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25th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence Celebrated at University Park

Tuesday, 4 April saw a celebration of 25 years of Ukrainian independence. At the Hintz Alumni Center, Helen Woskob gave introductory remarks before Michael Bernosky read from her newly published memoirs, Freedom & Beyond: My Journey from Ukraine to a New Life in America, and from Dr. Michael Naydan's novel set in Lviv, Seven Signs of the Lion. Dr. Markian Dobczansky, Jacyk Fellow at the University of Toronto, gave a lecture outlining the origins of the current Ukraine-Russia conflict. A reception followed as attendees admired a display of woodcarvings by Serhiy Karpenko. The festivities were capped by a performance at Schwab Audiorium by the renowned Ukrainian folk quartet Dakha Brakha.

Besides Ukrainian independence, the day also celebrated 25 years of Ukrainian Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, with remarks by the Deans of Agricultural Sciences and Liberal Arts at PSU, and the Rector of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Kyiv.

The event was sponsored by the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Liberal Arts, the Woskob Family Foundation, and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.