Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Ukrainian Studies: People and Events

Ukrainian Studies: People and Events

M.A. Students in Ukrainian and Comparative Literature:

Dr. Roman Ivashkiv received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and is currently Coordinator of TAs in the Slavic Department at the U. of Illinois.

Dr. Mykola Polyuha received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and is an Associate Professor at Bloomsburg State University.

Dr. Olha Tytarenko received her Ph.D. from the U. of Toronto and is Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Olesia Wallo received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas.

Oksana Husieva is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas.

Oksana Tatsyak is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.

Eminent Ukrainian Writers, Artists, and Scholars in Residence:

Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer from Ivano-Frankivsk

Natalka Bilotserkivets, Ukrainian poet from Kyiv

Lina Kostenko, Ukrainian poet from Kyiv

Oleh Lysheha, Ukrainian poet from Tysmennytsya

Mykola Riabchuk, Ukrainian writer, political and cultural commentator from Kyiv

Yuri Vynnychuk, Ukrainian prose writer from Lviv

Oksana Zabuzhko, Ukrainian poet, prose writer, and essayist from Kyiv

Bohdan Zholdak, Ukrainian prose and filmscript writer from Kyiv

Recent Fulbright Scholars:

Dr. Vasyl Byalyk, Professor of Translation Studies, Chernivtsi National University

Dr. Lada Kolomiyets, Professor of Translation Studies, Kyiv National University

Dr. Olha Luchuk, Professor of Translation Studies, Lviv National University

Dr. Alla Perminova, Professor of Translation Studies, Kyiv National University

Dr. Maria Zubrytska, Professor of Literary Theory, Lviv National University

Dr. Mariya Tytarenko, Professor of Journalism and Poet-Writer, The Catholic University of Lviv

Prominent Guest Lectures, Speakers, and Performers:

Dr. Markian Dobczansky, Professor of Historian, Stanford University

Dr. Marta Dyczok, Political Scientist and Media Specialist, University of Western Ontario

Dr. John Fizer, Professor of Slavic Literature, Rutgers University

Dr. Alexander Motyl, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

Dr. Serhiy Plokhy, Chair of Ukrainian History, Harvard University

Dr. Lydia Stefanowska, Professor of Ukrainian Studies, Warsaw University

Vasyl Gabor, Prose Writer and Publisher Solomiya Ivakhiv, Violinist, University of Connecticut

Andriy Liubka, Ukrainian Prose Writer

Ivan Malkovych, Poet and Leading Ukrainian Publisher

Askold Melnyczuk, Writer and editor, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Marianna Sadovska, Singer and Collector of Ukrainian folk songs

Lyubov Yakimchuk, Ukrainian Poet

Recent Conferences and Symposia

Five Years after the Maidan, 2019

Writing Ancestral Homelands in Another Language, 2018

Twenty-Five Years of Ukrainian Independence, 2017

National Bards and National Literatures, 2016

Eastern Slavic Folklore and Popular Culture, 2015

The Diverse Landscapes of Ukraine, 2012

Majoritizing Minority Literatures Through Translation, 2011

Program-Related Online Resources:

The Ukrainian Weekly, “The Great Famine of 1932-l933 in Ukraine: A Presentation at Penn State University”:


The Oxford University Ukrainian Society reading of Dr. Naydan’s translation of Lina Kostenko’s poem “Wings”

Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych and Dr. Naydan doing a bilingual reading at Penn State

Ukrainian poet Viktor Neborak reading his poetry at Penn State

Ukrainian poet and publisher Ivan Malkovych giving a reading and lecture at Penn State:

Actor Michael Bernosky reading from Dr. Naydan’s translations of Yuri Andrukhovych’s novel Perverzion: