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.


“Enchanting Kyiv” – 8th Annual Fundraiser and Live & Silent Auction, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, March 5

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites everyone to celebrate “Enchanting Kyiv” – 8th Annual Fundraiser and Live & Silent Auction.

2320 W. Chicago Ave.
6:30pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
Admission: $40 per person, $75 per couple
RSVP March 1st by calling us at (773) 227-5522 or email at:andriy@uima-chicago.org

Some auction items can be viewed here.

Art Exhbit: Selected Works from Bohdan Kowalsky Collection, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, February 13 – April 10

Selected Works from Bohdan Kowalsky Collection

February 13 – April 10, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1pm

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is pleased to present an exhibition of the late Bohdan Kowalsky’s collection, bequeathed to UIMA in 2008. The exhibition includes works by Polish, Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American artists, such as Archipenko, Nowosielski, Gritchenko, Trusz, Hnizdovsky, Solovij, Milonadis, Urban and many others. His collection of art of Ukrainian artists and artists of Ukrainian descent dates to the nineteen fifties. It is of a sizable accumulation of works consisting of paintings, sculptures, lithographs, wood cuts and drawings.

Bohdan Kowalsky was born in the city of Bryslav, western Ukraine, in 1923. Here he attended school and as a young man he was primarily interested in sports, especially the game of soccer. He was also one of the leaders of occupation resistance group that was involved in sabotaging the communist militia outposts by throwing hand grenades at night into the compounds. During the German occupation similar incidents occurred.

At the age of twenty he joined the Ukrainian Division Galizien which fought against the advancing Russian Army in 1944 during World War II. Luck was on his side as he avoided the battle of Brody thus escaping death or imprisonment by being hospitalized because of an appendicitis attack. Out of the eleven thousand men engaged in the battle only three thousand broke through the Russian army encirclement.

After the war he lived in a displaced person camp in Germany. From there he immigrated to the United States and settled in New York. With the arrival of new immigrants from Europe after 1947 the Ukrainian community became very active culturally. It staged plays, organized literary evenings and art exhibitions. Bohdan Kowalsky mostly frequented the art shows and by 1956 his collection consisted of more than two hundred artworks. These were mostly paintings, sculptures and graphics of artists who were residing in the city and the surrounding suburbs. He was mainly interested in the art work of Jacques Hnizdovsky, (paintings and wood cuts), Jurij Solovij (paintings), Liuboslav Hutsaliuk (paintings) and Gregor Kruk (sculpture).

In 1963 he moved to Chicago where he also encountered an active art group headed by two sculptors, Konstantin Milonadis and Mychajlo Urban.

In Chicago Bohdan Kowalsky became interested in a completely different aspect of art. Here he became familiar with artists who were graduates of the Art Institute of Chicago and who created a different type of art, more avant-garde. At the same time he continuously kept in contact with artists in New York. He also visited the sculptor Gregor Kruk in Munich, Germany and the painter Jerzy Nowosielski in Krakow, Poland.

In 1971 a nonprofit tax-exempt cultural institution, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, was founded by Dr. Achilles Chreptowsky and the two artists Konstantin Milonadis and Mychajlo Urban. Kowalsky became part of this art scene. He visited the art exhibits, bought art and attended concerts, lectures and literary readings.

The exhibition runs through April 10, 2011.

Language – Gift of God Presentation of books with a choral concert, Ukrainian Intitute of Modern Art, February 27

Language – Gift of God

Sunday, February 27th at 1PM
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites its members and members of our larger community to a presentation of four books on Ukrainian liturgical songs and Christmas carols, edited by Dr. Vasil Truchly.
The presentation will be followed by a choral concert of these songs and little performed Christmas carols. The choir will perform the songs in Ukrainian underscoring the literary nature of these traditional Ukrainian songs.
The concert will conclude with a champagne reception.
Admission $15.00
For additional information please call us at (773) 227-5522 or email at: andriy@uima-chicago.org
Event sponsored by the Selfreliance Foundation of Selfreliance Ukrainian American FCU

Art Exhibit by Volodymyr Ilchyshyn, Ukrainian National Museum, February 4 – February 27

“Art Exhibit by Volodymyr Ilchyshyn”

Opens Friday, Feb 4 at 7 pm and continues through Feb 27, 2011

The Ukrainian National Museum is beginning 2011 with an exciting new exhibit featuring the art of the young and gifted Volodymyr Ilchyshyn. Pencil drawings, silver tips and oil paintings will be showcased in the exhibit.

Ilchyshyn’s love of architecture is shown in the many churches, cathedrals and buildings featured in his work. The St. Ignatius senior’s work has been featured in the “Gallery” of St. Ignatius Magazine. Ilchyshyn has studied with professional artists Yulia Tkachuk, Anatolij Khmara, Walter Monastyretsky and Father Jim Vorwoldt

Live music will be provided by Vasyl Ilchуshyn, Volodymyr’s younger brother, on the piano during the opening night. For driving instructions, visit our museum website at www.ukrainiannationalmuseum.org.

Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 421-8020

ZLUKACAMP: barcamp-conference

ZLUKACAMP: become a change you want to be in Ukraine

ZlUKACAMP is a barcamp-conference, where Ukrainian students in the USA and Ukrainian Diaspora will unite efforts to search the ways for Ukraine to overcome the economic and political crisis. Conference will be held in the format of a barcamp, where every participant can become a speaker.


January 22, 2011 from 10 am till 5 pm


Ukrainian-American Federal Credit Union Selfreliance, 2332 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Languages of the ZLUKACAMP:
Ukrainian and English (without translation)

You have something to say?

Become a speaker at Zlukacamp if you have answers on the following questions:

  • how American academic experience can be used to support Ukraine?
  • how Ukrainian students in USA can be united?
  • how Diaspora managed  to preserve Ukrainian culture and develop Ukrainian community in the USA?
  • what are the projects and initiatives in Diaspora to which Ukrainian students could join?
  • how Ukrainian students in USA and Diaspora could act together?
  • what is the future of Ukrainian elite and Ukrainian education?

Please, register as a speaker till 17th January 2011 here!

To whom the conference might be interesting?

  • for those who would like to act right here and right now
  • for those who find an American experience to be the powerful resource for building changes in Ukraine
  • for those who is studying or have ever studied in the USA and finds the value of education not in knowledge, but in action


  • Because every year hundreds of Ukrainian students are coming to study at the USA, get here valuable education, develop amazing ideas and projects, but act alone
  • Because the powerful Ukrainian Diaspora exists in the USA, but only a few people know about its projects and initiatives
  • Because uniting efforts of Ukrainian students in USA and Ukrainian Diaspora we can learn from each other and together in a synergy create changes in Ukraine.


Speeches and speakers already registered at ZLUKACAMP:

1. Myron Kuropas, Ph.D. from the University of Chicago:

  • How diaspora managed to preserve the Ukrainian heritage in a society that called itself a “melting pot.”
  • Successful diaspora projects in the present.

Dr. Myron Kuropas  has worked as a middle school principal in Chicago and DeKalb, taught at Northern Illinois University and the National University of Ostroh Academy, authored five books on the Ukrainian immigration in the United States,  worked as a special assistant to President Gerald R. Ford in the White House and a legislative assistant to Senator Bob Dole in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Kuropas was also national vice-president of the Ukrainian National Association (UNA), the oldest mutual benefit society in the U.S. and he currently writes a monthly column for the Ukrainian Weekly, a UNA publication, and Noviy Shliakh a Ukrainian newspaper in Canada.

2. Anna Afanasieva, LL.M student at the University of Chicago

  • Delivering US legal services experience in Ukraine: perspectives and adjustment to realities

Golden medal at school-gymnasium No. 31 (Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine) 2004. Institute of International Relations Kyiv National Shevchenko University (Kyiv, Ukraine) Scholarship covering full tuition and living expenses for LL.M, 2008-2010. LLB cum laude 2008 and LLM cum laude 2010 at Institute of International Relations Kyiv National Shevchenko University (Kyiv, Ukraine). USAID Parliamentary Internship diploma to the Deputy Chief  of the Department of Ukrainian Parliament (Kyiv, Ukraine), 2008. Kyrylo-Mephodiy Foundation (Kyiv, Ukraine) representative, 2009. British Council Ukraine, Living Together Society (the UK, Kosovo, Poland, Ukraine) scholarship, travel grant, best project grant. March 2009. “Lomonosov”  XV International Scientific Conference(Moscow, Russia) Award, April 2008. Victor Pinchuk Foundation World Wide Studies(Kyiv, Ukraine) Grantee for pursuing LL.M at the University of Chicago Law School, 2010. Alpbach Summer School for European Integration (Alpbach, Austria) Grantee for participation, 2010. American Institute for Political and Economic Studies (Prague, the Czech Republic) Scholarship for participation in the summer school of AIPES, Institute of American Studies, February 2010. University of Chicago Law School scholarship (Chicago, USA) covering major part of the tuition fee at the LL.M program, 2010-2011.


Lawyer and civic activist.

3. Marina Zaloznaya, PH.D. Candidate in Sociology at Northwestern University

  • Social Scientific Research on Ukraine: Why we should get involved

Brief summary: Ukrainians – particularly those who live in the US and Western Europe – need to take part in the production of social scientific knowledge about Ukraine. Increased representation of ‘local’ prospective in the research on social issues afflicting Ukraine will improve the accuracy of its findings and the efficacy of social policy, developed on its basis. Marina will use the example of her research on corruption in Ukrainian universities to illustrate her points.

Marina Zaloznaya is the  alumna of the USA/USA program– http://www.ukrainianscholarships.org/. Marina is now pursuing a PH.D. degree in Sociology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation research, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a comparative study of corruption in Ukrainian and Belarusian higher education

Program is designed by the participants of the barcamp-conference and will be finally formed before January 20th, 2011

Exactly you can define the program by proposing your speech/presentation in registration for the ZLUKACAMP.

    Art: Svitlana & Vasyl Yarych, Ukrainian Intitute of Modern Art

    Svitlana & Vasyl Yarych
    Nov. 5 2010 – Jan. 31 2011

    The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents the works of Ukrainian husband and wife artists in the upcoming exhibition ‘Vasyl and Svetlana Yarech’.  Both Vasyl and Svetlana are independently-active artists in their hometown of L’viv, Ukraine, and UIMA is pleased to provide its Chicago audience with the opportunity for a glimpse into the contemporary art scene of one of Ukraine’s most artistically-progressive city centers.

    The couple’s separate works are drastically different, however both artists’ works gain an unexpected harmony and balance when side by side.  Svetlana’s watercolors are planes of bold color, spontaneously mapped out into a network of furtive imagery and thoughtfully-detailed line work.  Her experience with textile and fashion design becomes apparent in the tactile, vaguely patterned quality of her work.  Yarech’s sculptures, in contrast, are careful and deliberate.  He remains true to the formalist figure (in the vein of Alexander Archipenko), but with a greater sense of narrative and personification.  He is a very skilled in the full range of materials he employs-bronze, wood, stone- achieving a graceful, complex form in every finished piece.

    Svetlana Yarech (b. 1960 in Kremenets, Ukraine) currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Lviv Academy of Arts’ Department of Clothing Design, and exhibits her work throughout Ukraine.  Vasyl Yarech (b. 1951 in the Ivano-Frankivsk region) is a graduate of the Lviv Academy of Arts, and has since completed a number of public sculptures and monuments throughout France and Ukraine, and continues to exhibit his work internationally.

    The exhibition runs through January 31, 2011.

    Concert: Nazar Dzhuryn & Mikhail Yanovitsky, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

    Nazar Dzhuryn & Mikhail Yanovitsky

    December 18, 2010 at 7 pm (Saturday)

    Performing music by L. Revutsky, V. Barvinsky, V. Silvestrov, D. Popper.

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

    Nazar Dzhuryn

    A native of Lviv, Ukraine graduated from the Lviv Music School, where he studied with Evgeny Shpitzer, and earned his Master of Music degree at the Moscow State Conservatory under Prof. Igor Gavrysh. Upon graduation, Nazar taught at the Moscow State Conservatory as an assistant professor before moving to Chicago in 1998. Since then, he has been in high demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.

    Mikhail Yanovitsky

    Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Mikhail Yanovitsky began his piano studies with his mother, Larisa, and with Marina Wolf at the Leningrad Special Music School for gifted children, and at the age of eighteen entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Mikhail Voskressensky. Shortly after arriving in the US, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (1991), a significant recognition.