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Ukrainian Culture in the Twenty-First Century (lecture)
Making of Modern Ukraine, 22
This is one of my favorite lectures, and it is also one that has generated a great deal of resonance. It closes the circle on some of the themes raised in the beginning of the class: how is a nation old; how is it new; what is history; and what is myth. It considers the vexed and important question of the preservation and indeed development of Ukrainian culture under Russian imperial and Soviet rule, as well as some of the fascinating and unpredictable currents of Ukrainian cultural life since 1991. In our technodecadence we sometimes think of culture as something dispensable; this war reminds us of its primacy. However far you are willing to go with me in such claims, I hope you will enjoy the brief introduction to some figures worth knowing about.
Snyder, "The War in Ukraine has Unleashed a New Word," New York Times, 22 April 2022.
Genocide (Convention of 1948)
Valyuev decree of 1863
Pushkin, Gogol, Mickiewicz
Sholom Aleichem (1859-1916), Tevye the Dairyman, Tevye der Milchiker
"Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors," 1965, Sergei Parajanov
Vasyl Stus 1938-1985
Slava Vokarchuk, Okean Elzy
Stanislav Aseyev on torture, Torture Camp on Paradise Street
Kateryna Diachenko; Dmytro Sydoruk; Oleh Yakunin; Oleksandr Makhov; Artyom Datsishin; Oksana Shvets, 67; Pasha Lee; Yevhen Malyshev; Oleksandr Shapoval; Yuriy Kerpatenko
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