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Exhibit: After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart, Harper Memorial Library Commons, March 28-May 20

COMING SOON to the University of Chicago

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart

In the 25th anniversary year of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, this stirring exhibit examines the everyday life and struggles of people living in the disaster’s wake.

The exhibit opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Exhibit Location:
Harper Memorial Library Commons, Stuart Reading Room
3rd Floor of the Harper Memorial Library Building
1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Public Viewing Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Free Admission

When a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded in April 1986, it sent radioactive contamination across the world. In Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, 350,000 people lost their homes. Some 850,000 participated in the clean-up efforts. Now 25 years later, six million people continue to live in contaminated areas. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone remains a terra incognita: closed to the public, inaccessible, misunderstood, alternately feared and forgotten, and used as a political weapon by competing interest groups.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart documents the experiences and everyday struggles of people living in the wake of Chernobyl. Through the images and stories shared in the exhibit, visitors will learn why thousands of people still work or live inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone a generation after the accident; why so many remain nearby in their radiation-affected villages; and how people cope with the unexpected life changes caused by the accident.

About the Artist:
Michael Forster Rothbart is a photojournalist, whose projects explore the human impacts of environmental change. His interactive website After Chernobyl resulted from his Fulbright year in Ukraine. After years in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and India, Forster Rothbart now lives in upstate New York and photographs for educational institutions — primarily colleges, museums, and private schools. His next documentary project, Fracking Pennsylvania, will explore the effects of natural gas drilling on rural communities.

After Chernobyl: Photographs by Michael Forster Rothbart opens on March 28, 2011 and continues through May 20, 2011.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasoan Studiesthe Center for International Studiesthe Program on the Global Environmentthe Global Health Initiativethe U of C Arts Council,Harper Memorial Library Commons, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at ceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

 

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Summer Course “Transforming A Post-Soviet Society: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Change in Ukraine,” National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Application Deadline March 15

National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA) is organizing Summer course for international students “Transforming A Post-Soviet Society: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Change in Ukraine ” (May 19 – June 6, 2011)

More details about the course, including application procedure, logistics and information on tuition fee, can be found here: http://www.dfc.ukma.kiev.ua/index.php?page=16

Deadline for application is March 15, 2011.

All questions about the course and the application procedure should be addressed to:int_stud@ukma.kiev.ua, tel. +38 0 44 425 50 16, 425 77 70

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Kyiv: Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl, Chicago Cultural Center, April 28

KYIV: Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Nuclear Disaster at CHORNOBYL

Chornobyl PhotoThe accident at the nuclear power plant in Chornobyl, Ukraine took place on April 26th, 1986, and is considered to be the gravest environmental disaster in the history of humankind. The Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities will commemorate this tragedy in a program which highlights response and recovery efforts, and gives witness to those devastated by the loss of life, health, and home.

The formal speaking program will begin at 5:30 p.m.with the event concluding with a moment of silence and screening of the documentary film, “Block Four”.

Sponsored by:
Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International
Ukrainian Medical Association of North America
Center for Global Health, UIC College of Medicine
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
Chicago Business and Professional Group

WHEN: Thursday, April 28

TIME: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
WHERE:
G.A.R. Hall , Chicago Cultural Center
77 East Randolph Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Open to the Public

Free Admission

For more information, please call 312.744.8074.

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Coffee Conversations: Education Reform in Ukraine, WorldChicago, February 23

Coffee Conversations: Education Reform in Ukraine
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 8:30-9:30am
WorldChicago, 72 E. Randolph Street, 2nd floor, Chicago

Throughout the past decade, Ukraine has been introducing a number of reforms in standardized evaluation of education, primarily focusing on secondary school education. Come learn about education reform in Ukraine from 10 expert Ukrainian Education Officials.  This delegation will be in Chicago for 3 weeks taking part in a USAID Community Connections program with the professional focus on education quality assessment and staying in homes with Chicago families.  What can we learn from each other?

Continental breakfast provided.

Registration: Contact Lexy Sobel at (312) 254-1800 x102 or Lsobel@worldchicago.org .

Cost: Free for WorldChicago members but you must register in advance by email to lsobel@worldchicago.org or by calling Lexy Sobel at 312-254-1800 x102

Non-members, $10

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Concert: The Resonance Ensemble, Chicago Cultural Center, March 6

The Resonance Ensemble

Sunday, March 6, 2pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater

Ken Vandermark’s 10 piece orchestra, the Resonance Ensemble, features musicians from Poland, the Ukraine, Sweden, and the United States. To coincide with this show the Resonance Ensemble’s brand new album, “Kafka in Flight,” will be released on the Not Two label. This performance is the culmination of the International Resonance Festival taking place in Chicago and Milwaukee, March 2-6

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“Transforming A Post-Soviet Society: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Change in Ukraine,” National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Application Deadline March 1

National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA) is organizing Summer course forinternational students “Transforming A Post-Soviet Society: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Change in Ukraine ” (May 19 – June 6, 2011)

More details about the course, including application procedure, logistics and information on tuition fee, can be found here: http://www.dfc.ukma.kiev.ua/index.php?page=16

Deadline for application is March 1, 2011.

All questions about the course and the application procedure should be addressed to:int_stud@ukma.kiev.ua, tel. +38 0 44 425 50 16, 425 77 70

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Educator Workshop: Ukrainian Art, History, and Cultures around the World, January 28

Educator Workshop: Ukrainian History, Art, and Cultures around the World

Presented by the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60612

Free with pre-registration; 6 CPDUs Offered!

Chicago hosts a wide-range of cultural institutions, many of whose resources are rarely tapped into by K-12 teachers. Through internationalizing curricula, students obtain a global perspective and think more critically about their surrounding world. In this workshop, the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will serve as models for how you and your teachers might utilize the (more than 25) cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area to help further internationalize your school’s curricula.

This workshop will include a presentation of K-12 lessons on Ukrainian history, art, and culture, as well as tours of the two museums. The professional development day is applicable to teachers interested in thinking about new ways to incorporate world cultures into their curriculum. While the focus of the workshop will be on Ukraine, themes addressed can be integrated into general lesson plans to add cultural content.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies (CIS) and Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). For more information, contact Jamie Bender at jbender@uchicago.edu.

Register on the website.

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Literature: Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939 Book Signing, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939
Book Signing

December 12, 2010 at 1 pm (Sunday)

At the Ukrainian Institute for Modern Art, 2320 W Chicago Ave


Rodovid Press of Kyiv is pleased to announce a presentation of its most recent publication, Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939, by Vita Susak of Lviv Art Gallery, Ukraine. This is the first systematic and comprehensive examination of the role and substance played by Ukrainian-born emigres to France in this time period. A great deal has been written about this time and place, this great cultural upheaval that changed so much in the world of art, but the Ukrainian contribution to that time and place has rarely been imagined. Until now.

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Ukrainian Leader News Services

A digest of English language Ukrainian news can be viewed on-line. You can also subscribe to a daily mailing. For more information, please visit: http://www.ukraineleader.com/

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Expression of Beauty & Life by Alexander Tkachenko & Leonid Kozlov at the Ukrainian National Museum, though October 31

October 1, 2010 – October 31, 2010 – 7:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EXPRESSION OF BEAUTY & LIFE by ALEXANDER TKACHENKO & LEONID KOZLOV
Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior St, Chicago, IL 60612

EXPRESSION OF BEAUTY & LIFE by ALEXANDER TKACHENKO and LEONID KOZLOV

Opening Friday, Oct 1st at 7:00 pm and continuing through Oct. 30, 2010

ALEXANDER TKACHENKO & LEONID KOZLOV

Alexander Tkachenko, rated as a master artist in his native Ukraine, has developed his own style based
on the traditions of the Renaissance masters. Subtle forms and free-flowing lines render his subjects as seamless as the tonality of his colors. His work is steeped in imagery with ancient and modern symbols. Tkachenko received his degree from the Dnipropetrovsk College of Art and in 1987 was accepted as a member of the Artists’ Union of Ukraine, where he worked as a designer and graphic artist. Several of his works received prestigious awards at the Eastern European Graphics Art show in Antwerp, Holland, in 1989.

Since 1991 Mr. Tkachenko has taken permanent residence in the United States where he works actively as a professional artist. His projects include mural fresco paintings in public and private interiors, book illustrations and of course his painting. Tkachenko’s works are exhibited in and represented by The Opus Gallery in Cleveland, the Alla Rogers Gallery in Washington, the Gallery Birmingham in Birmingham, Michigan, and other venues. His works are owned by private collectors in Europe and North America. The Ukrainian National Museum is proud to have his artwork in its permanent collection.

Leonid Kozlov, a member of Ukrainian artistic society, completed his studies at the Kyiv Arts Academy in 1982. He is well-known as an artist who created an entire group of exquisite works dedicated to the art of the dance and ballerinas. Visitors will observe how that inspiration has impacted the gracefulness of his sculptures in bronze. Slender, posed figures express an internal energy that is skillfully captured in the artistry of Leonid Kozlov’s sculpture. He carries the spectator into his spiritual landscape which is deeply rooted in Ukrainian soil. Leonid Kozlov was born in Kyiv in 1954. His works are displayed in museums throughout Ukraine and are found in private collections in Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Sweden, Russia, France, and Finland. The artist has had various personal exhibits and projects including international exhibits in Vienna, Austria; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Kyoto, Japan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

The Ukrainian National Museum is located in the heart of the Ukrainian Village, at 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago.
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.

Event Cost: $5
More Information
Phone: (312) 421-8020, Anna Chychula
Email: info@ukrainiannationalmuseum.org
Website: http://www.ukrainiannationalmuseum.org
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