics, and the influence of international institutions on democratization. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge 2011), a book which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in Ukraine and other states in the post-Communist region. The book received the 2012 American Association of Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) book prize. The AAUS also selected Professor Shevel’s piece: “The politics of memory in a divided society/A comparison of post-Franco Spain and post-Soviet Ukraine” (Slavic Review 2011), as best article in history, politics, language, literature, and culture for 2012. Her research has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals such as Comparative Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Slavic Review, Post-Soviet Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Nationality Papers, and in edited volumes.
Myroslav Shkandrij graduated from the Universities of Cambridge (BA) and Toronto (PhD), and now works as Professor of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba. Author of several books on Ukrainian literature and cultural politics, most recently Jews in Ukrainian Literature: Representation and Identity (Yale University Press, 2009). His Ukrainian Nationalism: Politics, Myth, Ideology and Literature, 1929-56 (Yale University Press) is due to appear in 2014. He has also written on the avant-garde and has curated three exhibitions on the art of the early twentieth century, most recently Propaganda and Slogans: The Political Poster in Soviet Ukraine, 1919-1921, which is currently being shown at the Ukrainian Museum, New York. He has also translated several Ukrainian authors into English, notably Mykola Khvylovy’s The Cultural Renaissance in Ukraine: Polemical Pamphlets (1986) and Serhy Zhadan’s Depeche Mode (2013).
Yuri Shymko is a former politician, human rights advocate, social activist, and community leader in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1978 to 1979, and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1981 to 1987 as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. As Secretary-General of the Ukrainian World Congress from 1973 to 1978 and President of the Ukrainian World Congress (1988 to 1993), he played an instrumental role in persuading Canada to become the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991. Presently, he serves as the Head of the International Conference in Support of Ukraine and has pledged to redouble efforts to get the Holodomor formally recognized as an act of genocide by the world’s leading democracies.
Andrew Stuttaford is British-born, but has worked in the United States since 1991. He is a lawyer by training, but has worked in the international financial sector for many years. He has also been active in journalism since the early 1990s. His writing has appeared in National Review, National Review Online (where he’s a contributing editor), The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The New York Sun, The New Criterion, Bookforum, American Outlook, Forbes Polska and The Baltic Independent. Andrew has a long-standing interest in the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and has frequently written on this topic, including articles on Walter Duranty and the Pulitzer (one of which was reproduced in Lubomyr Luciuk’s Not Worthy), and Gareth Jones. More recently he reviewed two books of very direct relevance for Holodomor studies, Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands and Stalin’s Genocides by Norman Naimark, for National Review Online.
Frank E. Sysyn is Director of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, and editor in chief of the Hrushevsky Translation Project, the English translation of the multi-volume History of Ukraine-Rus’. He is a member of the executive committee of the newly-established Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) at CIUS. A specialist in Ukrainian and Polish history, Dr. Sysn is the author of Between Poland and the Ukraine: The Dilemma of Adam Kysil, 1600-1653 (1985), Mykhailo Hrushevsky: Historian and National Awakener (2001), and studies on the Khmelnytsky Uprising, Ukrainian historiography, early modern Ukrainian political culture, and the Holodomor. He is also coauthor, with Serhii Plokhii, of Religion and Nation in Modern Ukraine (2003).
Valeriy Vasyliev is a Senior Researcher with the Department of Regional Issues in the History of Ukraine at the Institute of History in the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He has published numerous articles on the Holodomor and major works either authored or co-authored by him include: “The Nature of Stalin’s Dictatorship: The Politburo, 1924-1953” and “The Commanders of the Great Famine: Travels of V. Molotov and L. Kaganovich to Ukraine and the Northern Caucasus 1932-1933”.
Vladislav Verstiuk is Deputy Director of Ukraine’s National Memory Institute. Earlier, he held an appointment at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine with the Institute of History; he specialized in the subject of the Ukrainian National Revolution (1917-1921). In recent debates with Russian historians, Dr Verstiuk, has categorically rejected their claims there was no intent behind the 1932-33 Famine, that nobody, not even Stalin, wanted or planned the tragedy, that it was the result of mistakes and miscalculations behind a poorly planned collectivization policy. He has pointed to a message Stalin delivered in January 1933, in which the dictator issued a threat specifically to Ukrainian peasants, “give us your grain, or you will be punished.” The Ukrainian scholar has continued by pointing out Stalin wanted to break what was considered to be a disobedient republic to make clear to others his intent to create a highly centralized Soviet state. The Soviet Union of the 1920s was not at all similar to the Soviet Union that people still remember, a unitary post-war state that was only formally divided into constituent republics. That model came into existence only after the Holodomor. The breaking of Ukraine was seen as a way of subordinating other republics under absolute obedience to Stalin, which indeed happened.
Mark von Hagen is Professor of History and Global Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe; in July 2013, he was elected Dean of the Philosophy Faculty at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich. While Dr. von Hagen taught at Columbia University (1985-2007), the New York Times asked him to review the reportage of Walter Duranty from Moscow during the 1920s and early 1930s for which Duranty had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. He contributed a chapter to Famine in Ukraine 1932-33: Genocide by Other Means (New York, 2007), edited by Taras Hunczak and Roman Serbyn, and wrote the introduction to Sources for the Study of the Great Famine in Ukraine (The Holodomor Series; Ukrainian Studies Fund, 2009), a collection of essays written by Hennadii Boriak, former head of Ukraine’s National Archives. More recently, he took part in “Contextualizing the Holodomor: A Conference on the 80th Anniversary of the 1932-1933 Famine in Ukraine,” held at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto (September 27-28, 2013). Dr. von Hagen has served as director of the Harriman Institute, chair of the History Department at Columbia University, president of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies, of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, as member of the National Council for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Research, the Social Science Research Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and other organizations. He is a member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society (New York) and the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and on the editorial boards of Slavic Review, Ab Imperio, Kritika, and Ukraina Moderna.
Volodymyr Vyatrovych is currently the Director of the History of Ukrainian Statehood of the XXth Century at the National University “Kyiv Mohyla Academy”. He earlier served as the Director of the Center to Research the Liberation Movement of Ukraine and as the Director of Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) [2008-2010]. He is a Kandidat Istorychnykh Nauk and was a Mykola Lebed Research Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University in 2011-2012; his recently published study of Volyn during World War II is already considered a ‘breakthrough piece of scholarship’.
Nicolas Werth is Research Director at the CNRS, Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent, Paris and author of a number of books, including: Histoire de l’Union Soviétique. De l’Empire russe à la CEI, 1900-1991, Paris, PUF, 1991. 8th edition, 2012/ the chapters on the Soviet Union in The Black Book of Communism ( Harvard U.P.1999); Cannibal Island ( Princeton U.P, 2006); La Terreur et le Désarroi. Staline et son système, Paris, Perrin, 2007; L’ivrogne et la marchande de fleurs. Autopsie d’un meurtre de masse 1937-1938, Paris, Tallandier 2009; L’Etat soviétique contre les paysans, Paris, Tallandier, 2011; La route de la Kolyma, Paris, Belin, 2012 ( awarded the non-fiction Prix Essai France-Télévisions 2013). On the Holodomor, the CNRS head has written several chapters or parts of books in The Black Book of Communism, La Terreur et le Désarroi. Staline et son système, and several articles in the journals L’Histoire, Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’Histoire and for the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence.
Oleh Wolowyna has a PhD in demography from Brown University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He has taught at the Universities of Western Ontario in Canada and of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. Dr. Wolowyna is a Research Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies at Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a full member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the US, and the founding Director of the Center for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research of Ukrainians in the US at the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the US. His research interests are: demography of the Holodomor, historical and current demography of Ukraine, and demographic and socio-economic characteristics of Ukrainians in the US. He was a 2009-10 Fulbright Research Fellow in Ukraine, doing research on the Holodomor at the Institute of Demography and Social Research, National Academy of Sciences. Currently he is coordinating work on the demography of the Holodomor with a team of demographers at the Institute of Demography and Social Research. His publications on the Holodomor include: Wolowyna, Oleh 2012. “The Famine-Genocide of 1932-33: Estimation of Losses and Demographic Impact”, in Bohdan Klid and Alexander Motyl (eds.). The Holodomor Reader. Edmonton, Canada: CIUS Press and Wolowyna, Oleh. 2009. “Holodomor Losses: Holodomor Losses and Research Challenges” in Jukhnovskyj, I. R. (ed.) Holodomor 1932-1933 rokiv v Ukraiini: prychyny, demografichni naslidky, pravova otsinka Kyiv: Ukraiinsjkyj Instytut Natsionalnoji Pamiati.
Hennadi Yefimenko is a Senior Researcher in the Institute of History at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, specializing in national and economic issues of the 1920s and 1930s. He has several studies on the Holodomor published including his powerfully argued piece in 2009 in Holodomor Studies entitled: The Soviet Nationalities Policy Change of 1933 or Why “Ukrainian Nationalism” Became the Main Threat to Stalin in Ukraine. His most recent monograph entitled “The Status of the Ukrainian SSR and Its Relations with the Russian SFSR” was published electronically in 2012.
Marianna Zajac is President of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Inc. (an educational, charitable, cultural not for profit organization uniting women of Ukrainian descent since 1925); First Vice President of The Ukrainian Museum in New York City (founded by The UNWLA in 1976); Board Member of the World Congress of Ukrainians; Honorary Member of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, a member organization of the National Council of Women; participant in the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conferences; presenter at the 2011 (20th) Conference of the World Information Transfer (Health & the Enviroment); member of the U.S. Holodomor Committee. As UNWLA President, Ms. Zajac has spearheaded three critically important initiatives: the creation of an Endowment at the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation to create the “UNWLA Lectureship in Women’s Studies” at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine (inauguration Sept 2012); partnership with Doctors Collaborating to Help Children of Boston, MA (supported by Shriner’s and Harvard Medical) to create the first Shriner’s Outreach Clinic in Eastern Europe – that is, in L’viv, Ukraine (3rd such two-week clinic took place in Sept 2013), an effort that additionally brings children from Ukraine to Shriner’s for pediatric burn care victims; and, finally, the translation from Ukrainian into English of the oral histories of witnesses of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-33 – “A Candle in Remembrance” — and the book’s dissemination to universities in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zaryckyj is Executive Director of the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR). The said Center has been designed to provide a set of “informational platforms” or venues for senior-level representatives of the political, economic, security, diplomatic and cultural/academic establishments of the United States and Ukraine to exchange views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and to showcase what has been referred to as a “burgeoning relationship of notable geopolitical import” between the two nations. Dr. Zaryckyj completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Columbia University.