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Roundtable XXII: Forging A Strong Yet Forbearing National Identity – Past Endeavors


October 21 2021


UA Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable XXII: took place on October 21 2021 in Washington DC at the University Club as a hybrid event (in person & Zoom attended). It was the first of a new Quest RT Series trilogy dedicated to exploring the Ukrainian nation’s efforts to establish a strong yet broadminded identity – past, present, future. The event included a session on Russia’s perennial attempts to deny Ukraine its history, recently dubbed the ‘Memory Wars’; famed Ukrainian dissident in late Cold War period and presently vice rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv Myroslav Marynovych was the featured speaker of the session.


Bohdan Futey
Lubomyr Hajda
Andy Harris
Irene Jarosewych
Phillip Karber
Petro Kormylo
Orest Kryvdyk
Serhiy Kvit
Andriy Levus
Lubomyr Luciuk
Oksana Markarova
Myroslav Marnynovych
Mary Mycio
Ivan Patryliak
Mykola Posivnich
Anna Procyk
Mykhailo Ratushny
Nicholas Rudnytsky
Bohdan Shandor

Yuri Shevchuk
Michael Sawkiw

Mark Thomas
Ashot Topchian
George Weigel


American Foreign Policy Council
Center for US-Ukrainian Relations
International Republican Institute
National Democratic Institute
Open World Leadership Center
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
Ukrainian National Information Service
US-Ukraine Foundation

Heritage Foundation of the First Security Federal Savings Bank
Illinois Division of the UCCA
Jurkiw Family Foundation
Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union
Selfreliance Ukrainian American Federal Credit Union
SUMA (Yonkers) Federal Credit Union
Ukrainian National Association


Ilan Berman
Motryia Chaban
Andrij Dobriansky
Katie Fox
Andrew Futey
Tamara Gallo-Olexy
Mykola Hryckowian
Laura Jewett
Lewis Madanick
Steven Nix
Herman Pirchner
Mykhailo Sawkiw
Walter Zaryckyj



Ukraine’s Quest for Mature Nation Statehood XXII – Facebook › events
It will be tasked to look at the past, to examine Ukraine’s attempt to define itself in the midst (or in the aftermath) of two World Wars and a global Cold War …



Ukraine’s Quest for Mature Nation Statehood 

Roundtable XXII:  

Forging A Strong Yet Forbearing National Identity – Past Endeavors 

Venue: University Club/Washington DC 

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration 

9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Opening Remarks/Morning Highlight Focus Session  

Theme: What An Established Yet Broad-Minded UA National Identity Might Encompass  

Featured Remarks: 

HE Amb. Oksana Markarova 

Rep. Andy Harris [R-MD] 

9:40 AM – 11:10 AM Roundtable Plenary Session I 

Theme: Shaping an Identity While Struggling for National Independence in the Aftermath of World War I 


Nicholas Rudnytzky [Dean/ Division of Academic Services/Manor College] 


Anna Procyk [Professor of History/KBCC-City University of New York] 

Mykola Posivnych [Senior Researcher/Academy of Sciences of Ukraine] 

Yuri Shevchuk [Ukrainian & Slavic Language Studies/Columbia University] 

Suggested Topics:  



Khvylovyj & the ‘Executed Renaissance’  

11:10 AM – 11:15 AM Coffee Break 

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Roundtable Plenary Session II 

Theme: Surviving a Genocidal Blow & Shaping an Identity While Struggling for National Independence During  and in the Aftermath of World War II 


Bohdan Eutey [Senior Judge/United States Court of Federal Claims] 


Lubomyr Hajda [Executive Director (ret.)/Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute] 

Bohdan Shandor [Chair of the Legislative Comm./Ukrainian American Bar Association] Ivan Patrilyak [Chairman/Department of History/Taras Shevchenko National University] 

Suggested Topics:  

Holodomor & Consequences 

Carpatska Ukraina  


12:45 PM – 1:05 PM Lunch Break  

[Press Interviews]


1:05 PM – 1:50 PM Afternoon Highlight Focus Session 

Theme: Examining the “Russki Myr” Phenomenon and Its Attempted Impact on Ukrainian National Identity  


Ostap Kryvdyk [Director/Ukraine and the World Program/UCU] 


Myron Marynovych [Vice-Rector/Ukrainian Catholic University] 

1:50 PM – 3:20 PM Roundtable Plenary Session III 

Theme: Shaping an Identity While Forging Ahead to National Independence in the Wake of the Cold War 


Mykhailo Sawkiw [Director/Ukrainian National Information Service] 


Mary Mycio [Author of Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chornobyl] 

Irena Jarosewych [Editor in Chief of Svoboda 1999-2012] 

Mykhailo Ratushny [Member/Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 1994-2006] 

Suggested Topics:  

Chornobyl & Zelenyj Svit 


The Revolution on the Granite 

3:20 PM – 3:25 PM Coffee Break 

3:25 PM – 4:55 PM Roundtable Plenary Session IV 

Theme: Shaping an Identity During the Orange Revolution, Revolution of Dignity & Russian-Ukrainian War  


Mark Thomas [Asst. Professor of History/Lasalle University] 


Andriy Levus [Member/Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 2014-2019] 

Ashot Topchian [Executive Director/Ukrainian Strategic Initiative] 

Phillip Karber [President/Potomac Foundation] 

Suggested Topics:  

Orange Revolution  

Revolution of Dignity 

Russian-Ukrainian War 

4:55 PM – 6:00 PM Final Highlight Session Focus Session  

Theme: Identifying Attempts to Discredit the Ukrainian National Identity – RU Provoked “Memory Wars” 


Petro Kormylo [Director/Ukrainian Information Service-London] 


Featured Speakers:  

Lubomyr Luciuk [Professor of Political Geography/Royal Military College of Canada] 

Serhiy Kvit [UA Minister of Education 2014-2016] 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Patrons’ Reception [Venue: American Foreign Policy Council/509 C Street NE]