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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.



The Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University will host a talk by 
Natalka Husar, a Canadian artist with Ukrainian roots, titled:


Natalka Husar is considered an original, provocative, and even 
polarizing artist. What makes Ms. Husar’s art interesting is that she 
works at a point of dramatic collision, which she herself orchestrates, 
between Ukrainian traditionalism and post-modernist aesthetic and 
ethical relativism. By subjecting the inherited folkloric canons to a 
criticism that is not always friendly, Ms. Husar paradoxically creates 
an opening for a new Ukrainian self- and world-view.

"Natalka Husar has consistently used her painting to express concerns 
related to her Ukrainian heritage. Having visited her parents' homeland, 
once in 1969 during the communist regime, and then in 1992 and 1993, 
after independence was declared, Husar has taken the issue of ethnicity 
and interwoven it with her own feminist concerns. As a 
Ukrainian-American woman, she grew up with an ideal of womanhood that 
was silent and compliant, even decorative, and this ideal was always in 
contrast with the self she saw as powerful and aggressive. In her work, 
Husar struggles with the conflict between these identities, between the 
place of her parents' birth and the place she now inhabits, between 
Ukraine and the North American Ukrainian community with its myths of 
Ukraine." (http://art-history.concordia.ca/eea/artists/husar.html)

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, from 7-9pm
WHERE: Room 516, Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

Natalka Husar was born in New Jersey in 1951 to Ukrainian immigrant 
parents.  In 1973, she received her BFA from Rutgers University in 1973 
and moved to Toronto where she currently lives and works.

Ms. Husar's pictures are coveted by private collectors and galleries 
whose interest do not necessarily include Ukraine. Her catalogued solo 
exhibitions include Faces/Facades, 1980; Behind the Irony Curtain, 1986; 
Milk and Blood, 1988-89; True Confessions, 1991-92; Black Sea Blue, 
1995-96 and most recently Blond with Dark Roots, organized and 
circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton from 2001-2005. Her work is in 
numerous private and public collections, including the Canada Council 
Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Art Gallery of 
Alberta, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the 
Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.  In 2006, 
BRAVO TV profiled her work in a half hour television documentary.

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

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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