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NONCONFORMISM AND DISSENT IN THE SOVIET BLOC: GUIDING LEGACY OR  
PASSING MEMORY?

March 30th - April 1st, 2011

Columbia University

Please see attached poster and conference program.

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The Ukrainian Studies Program, Harriman Institute at Columbia  
University, is presenting a conference entitled "Nonconformism and  
Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory?" to be  
held at Columbia University March 30th - April 1st, 2011.  The  
conference is being presented twenty years after the fall of the  
Soviet Union, a time of continued uncertainty in Eastern Europe.

The conference will focus on political and cultural nonconformism in  
Ukraine, Russia, and Poland in the 1960s to 80s. It will bring  
together an international assemblage of scholars studying that period  
of time as well several noteworthy dissidents and artists.  The  
conference will offer a historical overview of the period and will  
present the latest research conducted on the subject.  Additionally,  
the conference will provide an analysis of the political and cultural  
legacies of these movements in today?s Ukraine, Russia, and Poland.

Among the questions the conference aims to address are:  Where are the  
dissidents and cultural leaders of the Soviet era underground today?  
Are they in positions of power? Are they influential political figures  
or gurus in contemporary culture? Do they represent their people in  
the world as they once did?  What media forums are available for their  
voices? Do Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and the world need them today?

The conference will examine these issues through a series of scholarly  
panels as well as roundtable discussions featuring prominent  
Soviet-era dissidents and nonconformist artists.  The three-day  
conference will begin with an evening keynote address by Dr. Myroslav  
Marynovych, former Ukrainian dissident and prisoner of conscience and,  
currently, Vice-rector for the University Mission of the Ukrainian  
Catholic University (L'viv, Ukraine); the address will be followed by  
a reception.  Days two and three will include panels and roundtables  
followed by cultural programming in the evenings showcasing  
achievements in nonconformist film, music and literature of this era.

"Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or  
Passing Memory?" will feature presentations by over twenty  
individuals: Myroslav Marynovych, Pavel Litvinov, Henryk Wujec, Vitaly  
Komar, Ewa Wójciak, Volodymyr Dibrova, Mykola Riabchuk, Peter  
Reddaway, Ann Komaroni, Benjamin Nathans, Alexander Motyl, Justyna  
Beinek, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Michael Bernhard, Jeri Laber, Mark  
Andryczyk, Orest Deychakiwsy, Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Anna Procyk,  
Christina Isajiw, William Risch, Anna Frajlich-Zajac, Yuri Shevchuk,  
Timothy Frye, Tarik Amar, Frank Sysyn, and Victor Morozov.

The Conference will conclude with a special North American concert by  
Victor Morozov, a legendary nonconformist cultural figure in Soviet  
Ukraine and a major recording artist in Ukraine today.

The conference is free and open to the public.

All conference panels and roundtables, as well as the keynote address,  
will be held in Rm. #1501, International Affairs Building, 420 West  
118th St., Columbia University, New York, New York 10027.  The keynote  
address and reception will take place on March 30th at 8PM. The panels  
and roundtables will begin at 9:30AM on March 31st and at 10AM on  
April 1st.

The film presentation will be held on March 31st at 8PM in Rm. 717  
Hamilton Hall.

The Victor Morozov concert will be held on April 1st at 8PM at the  
Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003.

The conference is presented by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the  
Harriman Institute, Columbia University.

It is organized in collaboration with the East Central European Center  
(Columbia University), the Polish Cultural Institute (New York), and  
The Ukrainian Museum.

For more information please contact Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or  
at ukrainianstudies@columbia.edu.




Nonconformist 8-1.5x11.pdf

Conference Program.docx


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