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U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Update

NEWS

On August 24, 2005 Ukraine celebrated the 14th Anniversary of its Independence!

Thousands crowded into Kyiv's Independence Square to celebrate Ukraine's Independence Day on August 24.  Soviet-style military parades were noticeably absent from Ukraine's first Independence Day celebrations under President Viktor Yushchenko. 

To read more about Ukraine's Independence Day celebrations, please visit:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4179616.stm  or http://www.kyivpost.com/top/23112/

A full text, in English, of President Yushchenko's speech may be read at: http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/data/11_2414.html.

A full text, in Ukrainian, of President Yushchenko's speech may be read at: http://www.president.gov.ua/news/data/11_2402.html.

Photos of Kyiv's Independence Square celebrations can be viewed at:  http://www.president.gov.ua/en/gallery/album/?paid=177  or http://www2.pravda.com.ua/news/2005/8/24/32694.htm


Congressman Cardin "Optimistic" About Ukraine's Future
Interview with Voice of America
August 24, 2005

U.S. Representative Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) told the Voice of America he was "very optimistic about Ukraine. I think it's going to be one of the great powers of the region."  The congressman, who spoke on Ukraine's 14th anniversary of independence, pledged that the U.S. Congress would continue to provide assistance to Ukraine. "We wanted to see these countries let their people elect their own government, fulfill self-determination, to really have free, open and transparent elections," he explained. Cardin, a long-time member of the Helsinki Commission, says Ukraine has made more progress in human rights, democracy building, and fighting corruption than anyone could have anticipated 14 years ago.

A transcript of the interview may be read at:  http://www.voanews.com/ukrainian/2005-08-25-voa2.cfm.  The Ukrainian version, as well as the video and audio, are available at:  http://www.voanews.com/ukrainian/2005-08-25-voa1.cfm


RECENT INFORMATION

A Guide to Who's Who in D.C.'s Ukraine-Related Activities
by Taras Kuzio and Orest Deychakiwsky
The Ukrainian Weekly - August 7, 2005

An informative commentary and analysis by Taras Kuzio and Orest Deychakiwsky, "A Guide to Who's Who in D.C.'s Ukraine-Related Activities," focuses on non-governmental actors who interact with the U.S. government on Ukrainian issues, and provides a "Who's Who" of U.S. government officials who work on Ukraine. 

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is favorably reviewed in this analysis.  Kuzio and Deychakiwsky state that "An exception to the general decline is the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), which - while not strictly a community membership-based organization - has its roots in and receives support from the Ukrainian American community, as well as far more significant support from the U.S. government for its various programs in Ukraine.

The USUF continues to be highly active and visible in Washington.  Its personnel are regularly seen at think-tank and some closed U.S. government events, and have meaningful contacts with both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation this year launched a highly successful policy dialogue with Ukrainian and Western experts in four fields:  politics/governance, economics, media and foreign policy.  Recently, report language was added to both the House and Senate appropriations legislation which cover assistance to Ukraine that indicates strong support for the USUF, with the Senate stating its expectation that U.S. funding toward various USUF projects will exceed that of previous years."

The full text of the article is available at:  http://eng.maidanua.org/node/380.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Conference on Contemporary Ukrainian Culture
Early Registration Deadline:  August 31, 2005
November 24-26, 2005
Melbourne, Australia


To be held at the Clayton Campus of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, the "Contemporary Ukrainian Culture: The European and Global Context" conference will focus on Ukrainian popular and high culture, youth culture and "official" culture.  Other areas to be covered are literature and cinema, music and film, as well as media and cultural institutions in relation to cultural developments in Ukraine's neighborhood and in the world at large.

Papers:  In English or Ukrainian, whether conceptual or empirical, may address the conference theme from the perspective of cultural, literary and linguistic studies, history, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, diaspora and migration studies, religious studies, multi- and intercultural studies, gender studies or other relevant scholarly disciplines. Papers may address related themes in other cultures, especially those of Central and East Europe. Papers on other topics in Ukrainian Studies may also be proposed. Offers of papers should be made on the Registration Form.

Registration: $80 Australian; $60 before 31 August 2005. Students: $40 Australian; $30 before 31 August 2005. Registration forms may be downloaded from the conference website. On request, forms and the full text of the Call for Papers may be e-mailed as attached documents or sent by airmail.

Contact:  Ukrainian.Conference@arts.monash.edu.au
For more information, please visit:  http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/lcl/conferences/ukraine/.   

 
The European Union's New Eastern Border Conference
September 12, 2005; 9:00am - 4:00pm
Washington, DC

Hosted by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the conference on "The European Union's New Eastern Border" will discuss the various issues raised by EU enlargement.  In particular, the impact on relations between several country pairs, namely: Poland and Ukraine; Estonia and Latvia and Russia; and Lithuania and Belarus.

Conference participants include: Rodric Braithwaite, former British Ambassador to the Soviet Union/Russian Federation, and recent Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Janusz Bugajski, Director, East European Project, CSIS; Ryszard Cholewinski, Department of Law, University of Leicester; Michele Commercio, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; John Czaplicka, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Oleh Havrylyshyn, International Monetary Fund; Martha Merritt, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Anatoly Mikhailov, Rector, European Humanities University in exile - Vilnius; Kataryna Wolczuk, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham; and Zhanna Zaionchkovskaya, Institute of Economic Forecasting, Moscow.

The event will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Center's 5th Floor Conference Room. To learn more about the conference, and to RSVP please visit: http://wwics.si.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_rsvp&event_id=140037

 
The Orange Circle Dinner with President Yushchenko
September 15, 2005; 6:30pm
New York, NY

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko will be the guest of honor at the Founding Dinner of the Orange Circle, a new initiative that will work to advance the values of democracy and freedom that represented the essence of the Orange Revolution. 
Registration:  6:30 p.m.; Reception:  7:00 p.m.; Dinner:  7:45 p.m.

The event will take place at the Rainbow Room, 64th and 65th floors, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York, New York

Tickets for the Founding Dinner are priced at $500 each, $900 for pairs of tickets, while tables of 10 will be priced at $4,500.  There are also special tables for institutional and corporate donors that will offer privileged access to a reception meeting with the Ukrainian government  delegation are priced at $ 10,000 and $ 25,000 with different levels of access and visibility.

For more information, please contact 1-212-388-0177 or write to events@orangecircle.org or visit:  http://www.orangecircle.org/foundingdinner915.html.  To learn more about the Orange Circle, please visit:  http://www.orangecircle.org/index2.html

 
Banquet to honor Viktor Yushchenko, 2005 Philadelphia Liberty Medal recipient
September 17, 2005; 6:00pm
Philadelphia, PA

On September 17, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko will receive the 2005 Philadelphia Liberty Medal, awarded to those who demonstrate leadership in the pursuit of freedom.  The medal, established in 1988, honors an individual or organization that has "demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance, or deprivation." It is administered by the nonprofit Philadelphia Foundation and comes with a $100,000 prize.

A banquet will be held on September 17 to honor this years Philadelphia Liberty Medal recipient President Viktor Yushchenko.  The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center is taking reservations for tickets. The banquet will be at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 17th at 6:00 pm. Tickets cost $250, and checks are to be made payable to "Philadelphia Liberty Medal". Call the UECC office to reserve tickets.

The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center is located at 700 Cedar Road in Jenkintown, PA 19046. Call the office at 215-663-1166 or e-mail at contact@ukrainiancenterphila.org. The Center is open from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays for the summer.  For more information, please visit: http://www.ukrainiancenterphila.org/


Washington Ukrainian Festival
September 17-18, 2005; noon-dusk
Washington, DC

More than 5,000 people attended last year's Washington Ukrainian Festival!  This year's two-day festival will include Ukrainian concerts and performances, a market place  (over 30 vendors featuring Ukrainian crafts, arts, paintings, novelties, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, music/videos, books etc.), Ukrainian and American food concessions and a picnic area by the lake, a Kozak Beer Garden featuring assorted Ukrainian beers and liqueurs, and a variety of activities for children.

Admission cost is $5 per person (children 16 and under free).  The festival will be held at:

St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
15100 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Free convenient parking.

More information may be obtained at:  http://www.standrewuoc.org/festival.htm.  


ITEMS OF INTEREST

Job Opportunity at Harvard University
Deadline:  September 1, 2005

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is continuing to accept applications for the full-time position of Publications Manager. The individual holding this position will manage the efforts of the publications staff and will oversee the Institute's publication of monographs, sources, scholarly journal "Harvard Ukrainian Studies," and other related projects.

For a description of duties and responsibilities, application requirements and procedures, please visit:  http://www.huri.harvard.edu/announcement.html.


International Policy Fellowships, 2006-2007
Deadline:  September 20, 2005

The International Policy Fellowships (IPF) program is calling for applications for 2006-2007 fellowships. Launched in 1998 and affiliated with the Open Society Institute and the Center for Policy Studies (CPS) of  the Central European University in Budapest, the fellowships support analytical policy research in pursuance of open society goals such as the rule of law, democratic elections, diverse and vigorous civil societies, and respect for minorities. Each year the IPF program invites research proposals that address critical issues in the development of open societies. Successful applicants will demonstrate originality, sound project design and the strong likelihood that their project may lead to significant impact on policy.

Applicants are encouraged to submit individual, practical and policy-oriented research proposals in the following subject areas. The product of each fellowship will be a detailed analysis of a major issue to be published in English and translated into other languages:

2006-7 Fellowship Issue Areas
General Framework: New Frontiers of Open Society.  More specifically:  The Challenge of Wider Europe; Open Society Promotion in Predominantly Muslim Societies; Combating Open Society Threats; Combating the Resource Curse; Roma Exclusion; and Open Information Policy.
 
Fellows receive supervision and support from a senior policy analyst.  Fellows are invited to Budapest in April 2006 for initial orientation to the program.  Optional specialized policy research and advocacy training courses in Budapest.  Monthly stipends commensurate with local salaries.  Budget for reasonable research, communications, travel, publication and advocacy costs.  Discretionary funding for conference participation

Applicants should carefully complete the online application form found at www.soros.org/initiatives/ipf, which includes a project summary, research proposal (maximum 4 pages), and a resume/CV including a list of publications. Applicants may also include a letter of reference from an affiliated organization and a writing sample on the chosen topic.

Those who have no possibility to access the Web should send an e-mail to fellows@osi.hu to discuss alternate application solutions.  Applications sent by mail, fax or e-mail will not be considered unless given prior approval from IPF staff.

Applications must be submitted online by September 20, 2005.  IPF does not consider late applications.

 
Franklin Pierce College seeking accredited college/university partner in Ukraine
Deadline:  as soon as possible

Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, is looking for an accredited college/university partner in Ukraine to establish and offer to local students a joint US-Ukrainian graduate, undergraduate and study abroad opportunities and provide quality American-style higher education.

FPC initial program offerings include: providing fully-accredited Franklin Pierce curricula for the Ukrainian market, with the option for students to elect either a degree from the local partner university or from Franklin Pierce; in-class study in Ukraine, online instruction, hybrid in-class/online instruction, and study abroad (at FPC and alliance colleges) as options for local students.

Programs offered - MBA; MS in IT; MA in Journalizm; BS and AA in marketing, management, IT, human services, and other; certificate programs. Instruction in both English and Ukrainian. FPC management plans to visit Kiev in October, to discuss joint program and related issues with potential local partners.

Interested and capable contacts at the accredited Ukrainian universities, please e-mail your full contact info (name, position at the university, phone, fax, e-mail address, mailing address, university web site) to Victoria Sergeeva at the U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine: Victoria.Sergeeva@mail.doc.gov


Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships
Application Deadline:  Please inquire with the Kennan Institute

Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships are available to scholars from Russia and Ukraine to conduct research for six months in the fields of the humanities and social sciences in Washington, DC. Preference will be given to applicants whose research informs discussion of key public policy issues, enhances development of scholarship in the former Soviet Union, and fosters communication between the world of scholarship and the world of public affairs.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a particular need to be in Washington, D.C. The Wilson Center devotes significant attention to the exploration of broad thematic areas. Primary themes are: 1) governance, including such issues as the key features of the development of democratic institutions, democratic society, civil society, and citizen participation; 2) the U.S. role in the world and issues of partnership and leadership; and 3) key long-term future challenges confronting the U.S. and the world. Research in these areas is particularly encouraged.

Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships are available to researchers and lecturers from academic and higher educational institutions and research centers who are actively involved in academic and research work. Eligible candidates include scholars and researchers who have at least two years post-doctoral (post-Kanditat) academic and research experience. Eligible applicants may receive more information from the Kennan Institute and the Fulbright offices in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Applicants must submit a completed application to the appropriate Fulbright office and indicate Kennan Institute as their choice of institution.

For more information about the Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships, or for a complete list of Kennan Institute grants and scholarships, please visit:  http://wwics.si.edu/index.cfm?topic_id=1424&fuseaction=topics.item&news_id=8713.  


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The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization established in 1991 to facilitate democratic development, encourage free market reform and enhance human rights in Ukraine. The Foundation's mission is to build peace and prosperity in Ukraine through shared democratic values. USUF is dedicated to strengthening the mutual objectives of both nations and advancing Ukraine as a cornerstone of regional stability, and a full partner in the community of nations.

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