aaus-list @ ukrainianstudies.org -- [aaus-list] Talk on Ukrainian regionalism, and film about UPA

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The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a 
lunchtime talk, titled:


This talk, given by Gennadi Poberezny (Rutgers University)*, intends to 
outline the principles and validity of employing decentralization rather 
than federalization in accommodating regionalism for the purposes of 
arresting, containing and defusing separatism in Ukraine.

Regionalism has always been an extremely important factor in the 
national development of Ukraine; it was greatly exacerbated during the 
“Orange Revolution” of 2004 and was exploited again in the run up of the 
March 2006 parliamentary election. Territorial divisions play crucial 
roles in social and economic development of both the state and the 
regions. Borders of provinces, counties or communes create formal 
framework in which different actors of socioeconomic and political life 
perform their functions. Political decentralization in a unitary state 
may be employed to accommodate persistent regionalism and, therefore, 
successfully defuse separatism.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, at 12:00
WHERE: Room 1201, Harriman Institute Reading Room, International Affairs 
Building (12th floor), Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY

*Gennadi Poberezny holds two master's degrees, in geography and 
sustainable systems, and is currently a doctoral student at the Global 
Affairs program at Rutgers University - Newark. He is conducting 
research for his dissertation on comparative political geography of 
regionalism with a focus on separatist accommodation in Ukraine, Spain 
and South Africa.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diana 
Howansky at ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu or (212)854-4697.



As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Columbia's Harriman 
Institute is showing a Cold War film series and screening the film:

"The Undefeated" (2000, Ukraine) directed by Oles Yanchuk

This is a story of the legendary and charismatic leader of the Ukrainian 
Insurgent Army, UPA, Roman Shukhevych (alias Taras Chuprynka), who led 
thousands of men and women in their doomed fight against the Stalinist 
totalitarianism in Western Ukraine. For ten years after the end of WWII, 
the Soviets were unable to defeat the UPA. In the national iconography 
of independent Ukraine, the UPA and its leader Roman Shukhevych remain 
the undefeated champions of national liberation and human dignity.

Introduced by Yuri Shevchuk (Columbia University)

In Ukrainian with English subtitles

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Room 1219, International Affairs Building, Columbia University.

Free and open to the public.

Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY  10027
(212) 854-4697

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